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2012 Book to Movie Adaptations

by Shweta Maruvada

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Fans of Lord of the Rings movie franchise should get ready for another adventure with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releasing in theaters on December 14th, 2012. A prequel to the Lord of the Rings and based on the novel by JRR Tolkein, The Hobbit explores the life of Bilbo Baggins, uncle of Frodo. It follows Bilbo from the time he finds the cursed ring to its destruction, clearing up any holes from the original Lord of the Rings films.

The first in a film series, The Hobbit will star Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as actors from the previous movies such as Andy Serkins, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, and Sir Ian Mckellen. It will be directed and produced by Peter Jackson.

Senior Nancy Wismer has read all three volumes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. “My favorite was the first one, because that’s just where it started,” Wismer said. She has not read The Hobbit but she is excited for the movie to come out in theaters.

The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is being released on November 21st, 2012. It is based on the novel by Yann Martel, will be directed by Ang Lee, and debut actor Suraj Sharma as Pi. The story revolves around Pi, a 16-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of the sinking of a freighter on the Pacific. He travels in a lifeboat along with an orangutan, hyena, wounded zebra, and Bengal tiger.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Lastly, The Perks of Being a Wallflower hit theaters on September 21st. The movie stars Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, and Logan Lerman.
Senior Courtney Payne said, “I was really excited and really nervous when I first heard that The Perks of Being a Wallflower was being converted into a movie. Perks is my favorite book, and I usually don’t like how movie adaptations of books turn out. I feel like they ruin the book. However, I recently went to see the movie, and I was extremely impressed. The movie stayed true to the novel, and only left out a few minor details”.

Hmm, so which one are you going to watch over winter break?

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