Perks Review/Books To Movies

I've been waiting for The Perks of Being a Wallflower to come out since the moment I heard it was going to be a movie.

I love the book so much and was worried about how well it would translate to the big screen, but I seriously loved the movie. I fell in love with Logan Lerman as Charlie within five minutes, which broke my heart because I already knew the story. Ezra Miller and Emma Watson were also amazing. Actually, the casting for every character was spot on. Jacob wasn't looking forward to a movie I described as "a really sad story about high schoolers, but really uplifting and heartwarming at the same time". But he loved it and said it was one of the best movies he'd seen in a long time. Have you guys seen it yet? What did you think?
There are so many upcoming movies that were based on books. Check them out:
Wuthering Heights, Oct
Kaya Scodelario (my favorite character from UK Skins) and newcomer James Howson play the young lovers in an indie twist on the classic novel.

Cloud Atlas, Oct
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Jim Sturgess star in this Sci-Fi story about how actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. All the above actors will play multiple characters in six different stories.

The Silver Linings Playbook, Nov
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Anna Karenina, Nov
Keira Knightly plays the aristocrat who enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky (played by Aaron Johnson. Also stars Jude Law and Kelly McDonald.

Life of Pi, Nov
Ang Lee directs this adventure drama about an Indian boy named Pi who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Great Expectations, Nov in UK (No US release date yet)
A retelling of the Charles Dickens story about an orphan who becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. Helena Bonham Carter as spinster Miss Havisham? I’m in! It also stars Jeremy Irvine and Ralph Fiennes.
Les Miserables, Dec
Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Sasha Baron Cohen and Aaron Tviet star in Victor Hugo’s book turned musical.

On The Road, Dec
Sam Riley plays young writer Sal, who goes on a cross country journey with his friend (Garrett Hedlund) after his father’s death. The cast includes Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortenson, Steve Buscemi and Terrance Howard.

Hitchcock, Jan 2013
This film is a behind the scenes look at the making of the creepy movie. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), Helen Mirin (Hitchcock’s wife), Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh), James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins), and Jessica Biel (Vera Miles).

Safe Haven, Feb 2013
The Nicholas Sparks novel centers around a young woman (Julianne Hough) with a mysterious past who lands in North Carolina where her bond with a widower (Josh Duhamel) forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. Also stars Cobie Smulders.

The Great Gatsby, May 2013
Although I really didn’t like the book, Baz Lurhrman is one of my favorites and he’s turning this classic into a spectacular. Plus, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are the stars. I'm so bummed this got pushed back. I can’t wait!

World War Z, Jun 2013
Brad Pitt plays a U.N. employee racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic. Other cast members include Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos and David Morse.

Romeo and Juliet, 2013
Baz made this movie back in 1996, but it’s being done again, in a traditional way. Haylee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth play the star-crossed lovers and other cast members include Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard.

Admission, 2013
This dramedy takes place at Princeton, where an admissions officer (Tina Fey) gets involved with an old friend (Paul Rudd) and a 17-year old student she may have given up for adoption. It also stars Lily Tomlin and Michael Sheen.

Back Roads, 2013
The thriller centers on a young man in Pennsylvania caring for his three younger sisters after his mother was sent to prison for the shooting death of his father. Andrew Garfield plays the main character that also falls for his older neighbor (Jennifer Garner).

Dogs of Babel, in development
Paul Iverson (Steve Carell) is a linguist who calls home one day to find out his wife is dead and tries to teach the only witness of her death, his dog, to speak. He uncovers more about his wife's last day and remembers events through their life that led to it.

The Glass Castle, in development
The memoir by Jeannette Walls (Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to star) recounts her unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing at the hands of their deeply dysfunctional parents.

An Object of Beauty, in development
The Steve Martin book centers on Lacey (Amy Adams), an entrepreneur who scours the globe looking for pieces of artwork, and becomes romantically involved with several different men, one of whom is a famous artist.

The Sky Is Everywhere, in development
Lennie (Possibly Selena Gomez) a 17 year old band geek has to balance her emotions following the sudden death of her older, outgoing sister as well as two love interests (one of which was her sister’s boyfriend).

Why We Broke Up, in development
Haylee Steinfeld plays Min, a sophomore who falls for a senior/captain of the basketball team, and gets caught up in their roller coaster romance. The story unfolds a few weeks after their break-up, when she drops off a letter and a box of stuff on his porch.

Have you read any of those books?
Movies never seem to do the story justice, but are you excited to see any of them?
I'm linking up with Heather again. Twice in one week!


Jo said...

Wish I had the time to read all the great books out there .... (sigh)

Melanie Montgomery said...

Ok..I'm so excited to see some movies now! I love alot of these books!

Misty said...

I still need to read The Glass Castle. It's on my list. I definitely want to see The Silver Linings Playbook. I've heard great things about On The Road. Great cast!

Jen said...

Perks of a Wallflower is on my to read list! I didn't know there was a movie!

Nicole Calvert said...

Perks is so near and dear to me and I thought they did a good job with the movie. I cried like a kid...but in a good way.

I also heard they moved gatsby back to summer 2013. It's another favorite and I am very skeptical of the movie based on the trailor.

Christianna said...

So glad you liked both version of Perks! Gah, I just love that book and the movie was really good as well! I'm also excited to see about 90% of the other flicks you have listed on here! Yay!

MiMi said...

I wanna watch the new Romeo and Juliet...the one in the 90's was freaking weird.
LOVED Anna Karenina so that will be a good one to watch!

MiMi said...

OH! And Back Roads! SQUEEE! I loved that freaky book!

Jessica Renee said...

I can't wait to see Perks!! I've never read that book bu really want to see the movie...

A couple of those books are also on my list.. Hopefully I can come up with the time to read them soon!! :)

SMD said...

The only movie I've ever liked better than the book was Cider House Rules. In general, I try to avoid seeing the movie after I've read the book.

I rarely go to the movies but will probably see Gatsby in the theater. I can't resist the combination of one of my favorite books and Leo.

I'm curious about the translation of Back Roads to film, so I'll for sure see that on DVD.

I love book talk!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

The Glass Castle?!?! I don't know if I could handle that.

I must read Perks before I see the movie.

Worst book to movie ever: One Day. The book is just amazing. The movie saddened me because it was so awful!

tara said...

i'm on a looooong waiting list at the library for perks. can't wait to finally read it!

Mrs. K said...

There are so many of these books that I didn't know were going to be made into movies. Yay! I'm excited about Safe Haven. Nicholas Sparks was beginning to bore me, but I liked that book a lot and re-sparked my interest in him.

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

I couldn't get into the Perks of Being Wallflower book :/ But I got free tix to the movie thanks to my POPSUGAR box... still need to use em :/

Shoshanah said...

I can't wait to see Les Miserables in theaters! I actually read the book back in high school and saw the musical as well, so I'm hoping it lives up to my expectations. And while I haven't read Perks yet, I do have the book and I'm hoping to read it soon.

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

Oh wow...I am dying to see Perks. I read the boook way back in the day and can't remeber it anymore so i think i will re-read. you gave my brain overload...I want to see ana k, les mis and hitchcock soo bad!! new surprise with wuthering heights ( although this one has 4 versions so a new one will be interesting again) and safe haven. Still on the fence about Gatsby....and NOOO!! No more Romeo and Juliet!!! Admissions and Bogs of Babel looks/ sounds good....way too many movie hahaah

Corrin said...

I read Perks of Being a Wallflower in HS and then kind of forgot about it, but the movie is fantastic. One of the best I've seen this year.

I didn't like Why We Broke Up at all so I'm a little bitter about it being made into a movie.

Bubblymuppet said...

I'm really hoping Life of Pi lives up to the book. I loved it! Also, planning on seeing Cloud Atlas soon. Guess I should hurry up and read it!!

Meghan @ Shine On said...

Adding these books to Goodreads now - I love books to movies! And you saw it?! Where?!

Sarah E. said...

I had no idea they were doing Great Expectations - eeee! I love that book. I still need to read Perks before I see the movie. And there's a bunch of others I need to read before I see the movie because they interest me!