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Books on Screen

Each month, our Books on Screen feature spotlights movies, television shows, miniseries and specials that are based on books of various genres --- including novels, memoirs, comics, children's books, short stories and poetry --- along with the latest DVD releases.

: The Fault in Our Stars

It's finally June, and that means on June 6th it's time to grab the tissues and go see The Fault In Our Stars! Based on John Green's mega-popular bestseller, this is definitely the film YA fans are going to be talking about all summer. Whether you've read the book or not, prepare to get a little misty eyed watching the story of Hazel and Gus play out on the big screen.

May 2014

This month a couple of classic tales get the big screen treatment. You probably read THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ or GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES at bedtime when you were little. I’m sure you know the story of Dorothy and Sleeping Beauty backwards and forwards. This May, both stories get a makeover with Legends of Oz, the next chapter in Dorothy’s adventures, and Maleficent, the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty told from the villain’s perspective.


April 2014

 

Whether you're a fan of superheroes, inspirational stories or heartfelt love stories, you'll find something just for you in this month's Books on Screen!

March 2014

March has arrived, and that means the eagerly anticipated film adaptation DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth is finally here! And with it comes a whole new crop of books based on the bestselling series. THE DIVERGENT COMPANION by Lois H. Gresh takes fans deeper into the world of Tris and Tobias, exploring major themes, answering burning questions and explaining how Roth’s dystopian world might work. DIVERGENT THINKING edited by Leah Wilson is a collection of essays by top YA authors about the ideas and themes explored in Divergent, from the biology of fear to factions’ similarities to one of psychology’s most prominent personality models.  Both of these books are sure to get fans ready (or more impatient) for the film, which comes out March 21st.  

February 2014

February means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For the movie industry, it means cashing in on our midmonth obsession with all things L-O-V-E.  In theaters this month are two movies based on books about love taken to the extreme. The first is Endless Love, which stars Alex Pettyfer and newcomer Gabriella Wilde as star-crossed lovers David and Jade in this adaptation of the Scott Spencer novel of the same name. The lines between love and obsession become increasingly blurred as the pair pursue each other, despite the disapproval of Jade’s overprotective parents. If you'd prefer a more unambiguous, beautiful message about love, look no further than A Winter’s Tale, which is a story about using the power of love to overcome the constraints of space and time --- and even death. The movie looks devastatingly lovely, and I recommend bringing tissues and chocolates to get you through it.  And if you're more in the mood to watch a movie that focuses on sibling love...and you know, vampires...look no further than Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, based on Richelle Mead's bestselling series.

 

January 2014

Happy New Year, books on screen lovers! We’re starting 2014 off strong, in the movie theater, on TV and in your DVD player. If The Desolation of Smaug whet your appetite for epic creatures, then go get your fix with I, Frankenstein, where Dr. Frankenstein's creation, Adam, finds himself in the middle of a world-destroying battle. If you're in the mood for a dark family drama, consider watching the Lifetime movie Flowers in the Attic, based on the cult novel of the same name. Or for lighter fare, pick up Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on DVD, but make sure you have plenty of snacks by your side or you're sure to get hungry!

December 2013

It has been far too long since we've had any hobbits, wizards or dwarves in our lives! Starting December 13, you can travel back to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy. This time, Bilbo, Gandalf and a host of other creatures journey across the continent to restore surly leader Thorin Oakenshield to his throne, and Legolas joins the group to help fight an epic battle.

December 2013

It has been far too long since we've had any hobbits, wizards or dwarfs in our lives! Starting December 13, you can travel back to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy. This time, Bilbo, Gandalf and a host of other creatures journey across the continent to restore surly leader Thorin Oakenshield to his throne, and Legolas joins the group to help fight an epic battle.

November 2013

It's another big month for fans of movie adaptations of YA! Are any of you going to see Ender's Game, The Book Thief, How I Live Now or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this month? How could you even choose between a mind-rocking sci-fi, a historical fiction taking place during WWII, a story about a British countryside summer turning into a militaristic coup or the next Hunger Games movie?!?

October 2013

What's the cross between the anticipation leading up to Halloween and your English class? No, it's not a horrifying report card catastrophe...it's October's Books on Screen! Get well acquainted with Shakespeare by going to see a modern spin on Romeo & Juliet or become immersed in the world of a Charles Dicken's classic with Great Expectations. If you want something a little more eerie, Stephen King's Carrie is up on the big screen, or you could settle down on the coach to tune into "The Vampire Diaries" or NBC's new series, "Dracula."