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Straight From the Page . . .

Hollywood seems to be infatuated with young adult literature as of late.  This is a great thing, both for fans of teen literature and movies alike.  Here are a few young adult books that have graced the silver screen of late, and a few to look forward to:

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien.

Tolkien’s masterpiece prequel to the LOTR trilogy hit cinemas on Dec 14th.  With Peter Jackson at the helm again, this loved classic follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and an entourage of 13 dwarves, as they try to reclaim their home from the dragon Smaug.

 

Coming in Febuary 2013 is the movie version of Isaac Marion’s debut novel Warm Bodies.  This story follows a zombie called “R”, who spends his post-apocalypse days shuffling around an airport.  That is, until he encounters “Julie”, with whom he falls in love with; a love that slowly begins to turn “R” into a human again.  This unique take on the zombie apocalypse, is a great read, and the early reviews of the film bode well.

 

 

Also getting the movie treatment is Beautiful Creatures, the four-book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  The book, and the movie, follow Ethan, as he longs to escape his small Southern town. But, before he can, he meets a mysterious new girl called Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history,  and their town.  Can anyone say “Southern Gothic?”

 

 

And finally, it may be a long way off, but this film has me excited as it’s based on one of my favourite series.  The Seventh Son is based on Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s  Apprentice/The Last Apprentice.  This 18th century adventure story centers on young Thomas, who is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful witch, Mother Malkin, escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.  You have plenty of time between now and the movie’s release to read all 10 books in the series.  There is no trailer for the movie, but I’ll leave you with one of the book trailers.

 

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