Popular books head to the big screen


Books are often students’ best companions as they travel during the summer months, but this year they may be surprised to see a beach bag book appear on the big screen.

There are many popular books debuting this summer on the silver screen.

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Many of today's movies are adaptations from books.
On July 15, the Harry Potter series will premier the final film in its series, and the muggle world will never be the same.

Todd Bean, a sophomore from Lindon was left wanting more after the first half of the seventh movie.

“I was pretty upset with the first part of Harry Potter seven just because I wanted a lot more fighting and violence,” Bean said. “After the movie I researched the timeline of the seventh book again and realized that they covered seven-eighths of the book in the first part of the movie, which means that this second part will be two-and-a-half hours of good old wizard fighting goodness. I’m pretty stoked.”

“Winnie the Pooh” also comes to theaters on July 15 and is based on three previously untold A. A. Milne stories.

“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, arrives in theaters on Aug. 12. It tells the story of some unlikely friendships in a segregated Southern town.

Karen Milne, a senior from Carmel, Ind., studying vocal performance, said she hopes the actors are able to carry out Stockett’s full-bodied characterizations from the novel.

“I hope that the movie is able to portray the danger the help was putting themselves in during the ’50s and ’60s,” Milne said. “It was such a big deal for these women to come together and write about their experiences. Whenever you read a good book it’s just fun to see someone else’s interpretation.”

“Moneyball,” a book by Michael Lewis is due out on Sept. 23. The story, based on true events, follows the Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane, and his  successful story in assembling a winning team with a restrictive budget and an innovative computer-generated analysis.

On Oct. 14, Alexander Dumas “The Three Musketeers” experiences an updated cinematic retelling. The last film, also by the same name, came out in 1993.

The Twilight saga’s finale, “Breaking Dawn,” has been divided into two parts, the first half premiering Nov. 18. Though the break between the movies is unclear, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen find themselves in new marital bliss, honeymoon in Brazil and soon find out Bella is pregnant.

Brian Selznick’s Caldecott medal-winning book, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” is showcased in 3-D on Dec. 9 in the movie “Hugo Cabret.” The unique novel relied on illustration on more than half of its pages and is inspired by the true story of Georges Méliès, the man credited as the first cinemagician who also created a few mechanical wind-up figures called automata. Melies was broke toward the end of his life, even though his films were being widely screened in the U.S. He worked in a toy booth in a Paris railway station, creating the setting for the story. Hugo Cabret, an orphan living a secret life on the streets of Paris, encounters a broken automata and gets caught up in a magically mysterious adventure that could place all of his secrets in jeopardy.

One of the most popular reads of the last year, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, is due for release in theaters toward the end of March 2012.

Lindsey McMurdie, a sophomore from Spanish Fork studying technology and engineering education, said she could not be more excited for the movie.

“It’s a good mixture of action and romance,” McMurdie said. “I’m excited to see the way they portray the arena because it’s a huge part of the book and really intense. I have the way that I see it in my head and it will be interesting to see how the director chooses to make it.”

Tolkien fans will be able to see “The Hobbit,” a prequel to “The Lord of the Ring” series next year. Peter Jackson has returned as director to tell the two-part story with current projected release dates for December 2012 and December 2013.

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