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From Written Word to Silver Screen: 17 books hitting theaters in 2014


Books have a long history of becoming great films. It goes without saying that the two make a good pair, in fact, five of this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees are book-to-film titles. American Hustle is based on The Sting Man: Inside Abscam by Robert W. Greene. Captain Phillips was inspired by A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Captain Richard Phillips. Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty Year Search by Martin Sexsmith became Philomena starring Dame Judi Dench. Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave and Jordan Belfort’s Wolf of Wall Street are also on the list.

So what’s next? Here are 17 books hitting theaters in 2014:

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard becomes a film of the same title, starring Kate Winslet.

2. The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter becomes The Monuments Men starring George Clooney and Matt Damon.

3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is a shoe-in for film following the Twilight phenomenon.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter 4. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin will star Colin Farell in it’s big screen adaptation.

5. Thérese Raquin by Émile Zola becomes the film In Secret, starring Elizabeth Olsen.

6. A Long Way Down is not the first Nick Hornby book to hit theaters.

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth is screaming blockbuster.

8. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is yet another YA read turned movie.A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

9. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais stars none other than Helen Mirren.

10. The Giver by Lois Lowry will come to life with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn isn’t the author’s only appearance on the big screen this year…

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green12. Gone Girl is also hitting theaters and stars Ben Affleck.

13. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper stars funny man Jason Bateman.

14. Rainier and Grace by Jeffrey Robinson inspired the film Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.

15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed will feature Reese Witherspoon as the author who walks to redemption.

The Giver by Lois Lowry16. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand isn’t the author’s first film experience – she also wrote Seabiscuit.

17. Serena by Ron Rash will star on-screen duo Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Get reading before you grab the popcorn!

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