Thursday, April 17, 2014

Library Showcase: From Book to Big Screen

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Whether they are action-packed blockbusters like The Hunger Games, quirky comedies like Marley and Me, or enduring classics like Gone with the Wind, many of our favorite films were books before they were movies. Sometimes we may not even realize that a popular movie was first a novel.

This month the library showcases books that have been adapted into movies, so come by the library and check out the featured books display! You can find books from all different movie genres, so whether you like romantic comedies, epic fantasies, or action thrillers, we have a book for you!

The Hobbit -- 75 years before Peter Jackson turned The Hobbit into an epic film trilogy, the story was published as a children’s book that has captured imaginations around the world for generations.

The Great Gatsby -- Fall back into the 1920s and experience the decadence and extravagance of Jay Gatsby’s world as he tenaciously and recklessly pursues luxury, love, and the American dream.

V for Vendetta -- Alan Moore’s gripping story of a revolutionary in a dystopian future England is a must-read for graphic novel fans. 

Marley and Me -- This entertaining and heartwarming book will be appreciated by anyone who’s ever raised a puppy or loved a pet.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- A mesmerizing thriller of murder, mystery, conspiracy, and corruption.

No Country for Old Men -- Cormac McCarthy’s intense novel is a riveting portrayal of greed and violence. The Coen Brothers’ film adaptation won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2008.

Atonement -- Complex, compelling, and full of perfectly realized characters, this masterpiece by Ian McEwan is anything but a simple narrative.

The Time Traveler’s Wife -- An unconventional love story of a romance that defies time itself!

The Help -- Discover the lives of three exceptional women living in Mississippi during the 1960s in this novel full of friendship, hope, and humor.

Gone with the Wind -- A huge cinematic and literary success, Gone with the Wind is celebrated as an American classic. Margaret Mitchell’s epic romance between Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler plays out against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone -- Today Harry Potter is the best-selling book series and the highest-grossing film series in history; read the book that started it all!

The Lovely Bones -- Beautiful and chilling, this lovely novel describes the life, death, and afterlife of teenager Susie Salmon.

Life of Pi -- When the ship Pi and his family are traveling aboard sinks, Pi finds himself stranded in a lifeboat with a small group of unexpected animal companions.

The Children of Men -- This thrilling novel takes a bleak look at the world at the end of the human race; in 2006 it inspired Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s stunning film adaptation.

The Hours -- The stories of three women are subtly intertwined in this graceful book that has at its center Virginia Woolf’s classic novel, Mrs. Dalloway.

True Grit -- This famous western has been adapted for the big screen not once but twice!

The Color Purple -- Alice Walker’s powerful story and extraordinary characters will make this novel unforgettable for any reader.

A Clockwork Orange -- Thought-provoking and darkly satirical, this book envisions a nightmarish future dominated by violence and has long been considered a work both monumental and controversial.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower -- A unique story about growing up and the hardships and comedies that one boy faces along the way.

The Pursuit of Happyness -- This inspiring memoir tells the story of a father who battles homelessness and unemployment and never lets go of his mission to provide a better life for his son.

The Kite Runner -- A haunting coming-of-age story set in war-torn Afghanistan that depicts an unlikely and ultimately life-changing friendship between two young boys.

Mockingjay -- Don’t miss the action-packed conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy!