15 Books Set To Hit Movie Screens in 2013

Read the books first, or see the movies?

It’s a question for the ages, I know, and not a bad conversation starter at that.

If you’re the “read it first” type, Hollywood is challenging you to keep the stack of books on your bedside table moving along to keep up. Studios are releasing films based on books at a fast clip this year, ranging from light romance to lush adaptations of classic novels.

Unlike me, I am sure you have already caught The Great Gatsby since its May release, and it may have inspired you to re-check out F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original novel. Just the previews alone made me want to re-read it, preferably with some jazz on low in the background. If Dickens is more your speed, Great Expectations is another classic you can catch re-imagined on-screen later this year . I think I’m most excited to catch up with the film version of one of the classic mainstays of the young adult genre –  Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume.

I used to be a die-hard read-it-firster myself, but as my reading time has gotten shorter, I’m running out of time to finish all the pages before I want to queue films up on On-Demand, or catch them in the theater. Taking a peek at the list of great options coming from page to screen this year made me really want to sit down with a few of these stories before I experience them as films, though.

And really, if you never do that, how can you ever complain that the movie just wasn’t as good as the book? That’s still part of the fun.

Which of these recent or upcoming 2013 releases have you read?

  • Tiger Eyes 1 of 15

    Officially released last year, Tiger Eyes is in wider United States distribution this summer. Based on Judy Blume's best-selling young adult novel, the film features Willa Holland as Davey, a young woman coping with her father's death, Amy Jo Johnson as her mother, and Tatanka Means as Wolf, the Native American boy she meets in New Mexico. 

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  • Winter’s Tale 2 of 15

    Colin Farrell, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, and Jennifer Connolly hit the big screen in this adaptation of Mark Helprin's novel. Set in a supernatural version of 1916 and present-day Manhattan, Winter's Tale is a love story about Peter Lake, a girl named Beverly Penn, and New York. 

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  • The Great Gatsby 3 of 15

    Baz Luhrmann's lush adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age classic premiered in May. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as his Midwestern neighbor, Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. If you've never checked out the original novel, it's as perfect a summertime read as the movie is for a vacation escape. 

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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 4 of 15

    Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson reprise their roles as Katniss and Peeta in this second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. They find themselves targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th installment of the Hunger Games causes a rebellion. Phillip Seymour Hoffman takes a turn as Plutarch Heavensbee (he will appear in both Mockingjay installments), Elizabeth Banks appears as Effie Trinket, and Liam Hemsworth repeats his role as Gale Hawthorne. 

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  • Carrie 5 of 15

    This latest adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel features Chloë Grace Moretz as ill-fated prom queen Carrie, Julianne Moore as her mother, Judy Greer, and Ansel Elgort. Carrie is due to hit theaters again in October. 

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  • Ender’s Game 6 of 15

    This film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's classic science fiction novel features Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, and Abigail Breslin as his sister, Valentine. Considered a great hope to save the Earth after 70 years of torment from the alien Buggers, Ender heads to combat school, which just happens to be in orbit around the planet. Due in November, the film will also have an IMAX version. 

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 7 of 15

    Based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of his fall from Wall Street wealth to prison for refusing to cooperate in a securities fraud case, this November release features Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, and a cast including Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Spike Jonze, and Rob Reiner. 

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  • Great Expectations 8 of 15

    Released last year in the UK, this film adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations stars Helene Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine, and Holliday Grainger. It's not due out until October, so if you need some time to sink your teeth into this lengthy story of Pip, Estrella, and Miss Havisham, you have plenty of time. 

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  • Austenland 9 of 15

    Keri Russell plays New Yorker Jane, whose real-life obsession with the fictional Mr. Darcy (as played by Colin Firth in the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice) leads her to an English resort for Austen-obsessed ladies. The film is due out in September, but you can pick up Shannon Hale's novel this summer if you can't wait until then to learn if modern-day Jane comes up with a Darcy of her own. 

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  • Horns 10 of 15

    The only thing Daniel Radcliffe's character Ig Perris in Horns has in common with Harry Potter is newly discovered paranormal ability. Accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Ig uses these powers to find her real killer. This film adaptation of Joe Hill's novel is due out in October.


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  • The Wolverine 11 of 15

    This version of Wolverine's story is based on a 1982 comic mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Hugh Jackman reprises the role alongside Famke Janssen and Will Yun Lee in this late-summer release, sure to be a winner in the special effects and makeup departments. 

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  • Twelve Years a Slave 12 of 15

    This film adaptation of the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnaped in Washington, D.C. and sold into slavery, is due for an October release. It features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt. 

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  • Beautiful Creatures 13 of 15

    The film adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's novel was released in theatres in February, but this Southern gothic tale just might make a perfect summer read. Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert play star-crossed Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes. Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, and Emma Thompson also appear. 

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  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 14 of 15

    A James Thurber short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was part of his larger 1939 collection, My Life and Welcome to It. This year's film remake of the 1947 version starring Danny Kaye is directed by and stars Ben Stiller. Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott co-star.  

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  • Long Walk to Freedom 15 of 15

    This film adaptation of Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is due out at the end of the year. Idris Elba plays the South African leader, and Naomie Harris his wife Minnie. This section of Mandela's story covers his life from childhood to his inauguration as South Africa's first democratically-elected president.

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