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From book to big screen

Updated 5:07 PM ET, Fri June 6, 2014
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2014 is full of film adaptations of classic and beloved books, like "The Fault in Our Stars," which arrives June 6. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star in this adaptation of John Green's best-selling young adult novel, about two cancer patients who fall in love. Although the film has a romantic center, this tale has a decidedly un-saccharine edge. Click through to see what other books are arriving as movies in theaters this year. 20th century fox
"A Long Way Down" (June 5 online; July 11 in select theaters): Nick Hornby's darkly comic novel is brought to life by Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette. The story follows four people who all choose to end their life on the same night and find each other at the top of a London building. Magnolia Pictures
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" (August 8): Helen Mirren stars as eccentric French chef Madame Mallory, who competes with an Indian family that opens a restaurant close by. Oprah Winfrey produces. Walt Disney Pictures
"The Giver" (August 15): This story shows us what it's like in a dystopian future with no pain and no color. The movie stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and even Taylor Swift. The Weinstein Company
"If I Stay" (August 22): Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley star in this adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel. Moretz plays Mia, a talented musician who finds herself struggling with the choice of life or death after a tragic accident. Warner Bros.
"Dark Places" (September 1): Two of Author Gillian Flynn's books are being turned into movies this year. The first, "Dark Places," stars Charlize Theron and is based on Flynn's novel about a woman who survives the murder of her family when she was a child. Exclusive Media
"This is Where I Leave You" (September 12): This ensemble featuring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne and Adam Driver tells of four combative siblings who reunite to fulfill their father's dying wish. Expect this group to bring the black comedy. Warner Bros.
"The Maze Runner" (September 19): Another dystopian young adult novel that has been compared to "The Hunger Games," "The Maze Runner" stars mostly unknown actors grappling with what they are doing in a giant labyrinth and trying to escape its clutches. 20th century fox
"The Boxtrolls" (September 26): The creative team behind "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" have adapted Alan Snow's colorful children's book "Here Be Monsters!" for the big screen. Focus Features
"Gone Girl" (October 3): This highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as troubled couple Nick and Amy Dunne. Their problems escalate when Amy disappears and Nick is the prime suspect. The book has a surprising ending; the film may not. 20th Century Fox
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" (October 10): The screen adaptation of the 1972 book stars Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as the parents of 11-year-old Alexander. You may have figured out by the title that things aren't going so well for him, but that doesn't stop the laughs from coming. Dale Robinette/Disney Enterprises
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1": (November 21) The Big Kahuna. The penultimate installment of the epic "Hunger Games" franchise. The first half of the conclusion to the series finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reeling from the events at the Quarter Quell and out for revenge. Get 'em, girl! lionsgate
"Wild" (December 5): Writer Cheryl Strayed's harrowing physical and emotional journey on the Pacific Crest Trail is captured through a performance from Reese Witherspoon. Fox Searchlight Pictures
"Unbroken" (December 25): Angelina Jolie directs this adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's best-seller "Unbroken," which tells the powerful story of WWII POW Louis Zamperini. The Coen brothers wrote the screenplay. Universal Pictures