It is an age old argument – is the book better than the movie?
One that will not be answered today. This post is to simply encourage you to read the book first
There are some great movies due out this year based on some of our favourite books and we recommend that you check them out before you see the movie.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. The world has survived the first zombie war, and the government sends out a young man to interview people in order to find statistics on the war. When he returns, he finds out they only want the cold, hard facts. This disappoints him, as he wants to show the world the human, emotional side of the war, so he prints the interviews, so we all can read and connect with them. What follows is the harrowing tale of how a virus starting in the countryside of China spreads via refugees and a general human refusal to believe that bodies are reanimating. All of this leads to the Great Panic, which brings humanity to the very brink of extinction.
Percy Jackson: sea of monsters by Rick Riordan. The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must read instalment of Rick Riordan’s amazing series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half-blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliff-hanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
The spook’s apprentice by Josheph Delaney (movie title – The seventh son). Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local Spook. The job is hard, the spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before him. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the Country, the horror begins…
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Ender’s Game is a military science fiction novel set in Earth’s future. The novel presents an imperilled humankind that has barely survived two conflicts with the “Buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world’s most talented children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training centre known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.
Catching fire by Suzanne Collins. Catching Fire is the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. As the sequel The Hunger Games, it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem. Following the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the oppressive Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the Hunger Games.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to Pandemonium, a club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos & brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else & when there is nothing to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of Nephilim warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. This is her first encounter with Jace Wayland, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel & acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears, Clary is attacked & almost killed by a demon, & is soon pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight?
The hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. “Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .” From YoungAdultBooks Blog
The movie is part 2
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