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Popular books take to the big screen

Recent books capture the minds of avid readers.

By Alexa Rosas| Staff writer

Who doesn’t love a good evening at the movie theatre? The scent of fresh, buttery popcorn greets you at the door, and illuminated signs advertising upcoming films fill you with excitement. But what is better than seeing one of your favorite books portrayed on that majestic screen? Getting to see your favorite stories and beloved characters brought to life brings about feelings of joy and fulfillment. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Devil in the White City, The Host, and the risque Fifty Shades of Grey are all novels that captured the hearts of many readers and earned a spot on our list of must see books-gone-big screen.

When asked if she would be attending The Perks of Being a Wallflower, sophomore, Emily Rodriguez, exclaims “Yes I’m excited! I am going to see it opening night!”

First on our list, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is a coming of age novel written by Stephen Chbosky and published in 1999. This is the story of an awkward freshman named Charlie who is adopted by two high school seniors and shown the real world. In this new digital portrayal starring Logan Lereman as Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam, and Ezra Miller as Patrick.

“I think Emma Watson will play Sam well, because she’s a little crazy and Sam is a little crazy. I also think the main character will be played well, because he’s a little awkward and the guy playing him is a sort of awkward looking,” Rodriguez said.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is bound to make you laugh and make you cry, just like the book. Be sure to catch this page turner on the silver screen September 21, 2012.

The Devil in the White City is a novel known to many Johnson Juniors in English III. By combining murder, mystery and history, Erik Larson is able to depict a true American Tale, strange enough to be fiction.

”I thought the book was very entertaining. I find murder mystery books intriguing,” senior Rachel Thorpe said.

Published in 2004, The Devil in the White City was awarded a National Book Award and is to become a film in 2013. Taking place in the 1836 Chicago World’s Fair, this story fluctuates between good and evil and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“It was probably one of the best school books we’ve had,” Thorpe states, “I think the movie will be pretty good.”

Twilight may be over,  but Stephanie Meyer’s popular science fiction novel, The Host, is making its debut on the big screen March 29, 2013. When Earth is invaded with body stealing aliens called souls the few people that are still themselves go into hiding so they may survive, but what will happen when a soul and a human are two of the same?

“I’m really excited for the movie,” sophomore Lexi Wilson proclaims, “I just hope they don’t destroy the book.”

Filled with action and romance this movie will capture the attention of both twihards and sci-fi fans alike.

Finally, for that more scandalous book that swept the nation this summer, Fifty Shades of Grey, is a risque novel by E.L James. Reflecting light, but appealing to a more mature age group, this book is bound to be a box-office hit when it hits cinemas sometime in 2013.

The cast for this film is not yet finalized, but the leading lady, Anastasia Steele, may be played by Kristen Stewart, Lucy Hale, Felicity Jones, or Elizabeth Olson, while The mysterious Christian Grey may be portrayed by Ryan Gossling, Wes Bentley or Matt Bomber.



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