Welcome to the first ever Movie Monday here on MMSAI!
Movies are becoming a HUGE part of the book world, what with nearly every single one of our beloved books becoming one! Movie Monday is going to be a weekly feature I do that will talk about what’s coming up, what’s new, what I watched – basically anything and everything to do with movies! Sometimes, they might not even have anything to do with a book….*gasp*
So – to kick things off, I thought it would be fun to discuss the books that became movies before it was such a huge trend. Now, I saw ALL these movies before I knew they were books. I hate that I , even with out knowing it, broke my read it before you see it rule. And I’m actually ashamed to admit that I didn’t know some of these were books…
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997)
Based on: "I know What You Did Last Summer," a 1973 novel by Lois Duncan
Premise: A group of teens hit and supposedly kill a man one summer on a deserted road, covering it up and promising not to speak of it. The next summer, they are terrorized by a man with a hook, and it starts with a note stating, "I know what you did last summer."
Who's who: Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Barry (Ryan Phillippe), with Brandy, Mekhi Phifer and Matthew Settle joining in the first sequel. The direct-to-DVD third film had none of the same actors.
Box office: The films took in $72.6 million domestically for the original and $40 million for the sequel.
THE PRINCESS DIARIES (2001)
Based on: "The Princess Diaries" series by Meg Cabot
Premise: When an average girl discovers she is a princess from the country of Geneva, her entire life turns around. Throughout the process, she realizes life's problems don't just disappear when one is royalty.
Who's who: Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis, Julie Andrews as Queen Clarisse Renaldi, Heather Matarazzo as Lilly Moscovitz.
Box office: "The Princess Diaries" film grossed $165 million worldwide and took in $134 million worldwide for "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement."
CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN (2004)
Based on: "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" by Dyan Sheldon
Premise: The dreams of an aspiring teenage actress are shattered when she and her family move from New York City to the suburbs in New Jersey. She stops at nothing to land the leading role in her high school's play. And when she does, she learns to fend off the jealous popular girls at school.
Who's who: Lindsay Lohan plays Mary Elizabeth "Lola" Cep, Alison Pill is Ella Gerard and Megan Fox is Carla Santini.
Box office: "Confessions of a Teenage Dream" wasn't welcomed with open arms by film critics, but it grossed $9.3 million in its opening weekend, and generated $33 million worldwide.
NICK AND NORAH’S INFINATE PLAYLIST (2008)
Based on: "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Premise: A heartbroken band member falls in love all over again when a girl he meets one night asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for five minutes. Their relationship lasts a lot longer than they expected.
Who's who: Kat Dennings plays Norah Silverberg; Michael Cera is Nick O'Leary.
Box office: "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The romantic comedy grossed $33 million worldwide.
CITY OF EMBER (2008)
Based on:"The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau
Premise:The four "Books of Ember" tell the story of a city where there's no light at all unless the electricity is on -- and the electricity is beginning to fail. In the movie, a teen boy and girl embark on an adventure to help the city and unravel a mystery.
Who's who:Saoirse Ronan is Lina Mayfleet and Harry Treadaway is Doon Harrow.
Box office:The film scraped in $7.9 million at the theater.
THE LOVELY BONES (2009)
Based on: "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
Premise: A teenage girl has been raped and murdered, but she watches from the beyond as the people in her life try to keep going. She also tries to steer her friend in the right direction to find the killer and her body.
Who's who: Saoirse Ronan stars as Susie Salmon, Mark Wahlberg as Jack Salmon, Rachel Weisz as Abigail Salmon and Rose McIver as Lindsey Salmon.
Box office: The film grossed $44 million.
Of course we can’t forget things like HARRY POTTER and TWILIGHT, but I figure those are still fresh enough in your mind, that I didn’t need to throw them in here..and I did know those were books before they were movies.
What book (listed here or not) were you shocked to find out was a book before it was a movie? Leave me a note in the comments!
Thank you LA TIMES for the info on this piece. For more books to movies, follow this link to the original post on the LA Times HERE