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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.

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.

July 2012

Summer is well underway, and that means big blockbusters are battling it out for that top spot at the box office. When you aren't relaxing at the beach with a good book, check out these books-on-screen adaptations that are sure to entertain (or at least get you out of the hot sun for a few hours).

April 2012

The Lucky One, an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ 2008 novel, is now in theaters. This highly anticipated release, starring Zac Efron, follows U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault as he goes in search of a girl he doesn’t know, whose photograph he found during his tour of duty in Iraq. But when he finally finds Beth, he can't bring himself to reveal his secret. For those who can't get enough of the film, be sure to check out the movie tie-in edition of the book.

March 2012

After the worldwide phenomenon of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games trilogy, the first book in the series has finally made its big screen debut. In a bleak future, the United States has been reduced to a dictatorship with 12 districts. Every year, in order to prevent uprisings, the ruling Capitol forces one boy and one girl from each district to fight each other to the death in a nationally televised arena --- and only one will survive.

January 2012

After a suspenseful hiatus, "Pretty Little Liars" finally continues its second season. A month ago, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer were arrested. Now, tensions between them are running higher than ever. No longer inseparable best friends, they are at each other's throats, and they have cut Emily off completely. Meanwhile, "A" remains unidentified. Has she finally won her cruel game?