Last weeks broke the news that Jennifer Lawrence will take part in yet another book adaptation. After spectacular success of Hunger Games trilogy (the second part of Mockingjay hits theaters this Fall) the news may not surprise you but did you know that JLaw has a collection of ten movies based on books in her filmography? Here's an overview of Lawrence's book-to-movie picks, including those already made and awaiting movie projects.
Oh and one more thing: it's a special day today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNIFER! :-)
When asked about favorite YA series JLaw answered without hesitation:
Harry Potter. I was so crazy about Harry Potter I read it twice.
All of them twice. I didn’t have a favorite,
I thought they were all amazing.
Although JLaw picked Rowling's fantasy series as her ultimate hit she's more than eager to cast in book-to-movie adaptations from various genres. The actress has been known and appreciated by movie critics prior Hunger Games Part One movie but it is this very title that brought her international fame and crowds of fans. Hunger Games trilogy, however, wasn't the first adaptation Lawrence took part in.
- In Winter's Bone based on Daniel Woodrell's novel Jennifer Lawrence played seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly who looked after her mentally ill mother. The actress gained praises and left a significant mark in the movie business receiving numerous awards and nominations proving she's a young and much talented actress.
Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Ree Dolly’s father has just skipped bail for Crystal meth charges. They will lose their house if he doesn’t show for his next court date. With two little brothers depending on her, Ree knows she must find and bring back her father dead or alive. But life in the Ozarks is harsh and she learns quickly... read more
I love it when I read a book or watch a movie and I discover a new and unique world or community that I was never familiar with before. Daniel Woodrell writes about the tight knit communities in the Missouri Ozark Mountains. I'm almost totally unfamiliar with small American towns like this... read more
- The international success came with the adaptation of the first part of Suzanne Collin's dystopian series The Hunger Games, and continues with next parts.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
There is a lot to dislike about this ridiculously popular book. The main character, the rather awkward romance triangle, the "wow i'm so tough and jaded" constant inner monologues of the main character. The self serving nature of the main character. The rather obscure, evil-for-evil's sake of the... read more
Over the span of a week, my husband and I watched the Hunger Games movies (as of this post three are out). We really enjoyed them so I decided to listen to the audiobook. I really liked it though the narrator sounded quite a bit older than Katniss' 16 years. Still, it worked for me and I'll be reading... read more
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
This is immensely better than the first book, in my opinion, and definitely my favorite book in the series. In fact, it's the only one that I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading.However, there are still many parts, mainly regarding the writing style, that bug me. The comprehension of this entire... read more
This second book was another quick, light read. The writing was just as entertaining, and held my interest all the way through. However, some of the content was a little less interesting to me. The love triangle had too much page time in this story for my tastes. It had been introduced in the ... more
I read this whole series pretty quickly. I really enjoyed the books and, so far, the movies. This book was really engrossing. I was glad to see so much of the story tied up throughout the book. There were some things happening that surprised me. I thought the story arc was realistic under the ... read more
This is the final book of "The Hunger Games" series, and the first one for which I had not been front-loaded by seeing the film.I have to say, this book really was the best of the three. At this point, Katniss Everdeen has become the figurehead for the revolution against the Capitol and its cruel... read more
The second part of Mockingjay hits big screens November 2015. Asked about her favorite Hunger Games movie, Jennifer said:
Probably Mockingjay, with Hunger Games a close second,
I say that because in Mockingjay I get to be Joan of Arc.
Except I live to tell the tale!
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Pat Peoples has just come home from “the bad place”. He is doing everything he can to give his life a happy ending and just does not understand why his family and friends refuse to talk about his beloved wife Nikki. He understands that something happened and he is doing his best to make... read more
This book follows Pat Persons as he deals with reintegrating in life following a stay at a neurological health facility, he can't remember swaths of time and is completely obsessed with bettering himself to win Nikki, his wife, back. During this reintegrating he befriends Tiffany, his best friends... read more
- In 2014 Jennifer and Bradley Cooper (starring also in The Silver Linings Playbook) reunited on the set of Serena based on novel by Ron Rash. This American-French drama tells a story of newlyweds running a timber business in 1930s North Carolina.
Serena by Ron Rash
While the setting is not one to which I would typically be drawn – a Depression-era North Carolina lumber camp – Ron Rash’s characters, boldly drawn and irresistibly ruthless, are what make Serena truly worth reading. It begins when the title character, Serena, arrives in Waynesville, North Carolin... read more
Serena is a man killer. Literally. She eats babies and cute puppies for lunch....and has no redeeming qualities as a character. Normally, that would make me put down a book in a heartbeat because I don't like my characters to act without a conscience. Instead I'm in love with anti-heroes... read more
Jennifer Lawrence's future
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
This book is beautiful. It's so simply written and yet it explores the complexity of a million different issues with a deft hand. Yes, it is flawed - but it hardly matters when it offers the kind of reading experience that it does. I get the feeling your perspective has a lot to do with how you... read more
This book is beautiful. It's so simply written and yet it explores the complexity of a million different issues with a deft hand. Yes, it is flawed - but it hardly matters when it offers the kind of reading experience that it does. I get the feeling your perspective has a lot to do with how you read more
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner... read more
When I picked this book up, I didn't think I would be able to get through it. Why? Because I found Don's voice to be dry, overly logical, and overwhelmingly factual. Interestingly enough, that's exactly why I ended up loving this book. Don is a character that will be impossible to forget. I've never... read more
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
This was quite a book. Set in Iceland in 1828, it is the tale of Agnes, a servant who has been sentenced to death for murder. Sent to live with a family to work while her appeal wends it way in distant Denmark, Agnes must come to grips with the future that awaits her. Gradually, bit by bit... read more
In 1829 Agnes Magnusdottir, was convicted of killing her former employer (and part time lover) and his friend. Without the availability of a prison to house female inmates Agnes is sentenced to await her execution on a local farm. Although the family is, understandably, reluctant to have Agnes... read more
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario begins from her childhood to how she came to be a photojournalist and through her work across the world from New York to Libya to Darfur to Afghanistan. It describes what it takes to be a photojournalist... read more