Summer Movies Based on Books for 2011

by Mk

in Fantasy & Supernatural,Fiction,General,Summer Movies Based on Books

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These movies, in theaters now or to be released this summer, are based on novels or graphic novels.

Please comment to let me know if I’ve missed any. It’s going to be a fun summer at the movies!


Something Borrowedby Emily Griffith. This movie, starring Kate Hudsen, is already in theaters and doing very well. The novel has consistently made several bestseller lists. Find out why!

Thor, Vol. 1 & Thor Omnibusby J. Michael Straczyn, et. al. Read the graphic novels that inspired the movie! I saw Thor and loved it for a number of reasons. The special effects in this film blew me away!

Priest: Genesis – Volumes 1-3by Min-Woo Hyung. These are the graphic novels that inspired the movie. I didn’t see this flick, which is in theaters now, but I understand the graphic novels are even better than the film.

The Green Lantern will be released on June 17, 2011. Green Lantern: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis is the paperback tie-in for the movie; however, there are a number of Green Lantern novels and graphic novelsavailable. I’ve always loved the Green Lantern series and am looking forward to seeing the film.

It’s time to re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsby J.K. Rowling, Book #7 in the series. The movie featuring the second half of that final book will be released on July 15, 2011. Here’s the long trailer.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. This gripping novel about two same-same sisters, and their lifelong friendship, was published in 2009; however, the movie is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2011 in the U.S., so I know you’ll want to read the book before then.

Captain America: The First Avenger will be released on July 22, 2011. There’s a movie novelization available; however, the Captain America graphic novels are where you’ll learn the most about this superhero.

Cowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg is a 2006 graphic novel featuring alternative history. It’s the basis for the movie to be released on July 29, 2011. The trailers look like it’s going to be a fun summer movie!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett will be released on August 12, 2011. If you like Southern fiction, you’ll probably like this one. Click on the title to read our review of the novel. Here’s a link to the trailer.

Here’s a great reason to crack open some Lord of the Rings! Fathom Events is releasing new extended editions of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in theaters in June. Each one will only play one night and is about 3 hours long. The Fellowship of the Ring will be on June 14, 2011. The Two Towers will be on June 21, 2011. The Return of the King will be on June 28, 2011. To find out if a theater near you is participating and to order tickets, click here.

If these books are not your taste in reading, no worries! This whole week is dedicated to Summer Reading Recommendations. Check out our Summer Reading Overview to see which day will feature a fiction category that interests you. We’ve got something for just about everybody!

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Mk May 26, 2011 at 8:10 am

I just realized that I forgot to mention X-Men: First Class that comes out on June 3rd. I’ve heard it’s the best one yet!


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