Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Age-Old Question: Book or Movie?

Movie adaptations of popular books have always been a Hollywood trend, and this holiday season is no exception. Here are a few titles of wildly popular books that you'll get to watch on the big screen:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is a classic story about love, justice, and salvation set in 19th century France. It follows Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who struggles to avoid recapture by the policeman Javert while taking care of the young Collette, the daughter of ill-fated prostitue Fantine.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy follows the titular Anna, a beautiful woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to Aleksei, a man twenty years her senior. Anna's fateful decision to relentlessly pursue an affair with Count Vronksy results in tragedy and heartbreak for nearly everyone she knows.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is set in 1922, a time when romance and intrigue were the main pastimes of the wealthy. Young graduate Nick becomes embroiled in the dramatic events surrounding his beautiful cousin Daisy, her unfaithful husband Tom, and the enigmatic, enormously wealthy Jay Gatsby, a man who has never let go of his obsession with Daisy and their past relationship.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is the epic prequel to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and follows the naive and inexperienced Bilbo Baggins as he is caught up in the quest to reclaim the dwarven kingdon of Erebor from the great dragon Smaug. Along the way, he happens to encounter the creature Gollum and his mysterious golden ring...

World War Z by Max Brooks is a much more recent addition to the literary pantheon, but it has generated quite a lot of buzz. The novel is set right after the devasting war between humans and zombies, and follows a journalist as he travels the world and discovers the horrific events that had occured, and just how far some countries went to secure the survival of their nation. (The scene set in Kiev is enough to make your blood run cold.)

So whether you're waiting for the movie or want to read the source material before heading out to theaters, there are a lot of great stories waiting to be experienced.

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