The Host Trailer 3…

As I have said before, I enjoyed reading Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host. It was a surprisingly good read for me, which I read only because I was determined to finish it before the movie comes out on March 29th. As much as I liked it, it was a very internal story and I wondered if there was going to be enough action. I would say this third trailer pretty much proves that there will be…

 

Are you planning on catching this one? I am, for sure.

Defying Expectations…

Every once in a while, with this little hobby we all share, I get surprised. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much. If you are like me, you go into a book with certain…expectations. But in the last couple of weeks I have come across a few books that totally did not go the way I had planned.

I have made it a goal of mine to read whatever books I have that are being adapted into movies before they actually come out.  I want to be one of those people that sit in the theater and say loudly “it did not happen like that in the book!” (Not really, those people are annoying, but I will be thinking it).  To that end, I tackled both the four books of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl‘s The Caster Chronicles, and Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host.

beautiful creatures cast coverSo, The Caster Chronicles.  I went into these just knowing that they were a sure thing for me.  They are everything that I usually love in a story, so of course they can’t miss.  Except…they sort of did. They hit all the right notes, but I found myself struggling to stay involved with the story, the world, the characters, the whole works. But every time I decided to give up (and there were a few) and move on, things would pick up enough to make me want to read more. I obviously didn’t love the Caster Chronicles, but I didn’t hate them either. I skimmed way more than I should have, and ended up on the ambivalent side. I spent a good portion of my reading time telling myself that I really should be enjoying it way more than I was, until I finally just admitted that despite some good points (I did like several characters, and it did have a bit of a different vibe to it), that it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I can’t see the film being a monster, Hunger Games/Twilight sized hit, since it is just so darn angsty and slooooow, but I have been wrong before.

8083945Now, The Host was not on my radar. At all. It is completely not my thing, since I have never been a bit sci-fi fan, and the fact that it seemed to be considered Twilight’s poor relation didn’t help. Seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie, and the fact that the hardcover was on sale for $8, I sneered, rolled my eyes, and ordered it. To say that I bought it with low expectations is quite the understatement, and I fully planned on skimming through the first little bit before bed and then giving to a friend that enjoys sci-fi. My half hour “skim” session turned into me reading straight through until 8:00 the next morning, anxious to find out how it all ends. It is a quiet, odd little love story that I couldn’t put down, and made me a bit ashamed that I was so determined that I wouldn’t like it. I do have to say that I wonder how well it will translate to the screen since so much of the story is internal between Melanie/Wanda, but I do know I will be the first in line with my ticket to find out.

What books have defied your expectations recently?  Anything you should’ve loved but didn’t, or did you find one that you surprisingly couldn’t put down?

Triple Trailer Goodness…

Just a couple of days ago, I finished reading the The City of Lost Souls from the Mortal Instruments series.  That wrapped up my Cassandra Clare marathon ( I also read the first two Infernal Devices books), and I found myself really enjoying the whole Mortal Instruments world.  So, to say I was happy to finally get to see the trailer for the upcoming City of Bones movie is an understatement.

Another new adaptation trailer also recently was released.  Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host will be hitting the theater next year, and I have to say that this is one that I know absolutely nothing about.  I haven’t read the books, and I didn’t really have the urge to…until I saw the trailer.  Damn you, Hollywood, for adding to mount TBR yet again.

And this final one is just not my usual thing at all, but when I saw it posted over at Ilona Andrew‘s blog I was hooked.  Warm Bodies, based on the book of the same name by Isaac Marion, looks fun and quirky.

I was very happy with the Mortal Instruments trailer.  Count me among those who sort of wondered at the casting choices, but I liked what I saw above.  The Host also looked like one I will be checking out.  Warm Bodies was a surprise, but I think I like it.  If you add on the Beautiful Creatures movie, looks like I will be spending a lot of time next year at the movies…Which ones will you be lining up for?

Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 Trailer

Ok.  I know everyone has already probably seen this one, but I was surprised when I saw the trailer for Stephenie Meyer‘s Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2, over on Youtube.  I really do need to get off my ass and read the last three books of the Twilight series, but I sort of want to go into the movie unspoiled.  Decisions, decisions.  This one will be hitting the theaters on November 16th.

Are you stoked for this one?  Questionable acting and sometimes cringe-worthy dialogue aside, I can’t wait.

The Host Teaser Trailer

Sooo, I went to see The Hunger Games.  Great movie, I must say, but I am so, so glad I read the book first.  Of course, there was a lot missing from the screen version, but I think they covered the most important parts (I did have to explain a bit to my friend who hadn’t read the book first, though).  I immediately came home and started on (and finished) Catching Fire, too.  Didn’t see any of that coming, either.

One of the best parts of the movies, for me, is always the coming attractions, and there was a brief teaser trailer for Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host.  Now, really, there isn’t much to this, but man did I find it creepy.  Looks like another book I may have to dive into before the movie comes out…

From Page to Screen…

From Harry Potter to Twilight to Hunger Games, pretty much every time I turn around now I hear about a new one of “my” books being somehow adapted for the screen, be it motion picture or television.  I was looking at my Young Adult books, and pretty much every second book is in some stage of movie development.  I am a faithful fan of The Vampire Diaries, just bought the Blu-rays for True Blood, and just might have to get into Game of Thrones.  I can’t wait for the last two Twilight movies, and I plan a marathon of all the Harry Potters when the last one comes out next month.  So, I started digging a bit to see what else is on the horizon for paranormal/urban fantasy adaptations.  Man, I can’t believe just how many there are, and I am sure that I haven’t even scratched the surface…

I am pretty sure there is no one left alive who doesn’t know that Suzanne CollinsHunger Games Trilogy will be heading to the big screen.  It is in the post-production stage right now, and is scheduled for a March 2013 release, and it will star Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland, among others.  The first one hasn’t even opened yet, but the second movie, Catching Fire, has already been given a release date of November 22nd, 2013.  And, like Twilight and Harry Potter before it, there is even a rumor that book three, Mockingjay, may actually be split into two movies.

There have been rumors for quite a while about Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments series being made into a movie, but things are definitely a go now.  It is in the pre-production stage, but principle casting is taking place. So far Lily Collins is confirmed for Clary, and for a while it looked like Alex Pettyfer was going to be Jace.  However, it appears that Jamie Campbell Bower has won the role.  Filming will begin in January, and it is thought to be a late 2012 release.

Now, there was some big news recently on the adult book front, as well.  Prolific author Sherrilyn Kenyon has not one, but TWO deals in the works.  She will partner with Amber Entertainment to produce a movie based on her Chronicles of Nick series, starting with the first book, Infinity.  And if that isn’t enough, there is also plans for a tv series based on her signature Dark-Hunter series.  Very little info is known as yet about either project.

Around the same time the Kenyon news came out, it was also announced that Dreamworks is looking to develop its own fantasy franchise starting with all five books of Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series.  This is not the first time these MacKayla Lane books have been optioned, as it was originally a 20th Century Fox property.  This sounds promising, however.

For the last year or so, I have seen references to a Diana Gabaldon Outlander movie.  As of late last year, it was still in the “in development” stage, with both Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler rumored to be attached to the starring roles.  Right now, it is the script stage, but it is being listed as a late 2012 release.  I could totally work with Gerry, but Heigl?  Meh.

Getting bored yet?  There is a ton more to go.  For the last couple of years, there have been whispers of a Richelle Mead Vampire Academy movie (or movies).  It seemed like momentum would be building, and then just sort of…vanish.  Looks like things are back on track (as of now), since this is being shopped as a 2013 release.  No clue on whether it is to be considered a one-off movie, or the beginning of a series (what with there being six books in total).  Here’s hoping things work out this time around.

Following on the huge success of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer is going back to the movies with her other, more adult sci-fi series.  The Host, which will be hitting the theaters on March 29th, 2013, is the first book of the series of the same name.  At least, Meyer has outlined two subsequent books, titled The Soul and The SeekerDianna Agron, Luke Wilson, Shiloh Fernandez, and Ian Sommerhalder (yes!  Please?) all auditioned for various roles, but the only confirmed actor is Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), who will be starring as Melanie Stryder.

It looks like Kiersten White‘s trilogy, starting with Paranormalcy (followed by Supernaturally and finally Endlessly), is also a go.  It was actually optioned before it was even published, and the first time director is Ray Kay (yep, really), known for directing music videos from the likes of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

It was only a matter of time before the next two were given the movie treatment.  First up is Fallen, from author Lauren Kate.  Disney Pictures picked up the rights for Fallen, plus the expected three books to follow, in the middle of last year.  Casting is going on now, and as of even last month rumor was pointing to actress Lucy Hale playing Lucinda Price.  Meanwhile, Maggie Stiefvater‘s Wolves of Mercy Falls series (starting with Shiver), has been optioned by Warner Brothers.  Not much info is available on this one as yet, but Entertainment Weekly did point to it as one of the upcoming adaptations to keep an eye out for.

We will have a bit of a wait for this one, but Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy, starting with Divergent, will be coming to the screen sometime in 2015.  There is little info available as yet, since things are in the very early stages, but on the book front the second title will be Insurgent, and should be available next May.

2013 will also see the release of Incarceron.  Based on the Catherine Fisher series, it is supposedly set to star Twilight’s Taylor Lautner in the role of Finn, a prisoner of Incarceron who knows nothing of the outside world.

And buzz is building about Matched.  Based on the first of three books from Ally Condie, Matched is also still in the early stages.  Movie rights were picked up by Disney, and things are now listed as being “in development”.

There is also talk about the Trylle Trilogy from self-publishing star Amanda Hocking, Beautiful Creatures from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and the House of Night series from P.C. Cast all being in various stages of development, along with Firelight from Sophie Jordan and Delirium from Lauren Oliver.  But things can change quickly, as shown by Melissa Marr‘s Wicked Lovely.  Two months after Kimberly Peirce was tapped to direct, things just sort of…went away.  It is now in the process of being shopped around, so things are back to square one.

So, even though Harry Potter has ended, and Twilight is nearing the finish line, it looks like we will have no shortage of adaptations to keep us running to the theaters for a long, long time.

Odds and Ends

Been a bit of a busy week heading into Christmas, with lots of new covers coming out, along with a bit of info…

  • 2011 will see the release of a new Downside Ghosts book from Stacia Kane.  This is the fourth in the series, but there is no title or release date known as yet.
  • There will be not one, but two sequels for Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host.  Both The Soul and The Seeker are scheduled for release sometime in 2012.
  • From Barb Hendee will be Ghosts of Memories, book number five in her Vampire Memories series.  It is a late 2011 release.
  • The Corinne Solomon series from Ann Aguirre will continue in 2012 with Devil’s Punch, book number4.  It will be followed by Bloody Maria in April 2013.
  • The sixth Feral Warriors book from Pamela Palmer has a title.  Ecstasy Untamed should be available late in 2011.
  • Vampires Dead Ahead is the title of the upcoming fifth book from Cheyenne McCray‘s Night Tracker series.
  • Starting next July is a new series from author Lee Roland, called Dark Huntress.  Book one will be called Viper Moon.
  • Immortal Rider is scheduled for release next December.  It is the second book in Larissa Ione‘s upcoming Lords of Deliverance series.
  • The Hellraisers is a new series starting next December from Zoe Archer.  The first book will be called Devil’s Kiss.
  • Looks like Jacquelyn Frank has gone back to the Nightwalkers world.  I had heard rumors, but now a release date of October 1st has been set for the sixth book, called Jasmine.
  • Rachel Caine also starts a new series next August.  Her book Working Stiff will be the first in her Revivalist series.  And it looks like the fourth book in her Outcast Season series, Unbroken, will have a release date in February 2012.
  • Blood Cursed is the fourth book in Erica Hayes Shadowfae Chronicles, now scheduled for next August 2nd.
  • There is a bit of a change in the fifth book of Seanan McGuire‘s October Daye series.  The title has been changed from The Brightest Fell to One Salt Sea.  Following that will be the September 2012 release of Ashes of Honor, and The Chimes at Midnight a year after that.
  • Looks like October 11th is the official release for Lawe’s Justice, book number 25 from Lora Leigh‘s Breeds series.
  • Elizabeth Naughton‘s Tempted has a new publisher, and a new release date.  The pushed back third book of her Eternal Guardians series should now be available on October 11th.
  • Next October will bring the third book in J.R. Ward‘s Fallen Angels series, this one called Envy.
  • November 2011 will bring the next Chicagoland Vampires book from Chloe Neill, this one called Drink Deep.
  • And on the YA front, looks like Sophie Jordan‘s second book in her Firelight series now has a title.  Vanish will be available sometime next year.