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January 2017

Books on Screen

January 2017

Happy New Year, Teenreaders! In honor of the new year, we have compiled a list of new book-to-film adaptations to help you celebrate the start of 2017. In New York, we have already had one snow storm and we knew exactly how to spend it --- watching everything on our Books on Screen list. So start heating up the hot chocolate and get the marshmallows ready!

Coming to a Netflix account near you is Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events,' which will arrive on January 13th. Just because it's a new year doesn't mean you can't go back in time to revisit an early childhood favorite. Join the Baudelaire siblings, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, as they navigate life after their parents' deaths and under the evil eye of Count Olaf. The dark and twisted series of, well, unfortunate events that the Baudelaire orphans experience will be the perfect entertainment for when it's just too cold to leave the house. 

In theaters this month, A Dog's Purpose comes to life in a movie that is sure to tug on everyone's heartstrings. The movie takes viewers on the journey of one dog's path through several different lives to uncover the purpose behind his own. This heartwarming story of a dog and the humans he touches is sure to warm you up on any winter snow day. 


In Theaters:

A Dog’s Purpose
Cast: Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton
Director: Lasse Hallström
Distributor: Universal Studios
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: January 27th
Based on: A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.


On TV:

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Alfre Woodard, Don Johnson
Network: Netflix
Release Date: Season 1 available to stream January 13th
Based on: A Series of Unfortunate Events book series by Lemony Snicket

Three orphaned children face trials and tribulations, including an evil uncle, as they search for the secret to their parents' deaths in this live-action adaptation of the best-selling book series.


The Flash
Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jessie L. Martin
Network: The CW
Airdate: Tuesdays at 8pm ET
Based On: THE FLASH: DC Comics character created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino

Barry is living his dream life --- his parents are alive, he’s asked Iris West on a date and he can finally be a normal guy as Central City has another speedster, Kid Flash, running around saving the city. When Barry starts forgetting parts of his old life, the Reverse Flash taunts his nemesis and tells him that there will be serious repercussions for Barry and the ones he loves if he continues to live in this alternate universe. In addition to losing his memories, his powers will also start to fade. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in this world as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash.”


Cast: Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne, John Barrowman, Echo Kellum
Network: The CW
Airdate: Wednesdays at 8pm ET
Based On: DC Comics character Green Arrow created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

Oliver’s new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis, Wild Dog and Evelyn Sharp. Unfortunately, the Green Arrow’s training methods prove to be too much for some of them to handle. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver’s initiation into the Bratva continues.