Friday, March 15, 2013

Book 2 Movie

All this month, the Teen Department will be featuring a display of books that were so popular Hollywood nabbed the storyline (with the author's permission, of course) and morphed them into movies. Sometimes these movies turned out pretty well. Other times... well, due to the professional nature of this blog, we'll just play it kosher and say something BIG was lost in the translation.

It may come as a surprise to learn this book to movie thing is not a new concept that started with Harry Potter and Twilight (although these titles did fuel a recent insurgence of movies inspired by books topping bestseller lists). Movie studios have been borrowing from popular literature as far back as Frank L. Baum's Wizard of Oz, originally published May 1900 and adapted into a movie in 1939. There are countless more examples of books made into movies--or even TV shows. Too many to list in this blog, however. For more examples, this might be a cool subject to research. And you could check out our display, located in the window between the graphic novel shelves.

Movies adapted from books can be a really cool thing, if only to compare your idea of characters and settings with what the writers and directors envisioned (note: everyone interprets books differently). Same goes with people you know. For example, your BFF might have loved the movie adaption of Alex Flinn's Beastly while you might have thought it shamed the book. Movies from books make a great discussion topic if nothing else. The final word: While we highly encourage you to check out many of these movies, we recommend reading the book first! --AJB

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