So, I do have a fascination with reading the source materials for movies, if possible before seeing them. I know I am not alone, So, here are THE books you need to read before going to the movies this year.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: This short story by the Grimms is generating two movies this year: Mirror Mirror (3/16) and Snow White and the Huntsman (6/1). Can't wait to see all the stuff the producers and writers throw in there to fill out a couple hours. These movies, being based on such a short story, are reminiscient of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Something tells me the results will not be the same.
The Hunger Games: (3/23) This literary phenomenon has now been made into a blockbuster from Hollywood. I just saw the preview a couple of days ago and it looks interesting. I really liked Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, so this should prove to be a good one for a Saturday rental after it comes out on DVD.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: (6/22) While not really up my alley in terms of literary choice, I am intrigued by the fact that it is directed by Tim Burton. -D is a big fan of Burton, but I do think he makes a misstep every once in a while. What I am looking forward to more is his version of Dark Shadows later in the year (he does odd camp best).
The Hobbit: (12/14) The prequel to the Lord of the Rings is finally getting the full Hollywood a la Peter Jackson treatment. I will be forced to see it with the hubby, so I might as well get to reading this one. I tried once before, but I struggled in the first chapter and put it down. We shall see...
The Great Gatsby: (12/25) So if I get dragged to the theater to see the previous two picks, I will get to turn the tables for this one. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Baz Luhrmann and cannotwait to see what he does with this one. I will have to refresh my memory because 11th grade English was not kind to Fitzgerald.
and last but not least:
Team of Rivals (Lincoln): (December, I hope) Rarely do I get all tingly whilst reading the actor list on IMDB for an upcoming movie, but I did on this one! I ablsolutely loved Dorris Kearns Goodwin's masterpiece on the Lincoln presidency (it is hand's down my favorite Lincoln book), so I cannot tell you how excited I am that it is coming out this year! I won't force Drew to go see this one with me. I loaned the book to my dad after I read it and he loved it as much as I did, so sounds like a dad-daughter outing is in the offing!! Yea!
Are there any books that are being adapted for the screen you are excited about this year? Oh, I just realized I left off Twilight (how could that have happened? I wonder). If Twilight is the movie you are most excited about, please do not let me know; I will mock you mercilessly inside my head.