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Aug 04

Coming Attractions…

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM by Craig Jacobson

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They may not be released in theaters quite yet, but they are available for check out at your local library.  What happens when Hollywood takes a favorite book and adapts the story for the big screen?  Some love seeing the images and characters come to life while others would prefer to let the story live on in their imagination.  Regardless of which direction you lean, movie adaptations inevitably lead to much discussion.  The liberties that filmmakers often take with the source material may result in feelings of outrage (changed endings, cutting favorite characters, etc.) or joy (changed endings, cutting annoying characters, etc.)  As summer winds down and the fall movie season begins there are a number of book adaptations for all ages about to hit theaters. 

wild.jpgwild_movie.jpgFor adults, several star-studded adaptations make their way to the silver screen.  First, thrillers Dark Places starring Charlize Theron and Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck, both books penned by Gillian Flynn, will hit theaters on September 1st and October 3rd respectively.  The family drama starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey This is Where I Leave You adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Tropper opens on September 19.  The Mequon-Thiensville Community Book Club’s September selection Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (discussion on Tuesday, September 16 at 1:30) a memoir by Cheryl Strayed will open in theaters on December 5 starring Reese Witherspoon.  A second true life story set to hit theaters on Christmas Day is Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption in which Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of POW Louis Zamperini. 

mazerunner_movie.jpgmazerunner.jpgYoung adult book to movie adaptations this year cover everything from first love and tragedy to action and adventure.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman, in theaters August 22, tells the story of Mia Hall, a young cellist who finds herself in a coma after a devastating accident and must figure out how to live with the repercussions.  The first installment in a new trilogy opens with Maze Runner (September 19) and puts readers and viewers in the midst of a brand new adventure from the mind of James Dashner.  Finally, one of the most anticipated films of 2014 is the first installment of Mockingjay, the third and final story in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 

herebemonsters.jpgboxtrolls_movie.jpgSeveral children’s book adaptations bring beloved stories to life and encourage families to revisit the original stories again.  First the children’s novel Here be Monsters!: an Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures by Alan Snow is released on September 26 under a different title: The Boxtrolls.  Classic picture books Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  (by Judith Viorst) and Paddington (by Michael Bond) both receive the silver screen treatment and will be released in theaters on October 10 and December 25, respectively. 

Which title are you looking forward to most?  All titles mentioned above are available at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library in a variety of formats and will be in demand in the coming months, so get started now.  Read the book and then see the movie or see the movie then read the book, whichever you prefer.  Ask your reference librarian for any help locating these titles and enjoy the show!

All images provide courtesy of Easicat and the Eastern Shores Library System or IMDB.com