Get a read on things: Books-to-movies to keep you busy reading, watching in 2013
Walk through a bookstore and you might forget that you’re actually looking at book titles instead of a list of DVD or theater movie releases.
“The Hunger Games”: Check.
“Les Miserables”: Check. (Bonus points for seeing the musical on stage.)
“Life of Pi”: Check.
“Anna Karenina,” “The Hobbit,” “The Lorax,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “Breaking Dawn” from The Twilight Saga, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” the Jack Reacher series, “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “On the Road” and on and on go the 2012 books-to-movies.
If you are one of those who likes to read the book, then watch the movie, it is time for you to get a jump on the coming year.
Here are some of the book-to-movie releases expected in 2013. Pick out a few, and get your read on.
This fantasy, young adult romance novel follows Ethan Wate, who meets Lena Duchannes first in his dreams and then in reality. Set in the South, this plot involves the supernatural — Lena’s a “Caster” and can use magic — and a family curse.
“Beautiful Creatures” is the first in a series of four books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film version will star Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan and Alice Englert as Lena. It is to be released in February.
Beloved by science fiction fans, this book by Orson Scott Card could be tough for readers to accept on the big screen.
Child genius Ender Wiggin is trained at an elite military school to help save Earth from aliens that threaten to push humans into extinction.
Fans with questions about how film producers are handling “Ender’s Game” might find some answers at endersgameblog.tumblr.com.
The movie stars Asa Butterfield (“Hugo,” “Nanny McPhee Returns”) as Ender and Harrison Ford as Col. Hyrum Graff.
Release is set for November.
“The Great Gatsby”
This novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald has been made in film form at least four times since the book came out in the early 1920s (Robert Redford and Mia Farrow starred in the 1974 film).
This fifth version has Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of millionaire Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Jay’s love and obsession. Other big names in the cast include Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher.
The novel is an American classic, if you haven’t read it already, do it now. The movie release is set for May.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
In the 2012 installment of this three-part telling of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure with 13 dwarves and Gandalf the Grey and snags that fateful gold ring from Gollum.
In the 2013 movie, the group will reach Lonely Mountain, which has become the lair of the dreadful dragon Smaug.
If you liked Peter Jackson’s treatment of “The Lord of the Rings” and the first “Hobbit” film, then you’ll likely enjoy this. Look for a December release.
Based on the novel from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, this film/book tells the story of a parasitic alien soul named Wanderer who is trying to take over the body of a young woman, Melanie.
Because of the host/parasite situation, a love triangle (Meyer has a knack for those, if it isn’t obvious from “Twilight”) develops involving Melanie’s boyfriend, Jared.
Wanderer/Melanie’s movie “host” is Saoirse Ronan (“The Lovely Bones,” “City of Ember”). Release is set for March.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
If you thought Katniss Everdeen was safe after the first book/movie, you’ve got another games coming. Peeta and Katniss go on a Victor’s Tour and find that Panem is ripe for a rebellion. Then the lottery comes up for the next Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell. It changes everything.
This movie has different writers and a different director than “The Hunger Games.” Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”) will direct this one. Gary Ross directed the first film in what is expected to become a trilogy like the books by Suzanne Collins.
Release is expected in November.
She’s “mysterious” with a “past” and “secrets.” He’s a widower with two children. Will they get together? Is this set in North Carolina?
Yes and yes, because this is the latest book-to-movie romance from Nicholas Sparks (“The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” “The Notebook,” “A Walk to Remember,” “The Lucky One”).
It stars Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.
See this one in February. (Guys: This could be a Valentine’s Day winner.)
In an interesting mix of zombie horror and romance, this is the story of the zombie R, who develops affection for the human Julie after eating the brain of her boyfriend.
It’s an oddly delicious tale by Isaac Marion that may have some book fans eager to see acted out by Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, while other fans will be rather put off but so curious they will probably see the movie anyway.
“Warm Bodies” is to be released in February.
Here are some other books-to-movies to consider for your reading or viewing.
■ “Carrie” based on “Carrie” by Stephen King. Release: March.
■ “Epic” based on “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs” by William Joyce. Release: May.
■ “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” based on “City of Bones,” which is book one in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Release: August.
■ “Oz the Great and Powerful” based on and a prequel to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Franz Baum. Also a prequel to the film “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Release: March.
■ “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” based on “The Sea of Monsters,” the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Release: August.
■ “The Seventh Son” based on the Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Darlaney. Release: October.
■ “World War Z” based on “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks. Release: June.