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Top Books Made into Movies in 2012


Wondering what books were be made into movies in 2012? Here's the scoop on some of the biggest movies based on books.

'One for the Money'

St. Martin's Press

Janet Evanovich's series about Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum was converted into a movie -- One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl.

'The Lorax'

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Random House Children's Books
Dr. Seuss' 1971 environmentalist tale about "The Lorax who speaks for the trees" is coming to theaters in March. Voices in this animated feature include Danny Devito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Betty White and Rob Riggle.

'The Hunger Games'

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

It seems as if every new cast member that was announced for The Hunger Games movie got a new story in entertainment magazines. Perhaps that's because the books are fantastic, and the world couldn't wait to see it on the big screen. The first movie was released in March 2012.

'The Lucky One'

Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Grand Central Publishing
Nicholas Sparks is back with another heart-wrenching romance like his fans have come to love. The Lucky One is an adaptation of Sparks' 2008 novel by the same name. It is the story of a man who finds a picture of a woman and then tries to find the woman because he thinks the picture is bringing him luck. The Lucky One hit theaters April 20.

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Grand Central

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith turns the life of one of America's most respected presidents into a Gothic nightmare. Funny? Gross? Probably depends on your sense of humor. There is enough of a following for this book, though, to turn it into a movie. The film version of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was released June 22, 2012.



Don Delillo's 2003 novel, Cosmopolis, is now a major motion picture starring Robert Pattinson. Cosmopolis is a long way from Twilight. It is the story of a Wall Street king taking a 24 hour ride across town and the ways his life unravels during that time. Cosmospolis was released in August 2012.

'Alex Cross'

Cross by James Patterson
Little, Brown
Alex Cross is based on James Patterson's 2006 novel, Cross. Previous Alex Cross books turned movie include Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Morgan Freeman played the detective in those movies, but Tyler Perry is taking on the role in Alex Cross, which hit theaters in October.

'Cloud Atlas'

Cloud Atlas
Random House
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell begins in 1850 and moves across time to the future, abruptly stopping the stories in each time period and moving to the next and then back again until it becomes clear how the characters and stories are related. The movie adaptation of the book stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. It will be released on October 26.

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

'Breaking Dawn' by Stephanie Meyer
Little, Brown
There is no need to announce this one! If you've seen Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn - Part 1, you surely know that the last movie in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga is due out on November 16, 2012.

'Life of Pi'

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Yann Martel's 2001 bestseller, Life of Pi, is finally coming to the big screen. Over the years, there were rumors that a number of different directors -- Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Alfonso Cuarón and M. Night Shyamalan -- but the film is finally being made by Ang Lee. The movie will be 3D and will be released in December.

'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Random House
Lord of the Rings fans rejoice! The Hobbit is finally here and includes much of the cast from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy. Set for release in December, The Hobbit is already anticipated to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

'Jack Reacher'

One Shot by Lee Child
Random House
Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher in the adaptation of Lee Child's bestselling novel, One Shot, which hits theaters December 21.
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