Ender’s Game

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Katniss Everdeen, Clary Fray, Melanie Stryder & More: The 13 Heroines Who’ll Make 2013 Kick Ass

The Host, Catching Fire, Prodigy, City of Bones and more stories of great heroines in 2013

If you take stories like The Hunger Games, The Host and Warm Bodies to heart, you might think we don’t have much to look forward to in the distant post-apocalyptic future. But in the more immediate days ahead, like say, the rest of 2013, there’s a whole lot to be excited for — especially if you like ladies who kick ass, stand up for what they believe in and protect their loved ones at all costs. It’s going to be a great year for heroines in movies, on TV and in books — but not necessarily the easy-to-love/worship kind. Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss Everdeen (this year in Catching Fire), The Americans‘ Elizabeth (Keri Russell), Beautiful Creatures‘ Lena (Alice Englert) and The Great Gatsby’s Daisy (Carey Mulligan) are complex women and girls who don’t automatically know what’s right, and sometimes they have to choose saving themselves over saving the world. The Mortal Instruments‘ Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Shadow and Bones‘ Aline, Delirium’s Lena and Warm Bodies‘ Julie (Teresa Palmer) have a little self-discovery to do before they become full-fledged heroines. The Legend Trilogy’s June and The Host’s Wanderer/Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) have to navigate between worlds to figure out whom to fight for. And Oz‘s Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Ender’s Game’s Petra (Hailee Steinfeld) are ladies whose strength is obvious, but whose roles in the bigger picture remains to be seen. As for Chloe Moretz’s Hit Girl, who returns in this summer’s Kick-Ass 2 — she’s always going to be in a category all her own.

Whatever your favorite brand of strong female is, we hope you’re looking forward to seeing them in action as much as we are! Check them out in the gallery below, and plan your year accordingly!

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[Photos: Open Road Films, Lionsgate, Penguin, Constantin Films]

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The Host First Stills Invade People; Ender’s Game Watch Begins

The book-to-movie adaptation news cycle never lets up these days, does it? Most of us haven’t even seen the Hunger Games yet, and already we’ve seen a teaser for the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 teaser trailer that will be shown before Hunger Games and a trailer for RPattz’s Cosmopolis (an adaptation of a very different kind of book by Don DeLillo). There are two more things we’re excited for today: People has a couple of stills of Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons in The Host, the sci-fi Stephenie Meyer adaptation whose teaser will also play before HG. And yesterday, Summit launched a little production Tumblr for Ender’s Game, the adaptation of the ’80s sci-fi/dystopian YA novel by Orson Scott Card, which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley.

“Most of us read Ender’s Game when we were young and wondered when it would become a movie,” the producers say in the first blog entry. “We never dreamed then that we would all be part of the team to bring it to the screen, nor did we realize the novel’s description of our world would be so prescient that its vision would still be unfolding before our very eyes today. And now, watching Asa bring a character to life who has been on our minds since our youth, we realize things happen for a reason. We were waiting for him.”

We’ll take those words of wisdom to heart: No matter how impatient we are to see our favorite books make it to the big screen, we’d rather wait until they’re done right than see a rush job. And we have to admit, the waiting is kind of fun too.

[Photo: People]