Can’t wait for all the great movies due out this year? We know the feeling, but fear not! The wait won’t be as long as you think, because you can always read the book first! Do we sound like an afternoon special yet? Not sorry.
Just when we were beginning to think 2013 was the year of book-to-film adaptations (The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Enders Game, The Book Thief), we were proved wrong. Lucky for all of us bookworms, 2014 promises of even more adaptations of our favourite young adult novels and series.
This year we’ll cry over The Fault in Our Stars, panic over Divergent, travel one last time to Middle Earth in The Hobbit: There and Back, and watch Katniss Everdeen start a rebellion in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
I personally challenge you all to at least read two books of the book that will get the big screen treatment this year before the movie release. It’ll be worth your while.
The Fault in Our Stars
Release Date: 6 June 2014
You’re missing out if you haven’t read John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. The novel about an unlikely pair falling in love will tear at all your heartstrings. The film adaptation stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendents) and Ansel Elgort as star-crossed lovers Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Bring your tissues because chances are your body is not ready.
In the meantime, you can watch all of John Green’s behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube. They’re all very funny, which is ironic because TFIOS makes us very sad.
Release Date: 14 February 2014
Just when you think we’ve grown tired of the Vampire genre, one of our favourite Vampire YA series has finally decided to make the leap to the big screen. The film adaptation of Richelle Mead’s series of the same name will star Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and Shameless‘ Cameron Monaghan. The pair will star as Natalie Dashkov and Mason Ashford, attendees of the corrupt academy for vampires, St. Vladimir’s Academy. The film will follow the story of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), a half human half vampire who escapes the academy but is forced to return. Fandoms will collide in this epic vampire film and we could not be more excited.
Release Date: 21 March 2014
2014 is Shailene Woodley’s year. Before she makes us cry in TFIOS (see above), she’ll become Tris Prior in this dystopian film that takes place in a futuristic Chicago where people are categorized into factions based on their personalities. Tris falls into the category of Divergent – which means she doesn’t fit into any category. Naturally, this means lots of conspiracy and fighting and over all badass-ness on the part of Shailene Woodley. The film based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name will also star Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Scandals‘ Tony Goldwyn.
The Maze Runner
Release Date: 14 February 2014
Teen Wolf’s hunky Dylan O’Brien will star in the film adaptation of James Dashner’s sci-fi mystery The Maze Runner. Get ready as Dylan becomes a badass hero protagonist who leads a clan of people trapped in a maze. According to reports, the studio already has the rights to the second book in the series, and a script is already in the works. So in other words: so. Many. Feelings. Dylan O’Brien as the star of an adventure/dystopian franchise? Our bodies are not ready.
Release Date: 3 October 2014
If anyone was going to turn Gillian Flynn’s thriller of a novel Gone Girl, it would be David Fincher. The Social Network director will try to uncover the events surrounding a woman’s disappearance on her fifth wedding anniversary. The film’s star-studded cast includes Ben Affleck as the missing woman’s husband, Emily Ratajkowski of “Blurred Lines” fame and, wait for it… Neil Patrick Harris.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Release Date: 21 November 2014
Who isn’t excited for yet more Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and J-Law? Both The Hunger Games and its sequel Catching Fire had us on the edge of our seats, but this year we’ll finally see the group spear head a full-blown rebellion against the capital. Naturally, we can’t wait to see how the series’ action packed third novel unfolds on the big screen. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss leading the charge? Yes please.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Release Date: 17 December 2014
Sherlock duo Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will help wrap up this Tolkien tale in the last instalment of The Hobbit. We can’t wait for some more Martin Freeman being generally adorable as Bilbo Baggins, more of Benedict Cumberbatch’s deep, hypnotizing voice as Smaug, and more Legolas in general.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Release Date: 9 May 2014
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum has spurred countless movie musicals and spin off series. This time around Dorothy returns to Oz to find it in ruins. She enlists the help of her old friends, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, to help her save Oz. The tale will be told as an animated musical that boasts the voices of Glee‘s Lea Michele and Megan Hilty. Count us in.
Release Date: 15 August 2014
For those of you who have yet to read Lois Lowry’ futuristic The Giver, the book tells the story of what happens when 12-year-old Jonas becomes The Giver. The Giver holds all the memories, both good and bad, of his community. While training for the job, the young boy learns a lot about the history and nature of his “perfect” community. As if we weren’t already excited, the film stars Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift.