《魔戒》 (1954)


The Lord of the Rings, a three volume fantasy adventure epic authored by J.R.R. Tolkien has acquired what is in all truth a justified air of victory as it is the second best selling novel ever written with over 150 million copies sold. This highly praised novel is a cliff hanging trilogy, namely, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and the Return of the King. It elicits an indulgent escape from reality and takes the readers to the fictitious world of Middle Earth. Indulgently mindset to destroy the One Ring the weapon of evil, Frodo Baggins, the young hobbit vigilantly surpasses all the terrifying obstacles and dark forces. The One Ring is bound to be returned to Mordor, the only place where it can be destroyed; unfortunately this place is also the Dark Lords lair. The search is a never-ending maze as the One Ring has the mind power to transfer from one owner to another and the Dark Lords wrath continues to destroy the Middle-Earth. Not surprisingly, Frodos quest is a treacherous labyrinth which doesn't throw even a few crumbs of comfort.
 《魔戒》,三卷奇幻史诗巨著,作者是享有盛誉的J.R.R. 托尔金(J.R.R. Tolkien),因为他的作品销量已达一亿五千万本,位列世界畅销书籍第二名。这部颇负盛名的小说有三卷,即《魔戒首部曲・护戒同盟》( The Fellowship of the Ring),《魔戒二部曲・双塔奇兵》(The Two Towers)和《魔戒三部曲・王者归来》(Return of the King)。这部书的内容引人入胜,带领读者进入虚构的中土世界。为了毁灭邪恶的法器至尊魔戒(One Ring),年轻的霍比特人佛罗多·巴金斯(Frodo Baggins)冲破了层层阻碍和黑暗的力量。至尊魔戒必须被送到唯一可以毁灭它的地方——魔多(Mordor),但不幸的是,魔多是黑暗君王的领地。搜寻之路漫漫,似是永无尽头,因为至尊魔戒有自己的意志,从一个人的手中流转至下一个主人的手上。而黑暗君王的暴怒也让中土世界不再安宁。毫无意外,主角佛罗多选择的是一条毫无一丝安逸可言的艰苦之途。

 《初恋的回忆》 (1950)


Nicholas Sparks had to write to divert his depression and pity for his sister, who is dying from cancer, hence the absolutely romantic novel, A Walk to Remember was born. Driven by emotion, A Walk to Remember conveys giving in to destiny and holding on to the test of faith, hope and love. Landon Carter, an aimless, moody, and stunning hunk in Beaufont High departs from his glamorous world for the girl he is least likely to fall for, the last person he would choose to date and the girl who is totally his opposite. Call it fate or destiny, Landon was left with no option but to seek Jamies helpful hands, the chance that triggered the breath-taking realization that this guy who makes use of his looks to cope in school is irresistibly in love with the girl he once called old fashioned. Loving Jamie took him worlds away from the world he used to know, yet he lets the love take him worlds away. Not until, Jamie had to give in to destiny, they both need to face the twist of fate, tear drenched but they need to be strong and cling to their only hope.
 尼古拉斯·斯帕克斯(Nicholas Sparks )创作这部作品时,妹妹身患癌症并将不久于人世,他创作是为了让自己从那种沮丧和怜惜的情绪中抽离出来,结果,这部彻底的浪漫小说——《初恋的回忆》就诞生了。基于这样的情感,这本书表达了对命运的无可奈何和对信仰的坚守,以及爱与希望的主题。书中的兰顿·卡特(Landon Carter),是波弗特高中一个吊儿郎当胸无大志的帅气少年,为了一个他最无可能为之倾心的女孩脱离了以前的生活,这个女孩曾被他认为是他的对立面,是怎么也不会考虑的约会对象。然而,就如同冥冥中的定数,兰顿别无选择,只好寻求杰米(Jamies)的帮助,这次的际遇导致让人瞠目的事情成真,那个靠脸就可以横行学校的男孩爱上了曾被他鄙视为土气的女孩。充满爱的杰米让兰顿看到了另一个他不知道的世界,这样的爱感化了他。而杰米也不得不听从命运的安排,和兰顿一起面对命运的变故,尽管泪如雨下也要变得坚强,坚守住唯一的希望。

3: BEASTLY (2006)
 《野兽男孩》 (2006)


Who doesn't know the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast? For the sake of modernity, Alex Finn wrote a new version of this tale focusing on the beasts perspective which she entitled Beastly. Transformation this word would push readers to take grips to discover in this timely piece. Kyle Kingsbury- tall, blonde, rich and handsome son of Manhattan News anchor; Lindy Owen- a plain girl with red hair, green eyes and crooked teeth and the daughter of a drug lord; Kendra Hilferty the witch who was disgraced and punished to work as a servant in New York City; the blind tutor and his dog. Behold! Their lives are intertwined with all bewitching, amazing and mysterious unforgettable occurrences to create the reminiscent of the beast. Beastly, though this creature appears, has a heart that grieves and repents and a love that is pure. Unfortunately this heart and love are boxed in the beasts new found world.
 美女与野兽的童话故事家喻户晓,亚历克斯·芬恩(Alex Finn)以野兽的视角创作了新的现代版本,她将其命名为《野兽男孩》。改造变形这个词让读者迅速抓住这个故事的内容。文中的人物众多,凯尔·金斯巴瑞(Kyle Kingsbury)是一个曼哈顿新闻主播的儿子,一头金发,个子很高,富有且英俊;林迪·欧文(Lindy Owen)是一个红发绿眸的平凡女孩,她的牙齿不大整齐,是一个毒枭的女儿;肯德拉·海芙蒂(Kendra Hilferty )是纽约一个被罚做仆人的女巫;还有眼盲的家庭教师和他的狗。看,他们的生活是如此的复杂,充斥着魔法,灵异和不可思议的难忘事件,让人联想起美女与野兽中的野兽。野兽男孩,拥有动物的外形,却有着一颗人类之心,充满了悲伤、悔恨和纯粹的爱,却不幸被拘在了野兽的躯壳中。

 《辛德勒的名单》 (1952)


In the midst of brutality from the death camps in the NAZI occupied Poland, Mr. Oskar Schindler outrageously risked his life and rescued more than 1,100 Jews. This heroic deed of Mr. Schindler inspired Thomas Keneally to recollect the true story from the real survivors of the Holocaust and from Mr. Oskar chandler himself and to condense every single detail in the documentary novel entitled Shcindler's List or more commonly known as Schindler's Ark among the British. A significant part of history unfolds in each chapter. Each page reveals the lamentations and sufferings of the Jews who were tortured by the horrible iron hands of the unmerciful German troops. In between the torments, rises the flamboyant, German profiteer and womanizer Schindler in favor of the Jews. No guns, no armory, no troops, he won and saved thousands of lives. This documentary novel unravels Mr. Schindler's sublime effort and innate confidence: an overdose of rare and precious principles that uncaps his bottled virtue.
 二战期间,德国纳粹在波兰建立了死亡集中营,在这一片哀鸿中,奥斯卡·辛德勒(Oskar Schindler )冒着生命危险拯救了1100多个犹太人。辛德勒先生的英雄事迹促使托马斯·肯尼利(Thomas Keneally )创作出此书。根据大屠杀幸存者讲述的真实事迹和辛德勒本人的叙述,将每个细节压缩到这本纪实小说中。小说的名字是《辛德勒的名单》,在英国,也被称为《辛德勒的方舟》(Schindler's Ark)。书中的每一章节都揭开了那段历史。书里的每一页都昭示了耶米利哀歌和在残酷的德国军队高压铁腕下挣扎的犹太人民。而风流高贵的德国投机商人辛德勒则帮助了犹太人,没有枪支军队,他却挽救了上千条生命。这部纪实小说向世人展示了辛德勒先生的伟大壮举,值得每个人向他的品格致敬。



A novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett "The Secret Garden" depicts the childlike adventures of Mary Lennox, a rich, spoiled, unaffectionate and unwanted British young girl who was abandoned in their house in India. Being left alone she has to live with her uncle in England, the very place where Mary explores the unknown. This girl experiences an irresistible invitation to discover two big secrets in the house where she lives. What lies behind the locked gate? Who weeps behind the locked door? The revelation of these secrets opens up a whole, new and colorful world yet elicits brand new secrets to keep.
 弗朗西丝·霍奇森·伯内(Frances Hodgson Burnett)的小说《秘密花园》描述了一个名叫玛丽·伦诺克斯( Mary Lennox)的小女孩的天真冒险。玛丽是一个被宠坏又缺乏爱心的英国富家小姑娘,她被遗弃在印度的一所房子里,只好去和英格兰的叔叔同住,却发现了一个未知的奇妙之地。这个女孩收到了一个极为诱人的邀请,去发现她居住的房子里的两个惊天大秘密。在那扇门之后隐藏着什么?是谁在那扇门背后哭泣?这些秘密被解开之后,一个完整崭新的多彩世界在等着她,而一个新的秘密也即将开启。

 《天使与魔鬼》 (2000)


"Angels and Demons" is a 2000 best-selling mystery-thriller novel written by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon discovered a brotherhood called Illuminati. This anti-Christ underground movement creates a viral frenzy in the Vatican City, coinciding with the murder of a physicist, the death of the pope and the abduction of four cardinals. The Illuminati threatened to kill each cardinal every hour and then put the Vatican City to dust with the antimatter. Robert Langdon, a religious symbologist together with Vittoria, a scientist, raced against time to unravel the clues and discover where the destructive weapon was hidden. The two heroes, Vittoria being the researcher of the dangerous prototype of the antimatter and Robert being an expert tour guide must travel throughout Rome to discover the horrific truth behind the Illuminati's wrath in merely 4 hours.
 《天使与魔鬼》这本书是2000年畅销推理惊悚小说,作者是丹·布朗(Dan Brown)。罗伯特·兰登(Robert Langdon)发现了一个名为“光照派”的组织,这个反基督的教派在梵蒂冈秘密研制出了病毒,就在这时一名物理学家被谋杀,教皇去世,四名红衣主教被绑架,而光照派威胁每过一小时就要杀死一名红衣主教,然后用反物质将梵蒂冈化为灰烬。符号学家罗伯特·兰登是一个虔诚的信徒。他与科学家维多利亚一起与时间赛跑,通过蛛丝马迹找到被藏起来的危险武器。这是两位英雄,维多利亚负责找到危险的反物质,罗伯特负责通过线索寻路,二人要在仅有的四个小时内在罗马找出光照派愤怒的真相。



Did you know that "The Devil Wears Prada" is Lauren Weisberger's first written novel? Published in 2003, this delightful novel about landing on a first job with a devilish superior maintained to stay six months in the New York Times best-seller list. "The Devil Wears Prada" takes the readers to the hilarious world of Andrea Sachs. Her mishaps as assistant to Miranda Priestly, a high profile editor, a sophisticated woman, and an iron-clad fisted boss, elicit humor and inspiration to readers. This book also gives an inside look in New York and International fashion with full references to designers, models, clothes and glamour, from the trendiest to the most expensive, name it. Andrea and Miranda symbolize the reality at the workplace where the boss is always right. As a whole, the depiction of work life, fashion statement and success of a newbie cast a spell to the readers.
 你知道《穿普拉达的女王》是劳伦·维斯伯格(Lauren Weisberger)创作的第一部作品么?这部有趣的小说在2003年出版,讲述在第一份工作遇到了恶魔上司的故事,曾在《纽约时报》畅销书单中连续六个月蝉联第一名。这部小说带领读者进入安德莉亚·萨克斯(Andrea Sachs)的狂欢世界。她不幸给一位老练冷血的名主编米兰达·普瑞斯特里(Miranda Priestly)做助理,但在过程中带给读者的也不乏幽默和鼓舞。这本书也描述了纽约和国际时尚界的内幕,涉及了设计师、模特、衣香鬓影,从最时尚的到最昂贵的。米兰达和安德莉亚昭示了一个职场潜规则,那就是老板永远是对的。而书中对职场生活和时尚界的描述,以及一名新人修炼的过程都深深抓住了读者的心。

8: TWILIGHT (2005)


Stephanie Meyer undoubtedly justified her sensibility to enable the readers to thirst for more in her very own version of a vampire story, the "Twilight". A vampire story for people who don't want vampire is just one of the many unified notions for this novel about the impossible love, the family mystery and the extraordinary life of Edward Cullen and Isabella Swan. Each page is savored that compels and touches the readers to feel like they are unwilling to give up hope for a seemingly doomed relationship. Bella's undying love and Edward's hidden monstrous character lead the romance to a bloody twist. On the one hand for the sake of trivial pursuit, "Twilight" was rejected by 14 agents, right before it was published in 2005 with a print-run of 75,000 copies. "Twilight" peaked at Number 1 at New York Times Bestseller list and later went on to become the Bestselling Book in 2008.
 女作家斯蒂芬·梅尔驾驭作品的高超能力让读者对她这个版本的吸血鬼小说非常喜爱,这部吸血鬼小说满足了那些不喜欢千篇一律的吸血鬼故事的人们.书中讲述了不可能的爱情,家族之谜和爱德华·卡伦(Edward Cullen)和伊莎贝拉·斯旺(Isabella Swan)非同寻常的生活。每一页的挣扎和触碰让读者感受到他们对这段命定的恋情不肯放弃的希望。贝拉不变的爱恋和爱德华隐藏的兽性让浪漫爱情转为了血腥的纠结。《暮光之城》曾被14家出版商退回过,而在2005年出版后,这部书卖出了七万五千本,迅速在《纽约时报》的畅销书榜登顶,在2008年,这部小说再度成为最畅销书。

 《时间旅行者的妻子》 (2003)


Although "time travel" suggests a science fiction genre, Audrey Niffenegger successfully conveys a timeless love story beneath the title "The Time Traveler's Wife". Henry is 36 and Clare is 6 when they first met yet the truth is Henry is only 8 years older than Clare. Yes, Henry was plagued by time travel a genetic mutation disorder, as he traveled he discovered much of the future and he could even go back in time. Clare on the other hand was love driven so she opted to live with Henry's curse as part of her life. Henry became her deepest secret. Clare's struggles were devastating yet the love they shared was passionate and enduring. This wonderful novel also explores the multiple ages of Henry and how he foresees his death. "The Time Traveler's Wife", published in 2003 literally buries the readers and gets everyone immersed with Henry and Clare's life, love and destiny.
 虽然时间旅行属于科幻小说范畴,但是奥黛丽·尼芬格(Audrey Niffenegger)却在《时间旅行者的妻子》这本书中成功描述了一个冲破时空阻碍的爱情故事。亨利遇到克莱尔时,他36岁,而她年仅6岁。事实是,亨利只比克莱尔大八岁。没错,亨利因基因突变而不得不在时空中穿梭,他发现了很多未来的事情,他甚至还能回到过去。而克莱尔深爱着亨利,于是她选择和亨利的这一诅咒共同生活。亨利也变成了她埋在最深处的秘密。克莱尔的挣扎很痛苦,但他们之间的爱依然热烈而持久。这部精彩的小说也探索了不同年龄的亨利和预见自己死亡的场景。2003年出版的《时间旅行者的妻子》让读者深深沉浸在亨利和克莱尔的生活、爱与命运当中。

10: TAKEN (2006)


"Taken" a novel written by Edward Bloor tackles life two decades from today and lets the readers expect the unexpected. In 2035, what would life be? The rich will be twice as glorified and the poor will be twice as forsaken where kidnapping will become the menial job of the meek. On a New Year's Eve, Charity Meyer is kidnapped, as it is a common situation and every rich kid is well trained on kidnapping protocols, initially she is very calm just waiting to be ransomed. However, when she identified one of the kidnappers, she knows a ransom will not save her. She has no way out but to fight for herself. Scared as she is, there are even much scarier things she has to take to flee. Clueless, unguided and lost, who will save Charity Meyer?
 《飓风营救》的作者是爱德华·布鲁尔(Edward Bloor),这本书讲述了距今二十年后营救生命的故事,让读者期待着各种意想不到的事件。在2035年,生活会变得怎样?富人会更加光鲜,穷人则会愈加凄凉。而绑架变成了弱者卑微的谋生方式。在新年前夕,查瑞迪·迈耶(Charity Meyer)被绑架了,不过富人家的小孩接受绑架训练已成为一个普遍的现象,所以她非常镇定地等待被赎。然而,但她认出其中一个绑匪时,她知道就算赎金也救不了她,她没有依靠只能靠自己。饱受惊吓的她还要面对逃离过程中更可怕的事。毫无线索,没有帮手,没有目标,到底谁能救出她?

On the whole, it is quite obvious that these written works have become bedrock to the writers and a silent force of economic advancements: the books are bestseller; the films are highest-grossing. Nevertheless, the popularity of the books make the films vulnerable to unfavorable reviews such as slaughtering the real story due to chronic rush of sequences, exaggerations and overtones. The question is, what beholds the viewers' eyes?


cliff-hanging: 扣人心弦的

wrath: 愤怒

labyrinth: 迷宫

hunk: 富有魅力的健美男子

drenched: 浸透的

flamboyant: 浮华的,奢华的

profiteer: 奸商;牟取暴利的人

womanizer: 沉溺于女色的人

sublime: 崇高的,卓越的

uncap: 脱帽致意

newbie: 新手

genetic mutation: 基因突变

menial: 卑微的,卑贱的

bedrock: 基石