Reading will always keep you ahead of the curve movie-wise.
Not only are novels an age-old inspiration for film, they’re the best special feature available! Forget about DVD commentary and featurettes.
The best way to learn about your favourite film is to go to the source before you see it.
Screen adaptation: 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'
Release date: August 23, 2013
Screen adaptation: 'Ender's Game'
Release date: November 1, 2013
Screen adaptation: 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Release date: November 15, 2013
The novel has all the cinematic trimmings: A steep rise to power followed by a sharp downfall. This true story was destined for the big screen as a modern cautionary tale.
Screen adaptation: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
Release date: November 22, 2013
The most-anticipated literary adaptation of the year, 'The Hunger Games'' rabid fanbase will get to see Katniss and Peeta in the Quarter Quell.
Screen adaptation: 'Oldboy'
Release date: November 27, 2013
Screen adaptation: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
Release date: December 13, 2013
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom
The book is so great, Peter Jackson made three movies out of it! It's required reading for all earthlings (and middle earthlings).
Screen adaptation: '12 Years a Slave'
Release date: December 27, 2013
One of the most intriguing adaptations of the year is based on Northup's dramatic memoir of his unjust bondage written in 1853.
Screen adaptation: 'Serena'
Release date: TBA 2013 or 2014
Ron Rash's eloquent novel traces the experiences of a timber baron and his intimidating wife in 1929. The film will mark the third collaboration between Lawrence and Cooper.
Screen adaptation: 'Divergent'
Release date: March 21, 2014
Screen adaptation: 'The Fault in Our Stars'
Another young adult novel adapted into a Shailene Woodley movie. She and Lawrence are the queens of the genre. This one is different, however, as Woodley will play Hazel, the novel's 16-year-old cancer patient who falls in love when she joins a support group.
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