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Book to Movie Adaptations 2015

We’ve entered movie season. Now through the rest of the year, some of the best movies of the year will finally be released.   Unsurprisingly, there are a few stories making the transition from book to silver screen. Here are a few that that we’re excited to see:

Paper Towns by John Green—Quentin Jacobsen has been in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, for years. One night, she appears at his bedroom window and convinces him to be the get-away drive in her revenge mission. The next day, Margo disappears. Quentin believes Margo left a trail of clues and is determined to find her.

The Martian by Andy Weir—Astronaut Mark Watney is the first man to walk on Mars. Six days later, he and his crew are collecting samples when a massive dust storm blows through. The crew flees the storm in the nick of time; but, Watney is trapped behind and left for dead. His communication with NASA isn’t working and he has minimal supplies. Despite the odds, Watney is determined to survive.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn—Libby Day was only seven years-old when her mother and sister were murdered. Libby testifies against her brother, Ben, claiming he’s the killer. Twenty-five years later, Libby is contacted by the Kill Club, a secret society of people obsessed with notorious crimes. Libby agrees to find out more information about her crime—for a price. As she investigates her own story, she begins to doubt her original testimony.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson—The Appalachian Trail extends from Georgia to Maine.  At times treacherous, but always breathe-taking, it is on the bucket-list of many outdoor enthusiasts. With the beginning of the trail not far from his house, Bill Bryson sets out to hike the famous trail with his friend Stephan Katz. Overweight and a recovering alcoholic, Bryson quickly realizes Katz may not have been the best partner in this adventure. While introducing readers to the history and ecology of the trail, Bryson takes readers on a memorable misadventure filled with quirky hikers and bears.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer—Journalist and mountaineer Jon Krakauer was a part of an expedition in 1996 to climb Mt Everest. From the summit, there did not appear to be any indication that a brutal storm was brewing.  The storm killed five people and left many more in danger as they fought for their lives. Krakauer examines the event as well as his part in the disaster, which continues to haunt him.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins—In the final installation of The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen has survived two hunger games and her home is destroyed. The rebel resistance is growing and a revolution is eminent. Without intending to, Katniss has become the face of the rebellion. Will she accept the responsibility and change the future of Panem?

Me and Earl and the Dying girl  by Jesse Andrews—On the first day of his senior year of high school, Greg thinks he has it all figured out. By keeping an extremely low profile, he hopes the remainder of his high school experience will be as minimally painful as possible. For the remainder of the year, he plans to make films with his friend, Earl. This plan works for about eight hours until his mother makes him befriend a girl who has cancer.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner— This is the second book in the Maze Runner series. After surviving the Maze, Thomas thought the worst was behind him; but, phase two is about to begin: the Scorch. Thomas and nineteen other boys are forced into a scientific experiment designed to test their limits. The responses will be observed and the data will hopefully be the key to saving the human race.

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Check out these great books before watching the movie adaptation. What film adaptation are you looking forward to?

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Chill Out!

While this latest heat wave is almost over, we’ve still got a lot of summer to go! Here are some books set in cold climates to take your mind off that ever rising thermometer…..

 

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell is set in the bitter cold of an Ozark winter. Rees Dolly, a girl of 17, must find her no-account father before she and her younger siblings are evicted.  It’s also a great movie.

Smilla’s Sense Of Snow by Peter Hoeg finds Smilla, a detective in Copenhagen, trying to solve a murder.

Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. creates a new world in this first of a very popular series and  a very long winter is coming.  You can also watch the HBO adaptation.

Something Red by Douglas Nichols finds a small troupe trying to cross the mountains before the snows set in… but something more than bears are prowling about.

Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson is a story of star-crossed lovers , prejudice and justice set among the snowy woods of Washington. The movie version is also available.

A Fatal Grace by Lousie Penny finds Inspector Gamache up in Three Pines, Quebec , trying to solve the murder of woman along side the curling rink.

Winter’s Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher takes the reader to a snowy Christmas time in the hills of Scotland.

Books Into Movies – The Summer Edition…..

 

There’s a whole lot of sequel-ing going on in movie theaters this summer, but there are also some movies that are based on books. Give one of these a try and you decide which is better…. the movie or the book!

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the screen version of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a novel of class, money, excess, identity, friendship and love.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is based on  a book by Rick Riordan. You might have met Percy before in both movie and book form… this version finds Percy fighting all sorts of monsters in the Bermuda Triangle.

World War Z by Max Brooks chronicles an attack on civilization by zombies created by a virus… Brad Pitt puts his spin on it in the movie version.

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume tells the tale of young girl who needs to work through her grief over her father’s death. Can the movie live up to the book?

Paranoia takes you into the world of corporate espionage. Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson are two of the stars of the movie based on the book by Joseph Finder.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare is given a modern twist by Joss Whedon.. two sets of star-crossed lovers finally find their happiness fulfilled.

Under the Dome is actually a television series based on a book by Stephen King. You know he can’t be contained in a two hour movie! A town in Maine finds itself isolated under a mysterious dome…

Mortal Instruments is another teen book turned movie. It’s based on the book called City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and full of Shadowhunters and demons and vampires and all sorts of otherwordly creatures.

So, enjoy those movies, read those books and let us know which you preferred!

Another round of books into movies

November is bringing a slew of new movies.  Here are a few  based on some terrific books. 

Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis,  is based on A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.   The author examines how Lincoln’s cabinet, made up of political friends and foes alike, worked to preserve the Union.

 

 

Life of Pi, based on the novel by Yann Martel, is a rousing, thoughtful, adventurous tale of a young boy’s survival at sea, with  a tiger as his companion.

 

 

Jack Reacher is based on the novels by Lee Child.  Start with his first – Killng Floor – to learn more about this loner always caught up in solving crimes.

 

 

Cloud Atlas, based on the book of the same name by
David Mitchell, is a complex tale of lives and loves throughout time.

 

 

 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy has been imagined again in film form.  Follow the doomed love affair of Anna and Count Vronsky set against the backdrop of 19th century Russia.