You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood continues to mine literature, or at least published fiction, for ideas to transition into movies. Although many of our favourite books never seem to make the transition despite there being lots of interest (Ender’s Game comes immediately to mind), there are countless books that actually do become movies.
One of the recent examples is John Carter. Personally I haven’t actually seen the movie as of yet (nor have I actually read any of the books), so I can’t comment as to whether or not the movie actually really follows the story line of any of the books or not. What I can tell you is that the movie John Carter is inspired by the character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs (who’s also responsible for Tarzan).
Given that we’re all about the free fiction here, it’s worth pointing out the series in which John Carter appears is the Barsoom series and the first five books are available as part of Project Gutenberg:
- A Princess of Mars
- The Gods of Mars
- The Warlord of Mars
- Thuvia, Maid of Mars
- The Chessmen of Mars
- The Master Mind of Mars
- The Fighting Man of Mars
- Swords of Mars
- Synthetic Men of Mars
- Llana of Gathol
- John Carter of Mars: John Carter and the Giants of Mars (by John Coleman Burroughs)
- John Carter of Mars: Skeleton Men of Jupiter