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6 Latter-day Saint Authors Whose Books Became Movies


Orson Scott Card

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If both Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley are in a movie, it's a pretty safe bet that movie will be awesome. Such is the case with Ender's Game, a 2013 sci-fi epic based on Orson Scott Card's novel of the same name.

The story of a futuristic school in which gifted children receive military training under threat of alien invasions, Ender's Game has captivated readers since its publication in 1985. As an active member of the Church, Card has capitalized on the success of his tale, using his fame as a platform from which he often vocalizes his faith.

James Dashner

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A few years ago, James Dashner was an accountant, earning money to support his family before he made the transition to writing full-time. A graduate of BYU, Dashner had a long-held desire to create. "I'm a creative person trapped in an accountant's body," he told the Deseret News.

When he published his novel The Maze Runner in 2009, he couldn't have anticipated the reaction it would receive. The novel and its sequels became wildly popular, and within three years, 20th Century Fox had begun filming an adaptation for the big screen.

Dashner's Maze Runner series is a dystopian novel that begins with a group of teenagers who are experimented upon by a mysterious organization.

Shannon Hale

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It's a common complaint that romantic books and movies give women unrealistic expectations, and it was as true two centuries ago as it is today. Shannon Hale's award-winning novel Austenland is the story of an average, New York woman who develops an unhealthy obsession with one of literature's most famous expectation-setters—Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Stephenie Meyer (who you'll remember from another book in this list) liked the book so much she produced a feature film of the same name. Starring Keri Russell, Jane Seymour, and Jennifer Coolidge, the film premiered at Sundance and received a theatrical release soon after.

Shannon is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born and raised in Utah, she has a tendency to let religious themes play into her stories—even going so far as to make some of her characters Latter-day Saints!

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