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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.

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'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."

September 2013

If the shock of returning back to school is taking the most out of you, then a trip to the theater may be just what you need to recharge --- especially if it's to see a movie adaptation of a great book! This month, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 returns us to the world of wacky inventions with food. And don't forget that you can still catch a showing of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and more!

And if you were looking to relax at home instead of venturing out, Iron Man 3 is now out on DVD, as well.

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.