So it's time again for my round-up of which book-to-movie adaptations I'm most looking forward to. After the disappointment that was the Cloud Atlas movie adaptation, I'm keeping my hopes for these very small and quiet. Click on the titles for trailers (if there are any).
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
Now I admit that there are many, many problems with Orson Scott Card as a person but as a writer, especially for this book? Genius. I read this as an adult and was still impressed by the breadth of his imagination. The twists kept coming, and I can easily see how this would translate well to the big screen. Explosions, kids torturing other kids, evil grownups, military strategy, this is a little like Lord of the Flies, but set in the future in a simulated space station. I'll say no more.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Best psychological thriller of 2012/2013. Nick and Amy has the kind of marriage that you hope yours doesn't become. It's amazing that the novel manages to be both fast-paced and emotionally complex. There's been no set release date for the film yet. I don't think it's even been shot, although the cast has been named, with Rosamund Pike as Amy and Ben Affleck as Nick. Affleck's kind of a teddy bear, so it will be interesting to see how he pulls off playing this role.
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
I've heard a LOT about this book, which I've yet to read. I am now torn between watching the film first, or reading the novel first. It's meant to be a completely self-indulgent sapfest, which I'm not opposed to at all. Sometimes a girl (or boy) just needs to cry. Thoughts on whether I should read or watch first, people who have read it?
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
This is a beautiful story, just begging to be made into film. The trailer is exquisitely shot, although it looks a tiny bit Schindler's List-like. On the surface of it, this is a story about Nazi Germany. But it's so much more. It covers all the big themes: friendship, love, loss and more importantly, is an elegy to the power of the written word - both to transform and to destroy.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
I reviewed this book a while ago, and am not surprised to see that the movie rights have already been sold. Gaiman's written some wonderfully eerie and strange stuff that would be tricky to turn into film, but this modern fantastical fable would be a great young adult movie. Watching this space...
Does anyone have anything else to add to this list?