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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.

August 2013

Just as the summer begins to cool down (and wind down, unfortunately), the theater heats up with a bunch of great movies you've been waiting for! The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, anyone? Yup! They're finally in theaters this month, along with the adaptations of Tim Tharp's THE SPECTACULAR NOW and KICK-ASS 2 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

July 2013

If you can't stand the heat this July, head to your local movie theater to take advantage of the air conditioning and to check out these movie adaptations. New to theaters this month is The Lone Ranger, featuring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in a Western action adventure, and The Smurfs 2, with the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, among others, becoming those little blue characters you love. If you'd rather stay at home, The Host and Admission are coming out on DVD and BlueRay in July, too.

Judy Blume, author of Tiger Eyes

The movie adaptation of Judy Blume's TIGER EYES, directed by her son, is out June 7th for a limited time in select theaters but is also on iTunes and other online outlets. And following up The Great Gatsby, a modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters this month, keeping English teachers happy and perhaps helping you clarify exactly what Shakespeare is saying.

May 2013

I'm sure you have all been properly prepped by your English teachers for the release of The Great Gatsby this month! Excited??? But don't forget the other movies out in theaters and on DVD in May, including Epic, Beautiful Creatures and Struck by Lightning.

March 2013

Coming off the heels of the Oscars, we present to you the book-to-screen adaptations that will be making their way to a theater (or a living room) near you in March. Check out former Oscar host James Franco, who plays the Wizard of Oz as he first arrives at the Land of Oz in Oz: The Great and Powerful. In Admission, Tina Fey acts out your greatest college admission fears. Meanwhile, "Game of Thrones" returns for a third season on March 31st. And it's a big month for Stephenie Meyer fans, as the long-awaited adaptation of THE HOST comes to the big screen at the end of the month, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is now out on DVD.

February 2013

Not sure about what to do on Valentine's Day? Head to the cinema! Beautiful Creatures, out on Februrary 14th, follows Ethan Wate as he meets the mysterious Lena Duchannes and together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their small Southern town. If you're looking for something a little more love-driven, there's always the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation with Safe Haven.

January 2013

Glee star Chris Colfer's movie adaptation of his own book, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: The Carson Phillips Journal, is out this month. Struck by Lightning is about a high school senior's desperate ploy to blackmail the popular kids into writing for his literary magazine. The CW spin-off of Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, is also out. This TV series is based on Candace Bushnell's THE CARRIE DIARIES.

December 2012

The first of three movies to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows Bibo Baggins as he is thrust into adventure. It is not common for a hobbit to go on an adventure, but when Gandolf the Grey comes over unannounced --- and with a company of thirteen dwarves --- Biblo embarks on a journey that will change life as he knows it.

Stephenie Meyer, author of Breaking Dawn

The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two, the final installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series. Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation. Don't miss your last chance to see this infamous love triangle on the big screen! At the end of everything...are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?

September 2012

Stephen Chbosky brings his funny and touching coming-of-age story to life in the highly-anticipated The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which perfectly captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Originally told through letters, our protagonist Charlie recaps his freshman year of high school as he tries to escape his introverted world and the friends who helped him do it. The film, which stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope --- and the unforgettable friends who help us through life.