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November 02, 2012
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Books turned to movies live up to expectations

It is almost as though every time I turn on the television, I see a commercial for an upcoming movie that originated from a book.

I love books and literature, and every time I see a commercial for a movie, I can't help but think, "Will the movie be better than the book? Is this really worth my time?" Recently, "The Great Gatsby" commercial has me wondering. Being a classic, I don't know if the movie could do any justice for the book. Besides "The Great Gatsby" being my favorite book, the book itself is a classic. I am just afraid that Leonardo DiCaprio playing Jay Gatsby might ruin the beauty of the book. I am still going to see it in theaters on May 10 just because it is my favorite book.

Aside from the classical remakes of timeless books, the Harry Potter series brings entertainment to the big screen in a new way. J.K. Rowling's creation of Harry Potter is so revolutionary. Not only are the books popular, but each movie that opened was always number one in the box office for weeks. The Harry Potter series has been translated into 73 different languages.

Other famous movies made from books include the Twilight series, "The Notebook," "The Chronicles Of Narnia," "Casino," "Lord of The Rings," "Stand By Me" and, just in time for the Halloween season, "The Shining."

Whenever anyone asks for the title of a good romantic movie, usually the answer is "The Notebook." As someone who has read the book and watched the movie, I personally liked the movie better. "The Notebook," written by Nicholas Sparks, is a love story that can mess with anyone's emotions. In the movie, the characters grow on you. If anyone wants to see a real love story, "The Notebook" will be a good choice.

The vampire craze continues on the silver screen. The second part of the last Twilight movie, "Breaking Dawn," is creating a lot of hype. Twilight seems to be popular for teenagers and young adults. Originally these movies stemmed from a four book series from author Stephanie Meyer. Comparing the series to the movies is difficult. From many reviews and opinions, bad acting seems to be a popular opinion about the movies, even though they always break box office records.

Another personal favorite of mine, "Stand By Me" is a movie and book everyone should experience. Based on a Stephen King novel called "The Body," a group of kids growing up in the late 1950s discover a dead body. The movie is a classic and must see, along with the novel.

Many books are becoming movies in today's world. Some of the movies aren't as good as the books, and some movies offer a new light onto these literary creations. All I know is I can't wait for.

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