Reading Riot: Books to the Big Screen

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Hollywood has a long history of adapting popular books into big screen movies. If you’re like me, you like to read the book first then see the film and compare them. So after you turn the last page, either head to the theater or borrow the DVD from the library and hunker down with a bowl of popcorn. How’d they do? Does the movie script stay true to the story? Do the actors resemble the book characters? Is the setting similar to what you imagined?

Here are a few recently released or upcoming movies from books that are in the library collection. Read the books first then see the movie and you be the judge.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales. There he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But he also discovers disturbing facts about the children who were kept there. The mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers. The book is sprinkled with haunting vintage photos and it will be interesting to see how director Tim Burton will interpret. Released September 2016.

A Monster Calls by Siobhan Dowd and Patrick Ness

A boy wakes one night to find a monster outside his window and seeks its help to cope with his mother’s terminal illness. Profoundly sad and darkly funny, the book was inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Released October 2016.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

This slim volume details the characteristics of mythical beasts as researched by Newt Scamander and compiled in a textbook that Harry Potter and friends study at Hogwarts. Filled with magic and twists of fate, the movie reveals Newt’s adventures in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter goes to Hogwarts. Released November 2016

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I loved this book and, if you’re a fan of John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, I guarantee you will too. “Everything, Everything” is about a quarantined girl who’s allergic to basically everything but falls in love with the boy next door. The story is told through vignettes, diary entries, texts, lists and illustrations which is how Maddy and Olly send messages to each other. But when Olly manages to spring her from isolation, he becomes the biggest risk she’s ever taken. Releases May 2017.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
After the disappearance of her scientist father, who was engaged in secret work for the government, Meg and her friends travel to outer space to find him. The beloved classic was originally published in 1962 so we’ve waited a very long time for a major motion picture adaptation. I’m hoping Hollywood honors the Newbery Medal winner. Releases July 2017.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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