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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Books to Film 2012 edition by Rion

What do Nicholas Sparks, Abraham Lincoln, Zombies, Nick Carraway, and Jack Kerouac all have in common? Aside from books, each is involved with a film being released in theaters this year.  If you’re like me and prefer to read a book before seeing any adaptation, film or television, then I’m happy to report you still have time and the library has the books.  There are many books making their way to the big screen— “The Hunger Games” (March 23), “Life of Pi” (December 21), and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Fall/Winter), but I have chosen five that I hope will appeal to various tastes.

·           Sparks’ novel, “The Lucky One” (April 20), revolves around a Marine serving in Iraq who finds a photograph he believes brings him luck.  After returning stateside, he sets out to find the woman in the picture.

·           Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (June 22), adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, explores the former President’s life via diary entries that detail his time spent hunting vampires after his mother is killed by one.

·           Max Brooks’ novel “World War Z” (December 21) recounts the events of a decade long “zombie war” based on interviews with various survivors.

·          Nick Carraway is the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” (December 25).  The movie, like the book, follows Nick’s move to New York and his interactions with Tom and Daisy Buchanan.

·           Lastly, Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel, “On the Road” (December 27), based on road trips taken by Kerouac and friends, introduces us to Sal and Dean as they trek cross country, to Mexico and to New York from 1947 to 1950.

Stop by to pick up these and other book-to-film choices at the library.

Stillwater, OK.

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