Adjusting to a new semester can be stressful, and a good book or movie is a great way to relax and take a step back from a busy schedule. Fortunately, 2014 is going to be quite the year for books to become movies. Here are just a few to keep an eye out for.
1. The Fault in Our Stars: This book by John Green was released in January 2012 and was named TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012. This very popular book tells the story of sixteen-year-old Hazel, who has been battling stage four cancer and is clinically depressed. She begins going to a weekly support group and meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer patient. Their love story unfolds and the book has had critics and readers raving. Since this book hit the shelves, fans have been hoping for a movie to be released, and so in June 2014 the movie will come to theaters.
2. The Monuments Men: This book by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter was published in September 2010 and is based on a true story. During WWΙΙ, a special force of American and British men that were historians, curators, museum directors, and more, risked their lives in Europe during the war to save art and culture that was being destroyed by Hitler and the Nazi army. The film depiction of this book will be in theaters in February 2014. The All-Star cast includes Matt Damon, George Clooney, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett.
3. Gone Girl: The book by Gillian Flynn has received four out of five stars by critics and is a New York Times bestseller. Published in June 2012, the novel tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who were about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy went missing. This book is a mystery and thriller and although signs point to Nick Dunne, it is hard to figure out if he is really the killer. This suspenseful book has received positive feedback from The New York Times, People Magazine, TIME and many other critics. The movie, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, will be released in October 2014.
4. The Giver: This novel by Lois Lowry was published in 2002, and you may have read it in grade school. This is the story of a boy named Jonas who is living in a perfect world where there is no war or pain and everything is peaceful. As Jonas gets older he gets called for training by the Giver, who knows the story of the past and the violence it holds. The movie, starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard, and Taylor Swift, will be out in August 2014.
5. A Long Way Down: This book by New York Times bestselling author, Nick Hornby, was published in 2006. This is the fourth novel by Hornby and has had a mix of reviews from critics and readers. This is a story of four different people who come together on New Year’s Eve. Each character has a different story, from former TV talk show host, to musician, teenage girl and mother. All four characters find themselves on the roof of Topper’s house, a famous place in London where people often jump to their death. The book tells their stories and challenges and has received many positive reviews. The movie will in theaters in March 2014.