The Final Trailer

For those who’ve been waiting, the final trailer for MOCKINGJAY : PART 1 has just been released.  If you’re itching to see it, you’ll have to wait until November, but for now, give this a watch. It looks great!


Published in: on September 16, 2014 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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As You Wish!

You’d probably have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t know the line, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”  (Although that said, this phrase emblazoned on a t-shirt caused quite the uproar when a passenger wore it on a flight a few years back. Maybe not such a good idea when traveling.)

But the popularity of the cult classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, has only grown since the film was released in 1987. In fact, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as one of top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writer’s Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. This movie still goes out of the library on a weekly basis, and the book by William Goldman is also popular. And now, one of the film’s most popular actors, Cary Elwes,  is releasing a new book called, AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES from the MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE.


It promises lots of behind the scenes stories, photos we’ve never seen, and interviews with cast members and crew. If you’re starting to think about gift giving for the upcoming holiday season, this might be a great choice for the fan on your list! The book comes out in stores Oct. 16th, and we have it on order for the library. You can place a hold on it now and we’ll call you when it’s your turn to pick it up.

To the pain!

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Books, Movies and TV

When books are made into movies for the big screen or little screen, we often see a surge in their popularity, even if the book has languished on the shelf for a while.  It’s nice to see them revived and discovered by a new audience, and even better that people who are going to see them in different versions STILL want to read the book! (Because the books are often better, right?)

Recently, we’ve seen a great demand for THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, due to the movie’s release this summer, and for George R.R. Martin’s GAME OF THRONES series because of the tremendous popularity of the HBO series. Up next?  We’re expecting Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL to start being requested like crazy again when the movie comes out this October, and who knows, maybe even a few extra requests for Joe Hill’s HORNS upon its US movie debut on Halloween.


Do you request books once you’ve seen a movie/tv series, or do you like to read the books first? Let us know!

Published in: on September 2, 2014 at 3:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Powdered Donuts

When I was a teenager, someone gave me V.C. Andrews’ FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC


Oh boy.

If you’ve read the book, let me just say I could never eat powdered donuts again without having a serious think about it first. And don’t get me started on those freakishly messed up gorgeous siblings who just couldn’t keep their hands off each other. The book was banned for a reason, oh yes.

But Lifetime has brought the book to a whole new generation of readers, with a movie version which aired last weekend. And now they’ve ordered the sequel, IF THERE BE THORNS, so it looks like fans of the entire terrifying series will have something else to PVR soon.

Did you watch it?

Published in: on January 23, 2014 at 3:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Are you ready for OUTLANDER?

There are many fans of the Diana Gabaldon OUTLANDER series, and with the length of time between the publication of each book, it’s nice to hear there’s a television adaptation of Book #1 in the works. So far, it’s set to release sometime during the summer (2014), but only on the American cable channel known as STARZ. However, Sony Pictures Television will distribute it internationally in the near future. Or would that be the past? (A little Outlander humour there.) 

Just to whet your appetite, this is the trailer just released:

Published in: on January 21, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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That’s the End?

(*Note: No spoilers here)

Have you ever been dying to read a book, only to have the ending spoiled by someone who just read it? If it’s a wonderful book, you still might be tempted to read it, especially if everyone has been talking about it around the water cooler at work. I’m pretty sure I would.


The latest book to generate this kind of chatter was Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL. It seemed like everyone who read this loved it, and couldn’t wait to talk to someone else about it. With a much talked about surprise ending, you might wonder why anyone would want to make a movie about it, especially if the filmmakers wanted to attract fans of the book. As it turns out, director David Fincher did something readers might not be expecting:  he’s changed the ending in the movie version!

Changing a story is common when books are made into movies. Just look at J.R.R. Tolkien’s THE HOBBIT, which was one skinny book, but which Peter Jackson has spread into three enormously long movies, including adding new characters which weren’t in the original book at all. Why do directors do this? Maybe to make a story flow better, or because they have a certain vision of what the story really means. (In all honesty, sometimes I wonder if they just didn’t “get” the book.) But Fincher deciding to change the ending is about wanting to draw in fans of the book, as well as moviegoers, and bring something new to it. If you think about it, the idea is smart.

Not only will it entice more people to go out and buy the book after seeing the film, but readers who loved the book and may have been reluctant to see the movie will now be lining up to buy a ticket. I read one idea where book clubs could read the book, go see the movie and then discuss the different endings. This could open a lot of possibilities, all of which are sure to be good for the author, Gillian Flynn.

If you’ve read the book, will you go to see the movie knowing the ending is different?  Are you happy about this? Disappointed? Join the discussion!


Published in: on January 20, 2014 at 3:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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