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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Books to Movies, Novels to Films Part 2

Books to Film – Novels to Movies Part 2
Look below for part 1 of this post

It has come to my attention that some of my favorite novels are coming to the big screen.

One such anticipated film is Friday Night Knitting Club By Kate Jacobs. It was a very good read, but I’m jumping out of my skin to see what they do with the movie. Why? Well according to internet sources, Julia Roberts was cast for the starring role. And I personally love Julia. But that movie was originally scheduled for release in 2010… now it’s been pushed back to 2013 and I’m wondering what happened to the original idea.

Next on the list, and I have an all consuming urge to travel to the future so I can see this one TODAY, is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. According to IMDB.com, it is scheduled for release this year! But hey, see above to understand that might not happen. Anyone who has read this series and contemplated a movie version has agreed on two things. One: It would need to be a mini-series to capture even a smidgen of the storyline and character development. Two: There is no actor on earth who could play the scrumptious role of our beloved Jamie and do him justice. So far, the finished product of this film is only a rumor. Only time will tell if it will ever hit the big screen. Time machine anyone?

Last but not least, a project I’m super-stoked about (probably because it actually looks like it will happen) is Janet Evanovich’s “Stephanie Plum” series coming to the big screen! What makes this different than the other two promises above? Well, according to IMDB.Com One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel is completed and due for release on January 27th 2012. Katherine Heigl will star as the beloved and quirky Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum.

Will these novels-to-film projects produce chair-rumbling applause and standing ovations of new cult followers, or sighs and heads shaking in bitter disappointment? Will those who have read these pieces of art enjoy the films more than those who haven’t? Or will those fresh to the storyline, without expectations, enjoy the movies more than the readers? Only time will tell.

Has any book-to-movies moved you in a special way? Leave a comment below on your hits or missed.


  1. I love when a good book is turned into a movie and does well. I'm really looking forward to Cassandra Clare's novel becoming a movie, but I hope they do it justice!

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  2. stephanie plum? awesome! katherine heigl? hmm, i guess we'll see. i pictured a brunette, not so tall and not so hollywood pretty...hope it's good! thx for telling me! something to look forward to =)

  3. All three LOTR movies rocked! Better than the books. I have high hopes for The Hobbit next year.

  4. @Heather - I couldn't get through the first book "City of Bones", though it is still on my nightstand awaiting my return.

    @Tara I know right?!! I totally pictured some big-haired Jersey girl playing the part - like maybe Sandra Bullock a few years ago with teased hair. We will see though, just not soon enough!

    @Alex I didn't know they were remaking The Hobbit - should be interesting to see what they do with it!

  5. I really need to read the Stephanie Plum books, I've heard a lot of great things about them.
    A lot of the books I'm looking forward to being films are just opted right now, not for certain. Although I think that The Giver is pretty much a go since Jeff Bridges has attached himself to it, and the movie people seem excited about Divergent.