2012 The Year of Book to Film Adaptions


Hollywood has always loved making adaptions, and 2012 is no different. It was the year of the book. 3 out of the 10 top-grossing movies of the year were based on books: The Hunger Games (grossed $408 mil), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (grossed $287 mil), and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (grossed at $238 mil, and it just came out at the end of the year).

Some dearly loved literature was created into movies. The popular YA coming-of-age book, Perks of Being A Wallflower came out and the adaption “successfully balances touching drama, charming performances, and a challenging storyline with proficiency” (Ben Kendrick of ScreenRant). Several works of classical literature were adapted, some loosely: like Snow White and the Huntsman (based off of a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale) and The Raven (based off of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem). And others more strictly: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey andWuthering Heights. Keira Knightly, who has played such classic literary characters as Elizabeth Bennet and Guinevere, took a turn as Anna Karenina, and some people expect her to get an Oscar out of the deal. Lastly, the musical, Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo’s long masterpiece, came out on Christmas Day and delighted viewers and critics alike.

While some fans loved the adaptions, such as The Hunger Games, others were less than pleased. John Carter came under heavy criticism both for its quality and divergence from the books.

Popular current bestsellers hit the theaters too: fans went in droves to see Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Janet Evonavich’s romantic comedy One For The Money, and the latest Nicholas Sparks tearjerker,The Lucky One.

Kids enjoyed seeing books come to life as well, with the funny Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

2013 is turning out to be another good year for book adaptions. Fans will get to see Koontz’s Odd Thomas, Meyer’s The Host, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, Brooks’ World War Z, and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, among others. We’ll see if they’ll be delights or disappointments.



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Ellie Ann is an author and an editor for Stonehouse Ink Publishing. Check out her new thriller, Breaking Steele, and the upcoming Twisting Steele, she co-authored with #1 Amazon bestseller Aaron Patterson. Something else that tickles her fancy is working with transmedia books at Noble Beast Publishing, where she is a producer, author, and editor.

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