5 LDS authors whose books hit the big screen


LDS fiction is big enough to qualify as its own genre, but not all LDS authors write just for Mormons. Some have successfully taken their writing to the masses. A few have seen their work all the way to the silver screen.

The trailer for the 2014 film “The Maze Runner” was recently released, putting LDS authors back in the spotlight. Here are five LDS authors who have seen their books made into live-action films.

1. James Dashner — “The Maze Runner”

“Just follow me and run like your life depends on it. Because it does.” James Dashner

Utah-based author James Dashner wrote “The Maze Runner” trilogy after giving up a career in accounting to become a full-time writer. The book became a New York Times bestseller that was adapted into an upcoming film by 20th Century Fox. Dashner is the author of several series and says he doesn’t miss working with numbers. At all.

The trailer for “The Maze Runner” was released March 17; the film premieres Sept. 19, 2014.


2. Orson Scott Card — “Ender’s Game”

“Fifty years ago an alien force known as the Formics attacked Earth. Tens of millions died. It was only through the sacrifice of our greatest commander that we avoided total annihilation. We’ve been preparing for them to come back ever since.” —Ender Wiggin

Nearly three decades after it first hit bookshelves in 1985, Orson Scott Card’s popular book “Ender’s Game” was made into a film in 2013. The film version featured Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin. Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


3. Stephenie Meyer — The Twilight Saga; “The Host”


“I’d never given much though to how I would die. But dying in place of someone I love seems like a good way to go. I can’t bring myself to regret the decisions that brought me face to face with death. They also brought me to Edward.” —Bella Swan

Stephenie Meyer is a BYU graduate whose first novel, “Twilight,” was wildly successful. The book was adapted into a film after just two years on the market, with film versions of the other two books in the trilogy released in following years (the third book in the series, “Breaking Dawn,” was split into two movies). Another of Meyer’s novels, “The Host,” was adapted into a film in 2013.


4. Shannon Hale — “Austenland”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little.” —Shannon Hale, “Austenland”

Salt Lake City-based LDS author Shannon Hale has several published books, one of which was made into the 2013 film Austenland. Keri Russell plays the part of Jane Hayes, a “Pride and Prejudice”-obsessed thirty-something whose preoccupation with Colin Firth’s version of Mr. Darcey is getting in the way of her love life.


5. John Groberg — “The Other Side of Heaven”

“There is a connection between heaven and earth. Finding that connection gives meaning to everything, including death. Losing that connection makes everything lose meaning, including life.” —John Groberg

Elder John H. Groberg’s memoir “The Other Side of Heaven” chronicles his experiences as a missionary in Tonga in the 1950s—not exactly a topic that’s hot in Hollywood right now. But his book was nonetheless made into a 2001 film starring Christopher Gorham and Anne Hathaway, who was an up-and-coming star at the time who went on to win an Oscar for her role as Fantine in the 2012 film “Les Miserables.”


Breanna Olaveson worked in the magazine industry before taking her writing from full-time to nap time with the birth of her first daughter. Her work has appeared in the Ensign, Liahona and New Era magazines, as well as Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, Utah Valley Bride and the Provo Daily Herald. She lives in Utah county with her husband and three children. She blogs at www.breannaolaveson.com.

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