Hello my Firehouse friends! I've missed you! A lot has been going on the last few weeks, both at the store and in my own life. But things are at last starting to calm down again...you know, until the Christmas season comes into full swing and we all lose our marbles.
If you missed it, Kelsey posted a wonderful blog addressing the controversy
surrounding the newly release Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez. I
recommend you give it a read.
Since I am still easing my way back into a fully function brain space, I'm
going to keep this blog short and easy while keeping you up to date with
Hollywood has been all about book-to-movie adaptations lately. Which is
sometimes great and other times not so great. Kelsey and I both agree it would
be nice to see some movies coming out that were fresh and original instead of
adaptations and sequels. However, there are still some titles many of us here
at the bookstore are excited for.
In order by release date, here are five book-to-move adaptations you can
expect to see in theaters before the end of 2013.
Carrie by Stephen King, October 18
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift.
Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A
door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as
spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to
be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned
her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would
Game by Orson Scott Card, November 1
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next
attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A
brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but
distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than
anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the
soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin
drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room,
where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an
artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation,
rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling
fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear
that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames
of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the
genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred
years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as
long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very
different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world.
If, that is, the world survives.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, November 8
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never
been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out
a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she
can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she
learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing
raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins,
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games with fellow district
tribute Peeta Mellark. They should be happy. But it was a victory won by
defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Now rumors of rebellion are
spreading, and the Capitol wants revenge.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by J.R.R Tolkien,
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely
traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is
disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his
doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot
to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very
dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his
journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a
frightening creature known as Gollum.
As you probably gathered from the title of this blog, I usually stand by
reading the book before seeing the movie...you know, unless you accidentally
see the movie because you didn't know it was a book first...
All of these books (except Carrie) are on our shelves right now. If
you click on the title, it will take you to our website where you can order the
book right from your home! And since I've told you all of these movies were
adapted from books, you have no excuse not to read them before you watch them.
I have plans to see three of these five movies (and yes, I've read all the
books). What about you? Are you excited for any of these movies or do you
prefer to stick with the book?
Until next week my fellow book/movie lovers.