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Novels Adapted to Films in 2013

With 2013 coming to an end, it is worth looking back on all of the great book adaptations that graced the silver screen. From The Hunger Games to Ender's Game, there are countless adaptations that have enchanted audiences around the world. Many of these films are helmed by renowned directors and feature well-respected actors and actresses, but nothing can compare to the initial reading of a great book.

Ender's Game

The long-anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card's cult favorite, Ender's Game, was released in 2013 to vast critical acclaim. While the novel has had its fair share of followers over the years, the film spurred criticism of the author's alleged homophobic beliefs. This controversy did nothing to stop the film from quickly rising to the top of the box office, and the story of a gifted futuristic teenager participating in war games enthralled audiences all over the nation with its engaging story and energetic special effects.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games became one of the highest grossing ebooks of all time, and the series continues to please fans with its film adaptations. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second in the series, and it follows heroes Katniss and Peeta after winning the Hunger Games in the first film. After winning the "unbeatable" game, they must now escape the Districts of Panem in this modern update of The Most Dangerous Game. The films carry an eclectic cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, and musician Lenny Kravitz.

The Great Gatsby

Released in early 2013, this newest adaptation of The Great Gatsby was met by lukewarm critical reviews, and audiences were also drastically divisive. The film was directed by Moulin Rouge direct Baz Luhrmann, and it starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Casey Mulligan in the title roles. The film utilized a post-modern editing that incorporated rap music, pages from literature, and hyper-stylized editing to update Fitzgerald's famous 1925 novel. While more traditional literature and film fans may leave the film with a headache, younger crowds may enjoy the film's style and contemporary attitude.

Warm Bodies

This off-beat zombie film trades horror for romance in a modern update of The Beauty and the Beast. After a zombie saves a young student from certain death, she quickly falls in love with her undead savior. Their relationship has its hardships, and the film provides laughs, scares, and even some heartwarming moments for fans of unusual romances. As one quirkier adaptations in 2013, Warm Bodies is guaranteed to become a cult classic.

Gone Girl

David Fincher, the acclaimed director of Fight Club and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directs this adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name. Centering around the disappearance of a beautiful young woman on the day of her wedding, this film is guaranteed to provide visual scares, a haunting score, and Fincher's trademark pacing. The film currently stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris, and it is currently scheduled for a late 2013 release.

This list will remind you of the year’s best adaptations, and you may find some new ones that are coming out just before 2014. Try reading the book first, so that when the movie is released, you will be able to compare it your initial experience. Make sure to program your DVR to keep an eye out for these as they become available on your TV. Pick up the best DVR on the market using DirecTV Genie. Whether you are reading them for the first time or watching them at home these stories are guaranteed to entertain.


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