In the last couple of months, I've seen both John Carter and The Hunger Games in the theaters -- both of which are movie versions of some of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy novels. Perhaps starting with Harry Potter, it has become popular to make sci-fi/fantasy books into movies or TV shows, and some of my favorite movies and shows are dramatizations of equally fantastic books.
A great example is True Blood, the HBO television show based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. My husband and I started watching the show when the first season came out on DVD, and we've been hooked ever since. I read the books two summers ago, after watching the second season of the show -- and being too impatient to wait for the third season in order to find out what happened next.
Of course, since the second season the show has diverged dramatically from the story told in the books. Although I still love the show, I greatly prefer the books -- the characters are more complex, and generally (especially in the case of Eric) more likeable. Like so many others, I am eagerly awaiting the release of the 12th novel on May 1 (just a few days now!).
I'm also excited to see that they are making a movie of The Host, Stephenie Meyer's adult sci-fi novel. I adored this book, even more than the Twilight novels (though I'm not ashamed to admit that I liked them, too), so I am pretty excited about the movie. Too bad they start showing trailers so far in advance these days -- I think the anticipation might kill me before it ever gets to be 2013!
What are your favorite movie adaptations of sci-fi/fantasy novels? Are there any coming out soon that you are excited for?