Sunday, October 30, 2011

Books to Film

Today's Book Is Tomorrow's Movie
Check out upcoming, book-based additions to our film collection and books now in the process of being turned into major motion pictures.  Since Hollywood takes seriously the message to reuse and recycle, there are a few remakes. Adds a little spice to the which is better discussion, don't you think?

Water for Elephants : The film version of Sara Gruen's bestselling romantic, bygone era novel comes to us on DVD Tuesday, November 1.  Also on Tuesday comes Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, based on Lisa See's 2005 novel about female friendships in 19th century China and in modern Shanghai.

Breaking Dawn Part 1, fourth in Stephenie Meyer's megahit Twilight series, arrives on the big screen November 18.  Big frowny face : you'll be waiting at least a year for Part 2.  Counter with a big smiley face : David Fincher's big-budget version of Stieg Larsson's international sensation, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is due for release on December 21.  Compare and contrast to the Swedish film.

Let's get quirky! Cameron Crowe directs the film version of Benjamin's Mee's memoir We Bought a Zoo.  Of course, Mee's actual zoo (England) has for movie purposes been moved to Southern California. Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star in this feel good holiday movie due for big screen on December 21.

Reading Ahead : More Books to Film Adaptations
Here's a dozen books with last best news about big screen or DVD status.  See you at the front desk or at the movies!

The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell ~ Big Screen, 2012
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare ~ Big Screen, January 2012
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings ~ Big Screen, November 16
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer ~ Big Screen, January 2012
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ Big Screen, 2012
The Help by Kathryn Stockett ~ Blu-Ray/DVD on December 6
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick ~ Big Screen, November 23
Moneyball by Michael Lewis ~ Big Screen, Still Showing
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ~ DVD on November 22
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas ~ Big Screen, Still Showing
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre ~ Big Screen, December 9
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver ~ Big Screen, January 2012