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           We all see movies titles that sound familiar to us, and they usually are because there is a new trend in the film industry; which is turning novels into film adaptions. Sometimes they can be successful just like the Harry Potter series, or can be a total flop like Cirque de Freak. Here are a few films that are already released or will be released this year. You can all be the judges of whether the films make the book justice or not.

 

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1. The Great Gatsby – Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Taking place during the Roaring Twenties, this novel turned movie brings in the elegance and glamour of the time, which is not without its fair share of drama. This movie came out in May and is now on Blu-ray and DVD but this is a must watch. Does it do the novel justice? It is up to you to decide.

Synopsis: Nick Carraway is intrigued by the life of his millionaire neighbor named Jay Gatsby. However, Nick learns how not so simple Gatsby’s life is and how obsession, madness, loneliness and tragedy await him.

 

2. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Novel by Rick Riordan and Directed by Thor Freudenthal

In order to understand the second film I recommend you to watch the first film named Percy Jackson & the Lightening Thief. The first film was not too bad but this sequel has received better reviews and is worth watching. If you are interested in fantasy, then these novels and films are just for you.

Synopsis: Percy Jackson and his friends embark on a journey to find the Golden Fleece while also trying to stop and ancient evil from rising.

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3. The Host – Novel by Stephenie Meyer and Directed by Andrew Niccol

If you are a fan of the Twilight series, then I recommend The Host! It is different compared to Twilight, but it has some aspects that can relate. Of course it has a love story and if you would like to see an action packed romantic film, then this is the movie you can watch with your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Synopsis: A race of aliens start taking over human bodies which causes memories of the human to erase, except for this girl named Melanie. Melanie, later known as Wanderer, is able to feel and think for herself, and is willing to do anything in her power to protect the people she cares about most.

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4. Carrie – Novel by Stephen King and Directed by Kimberly Pierce

Carrie, Stephen King’s classic first novel that became an instant hit when it was adapted into a film in 1976. The remake of the film is just a more modern version of the previous film. Carrie is a tragic story of a girl who is constantly bullied from not only kids at school, but also her own mother. As the story progresses, Carrie discovers a power that she uses to her advantage. If you are into gore and thrillers then Carrie is definitely for you.

 

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Synopsis:  Carrie White is an outcast in school and is sheltered by an overly religious mother, and because of that she unleashes “telekinetic” powers. She unleashes those powers when she is pushed too far in her high school prom.

 

5. Ender’s Game – Novel by Orson Scott Card and Directed by Gavin Hood

I remember reading this book in high school and I loved it so much that I finished the whole thing in just two days. This science fiction novel is full of excitement and courage because of Ender’s character. The ending is unexpected but I am excited to see this movie when it is released in a couple of days. Ender’s Game is a more modern novel but is likely to become a classic. Must watch movie for sure!

Synopsis: The International Military seek out to find a leader to help them save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, who is still a bit underage to join the military, is recruited and trained to lead his soldiers into battle to determine the fate of the human race.

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Sources: IMDB, Goodreads, Google.

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Coffee House Poet by Lisa Tate

A grey haired artist bares
His soul as he shares
Emotional words
From that stage up there.
Afterwards he can be seen
Moonwalking towards his
Cup of dreams
A mug of steamed coffee doused in
Amaretto cream.
Ripples caused from his
Shaking hand
Give away to nerves unplanned.
Yet he never walks away
He’ll face that bright
Sunshiny day.
And he’ll face that slow-cooked
Blackened night
Head on, face looking at the stars
The bars, the speeding cars.
He’ll sit on the scarred stone walls
Outside the performance hall.
Writing down thoughts,
Writing down rhymes,
Writing down poems and finds,
Because that’s what he’s supposed to do.
He’s meant to tattoo his words
Onto peoples hearts.
To make his audience stew
Over what’s true
And the facts they thought they knew.
He’s meant to pursue emotions
To color devotions
To knock down promotions,
To tie back hair and watch people stare
At the worlds he’s discovered,
Created, uncovered.
And he does his job,
Pulling back the curtains to reveal
Stories that are fiction
And those that are real.
He designs his own world
In which he’s learned to ignore
How he feels
How it hurts when he’s torn
From pedestals, from stages,
From miles of blank pages.
And he’s stuck in their cages,
Putting pen to the paper,
He writes it all down,
All the smiles and frowns,
His observations of the street
Beats of yellows and browns.
It’s all there, colored in on the page
Outside the lines
Like he was half his age.
He’s bent on breaking through
This world tinted with
Rage.
He desires to
Peel back the pavement
And find something better underneath.
A place that circumvents reality,
Fatality, normality.
Where he can be whoever,
Go wherever.
A tangible universe
In which he can endeavor
To maybe for once,
Stop asking for permission
And produce his own definitions.

 

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