It’s Been Over a Decade!

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Although it’s been more than a dozen years since HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE  hit theatres, we’re about to get three more movies in the HP series! These ones will be based on FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM, the most famous Hogwarts textbook.  J. K. Rowling is now writing the scripts for the three movies (at least three), and they will take place about seven years before Harry and his friends even go to Hogwarts. So, don’t expect to see your favourite characters to return, but maybe there will be plenty of new characters for you to love!

Harry Potter fans around the world are gearing up for this. I’m sure we can expect a whole new generation of fans, not only of the movies, but a renewed interest in the books.

Published in: on October 23, 2014 at 3:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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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.

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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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Watch a Book Trailer!

We’re having fun at the library! Although it used to be that we didn’t allow cell phone use in the  library, with our online catalog available on our Facebook page, we’re trying to think of new ways to use our phones and tablets. How about watching a book trailer by scanning one of those QR codes? Now you can!

What’s a QR code?  It’s one of those funny looking pixelated squares you see on packages, signs and in magazines.

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All you need is a free QR code reader on your phone and you can scan the square to watch a book trailer. It’s that easy! Now you can do more than just read the inside cover to find out if you’ll like the book…why not watch the trailer to get a better sense? (Not sure what a book trailer is? Often, authors will create a short “movie” to let you get readers excited to buy or read their books. It’s not a real movie, so don’t expect it to show up in theatres, but they’re usually quite good!)

Keep your eye out for these to appear in the library in the next few months. And scan away…

Powdered Donuts

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

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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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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.

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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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Read It, Then See It!

There are many great books that have been made into movies, and 2014 has an abundance of amazing books hitting the theatres.  This year, instead of seeing a movie and then reading the book, why not get ahead of things and pour over these wonderful selections before you settle down with your popcorn and drink?  You’ll be glad you did (hint: the book is always better than the movie!).

I’m looking forward to quite a few of these, including:

gonegirl GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn stars Ben Affleck and, come on…he’s going to play Batman soon! See this while you can still picture him without the tights.

 

mazerunnerTHE MAZE RUNNER, by James Dashner is my most anticipated YA book to film release of this year (except for DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth, and oh, wait, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green!!). How are they going to do this?  Will it come close to how I imagined?

 

thisiswhereTHIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, by Jonathan Tropper  looks so fun!  And with Jason Bateman and Tina Fey? How could this be any better?

You can check out the entire list of sixteen titles here on Buzzfeed. And take a close look at the film shot for  UNBROKEN by Lauren Hillenbrand. The poor guy in the water waiting for the shot to begin is priceless!

Which ones have you read? Which movies will you see? We’d love to know!

 

Published in: on January 14, 2014 at 3:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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