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Choi Hyo-min | 승인 2017.07.13 12:31

Nowadays, science fiction and fantasy movies are dominating the box office. You may have heard of or seen Twilight series, The Hunger Games series, or The Maze Runner series. These movies gathered a huge number of fans around the world and especially teen fans were crazy about it. While most of the fans were formed after the movie was released, there are these fans who waited for the whole movie production process.

That includes me and they are the one who have read the original book, which is often a novel from years ago. The movies written above were based on best-selling books in western bookshops. In fact, book-to-movies adaptation became a trend in movie industries and produced universal stars like Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lee Ki-hong.

However, for fantasy and sci-fi movies, the rise and fall depends on how they surpass readers’ imagination and how well the actors correspond to the main characters that readers expect. Sadly, there are some movies that failed in this mission and vanished. I would like to introduce them because unlike the movie, their books are actually very interesting and it is worth the value to read them. 

Percy Jackson & the Olympians(2005) Fantasy 

The story is based on Greek mythology and the author thinks, “What if the twelve Olympians had a son or daughter in the modern human world? Furthermore, what if there is a camp for these demigod (half human and half god) children to train and be protected from mythological beasts?”

Personally, the casting of this movie was great because Logan Lerman matched with the image of Percy, seeming weak but cute. However, the movie could not overcome the criticism that the graphics and storyline were too childish and ended up releasing only two series out of five in total.

 

The Host (2008) Sci- fi

It is a typical science-fiction about earth being invaded by aliens and humans trying to fight them to stop their extinction. However, the author imagines more, “What if the aliens are the form of parasites and they can be implanted into a human body as a host? Furthermore, what if the human(host)’s consciousness is still alive and is able to communicate with the alien mentally?

In fact, the movie reflected well of the calm and slightly depressed atmosphere of the novel. However, a two hour movie could not deal with the broad topic that the novel embedded so it could have been much better if it was produced in the form of a drama. 

 

3 The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (2010) Fantasy

Have you seen the movie Eclipse (2010)? Among the newborn army that Victoria created to revenge the Cullens, there was a young vampire girl “Bree Tanner”. She survived the battle by hiding but met a tragic death for being part of the newborn army.This book is kind of a supplementary story of Eclipse (2010) and tells how they were created and prepared for the battle against the Cullens from Bree’s point of view. As a huge fan of the Twilight series, it will be much nicer to see it through screen because the detailed graphics would let me know what it feels to become a newborn vampire sensuously. 

 

4 Reboot (2013) Sci-fi

What if we can reboot a dead person like we reboot a computer? The author of this book devised an idea for rebooting a dead person. The longer it takes to reboot, the more powerful it becomes. However, the ability to sense emotions fades away too. Would it be a happy life if one cannot feel emotions but can live forever? This book made me think about what mortal life means to human and I hope to see this on screen someday. In fact, some talented novel fans made their own book trailer video on Youtube. Therefore, go check it out if you want to see this book like a short movie! 

  

 

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Choi Hyo-min  hmc97@konkuk.ac.kr

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