Films have always been a popular form of entertainment for people around the world and have been one of the biggest pastimes for people who just need a break from the droning of everyday living. It comes as no surprise that huge blockbuster films like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have proven to be extremely popular and have earned as much as 3 billion US dollars in the box office alone. This doesn’t even take into account the success of the films in terms of home video and video rentals which has managed to keep companies like Time Warner and Metro Goldwyn Mayer afloat despite the troubles brought about by the economic repression.
Before there were films, there were books and these are what usually form the basis of the more popular films that are released into theaters. Of course, in the olden days they mostly had stage plays (though this is still quite popular considering that Benedict Cumberbatch, the man who’ll be playing Smaug for The Hobbit trilogy, began his career in stage plays in England) but most of the fandom have since moved on to that of films. Good books continue to be adapted into films to this very day and here are just some of the recent examples of good books being made into films.
Then we have the Hunger Games written by American author Suzanne Collins. The film is known for its rather dark take on human behavior and the despotism that all too often occurs under a totalitarian regime. It tells the story of a group of youths forced into a battle of life and death in order to provide amusement for a tyrannical government and terrify the citizenry into submission.
And then there’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which has been released just late last year. After the overwhelming success of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy adapted from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson has gone on to adapt Lord of the Rings’ prequel novel as well. Although there were quite a few setbacks before filming began, it seems that the wait was worth it as An Unexpected Journey turned out to be another huge success and one must take note that this is only the first installment as even The Hobbit is actually a trilogy with Desolation of Smaug (the second installment) coming this year in December and There and Back Again (third and final installment) slated for release next year.