Once upon a time, I read a little book called Divergent. It’s only sold millions of copies to date and been on countless best-seller lists, but perhaps you’ve heard of it. I was immediately engrossed by the complex characters and the fascinating, albeit a little frightening, world that Veronica Roth so expertly created. In the days that followed, I ignored my body’s need for sleep and zipped through the remaining two books in the series, Insurgent and Allegiant. Though left emotionally and physically drained, the books were nothing if not imaginative and captivating. This became my very favorite series—particularly because I love books that fall into the dystopian genre. When I first discovered that my beloved story was coming to the big screen, I pretty much freaked out. But I know I’m not the only one. You see, we lit lovers have an unhealthy obsession with the fantasy worlds that we read about—which pretty much guarantees we will go see the flick, regardless of who’s in it or who’s directing it.
Hollywood has quickly learned that they can make mega bucks off of us book worms. Look at blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Twilight—and, if we’re being honest, Twilight’s movie adaptation wasn’t even that good! Even The Hunger Games franchise hasn’t quite been living up to the incredible novels that they’re based off of. It doesn’t seem to matter. If our favorite books become movies, we nerds will be there for the midnight release. There’s just something incredibly mind-blowing about experiencing your story in a more visual format, even if it isn’t spectacular.
Thankfully, Divergent was awesome; one of the better book-turned-movies so far. Still, there’s a lot more for book-ies to look forward to. Not only are there two more installments in the Divergent series to cover, but there’s also plenty more book-turned-films in the works! Case in point, I’m currently reading the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. Lo and behold, my dear friend Google informed me that there are rumors of the movie rights already being purchased by Disney (insert girly fit of giggles here). A few of the other highly anticipated titles include, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. That’s a whole lot of lit! Book freaks, are you ready for the upcoming lit lovers paradise?