Book Bingo: Turned into a Movie

– Posted by Misha.

Book Bingo Turned MovieThis summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

Every year I love to put together our Oscars slash “Made into a Movie” display at the Central Library, so I was thrilled to see “Turned into a Movie” as a Summer Book Bingo category. What is amazing every year is to see just how many films are made with novels, nonfiction, short stories or comics as source material. Hollywood has caught on to what so many readers already know–that some of the best stories are already out there and that fans of the book will usually go see the movie, too.

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Romantic Wednesdays: If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars

Posted by Eric G.

John Green’s popular and acclaimed novel The Fault in Our Stars gets the big screen treatment this week! Here are some books that form a complementary reading constellation.

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenSomebody Up There Hates You by Hollis SeamonThe Summer I Found You by Jolene B. Perry

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

On the surface this story of cancer-stricken teens seems very similar to Green’s novel, but this humorous, moving story stands on its own. The snarky narrator Richard doesn’t have long to live, but is making the most of his remaining days in the hospice wing with Sylvie, another teen awaiting the same fate. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: If You Liked The Fault in Our Stars”

Movie Mondays: See the Movies of Tomorrow Today (In Your Mind)!

Click here to view Divergent in the SPL catalogHollywood looking to books for inspiration is not a “novel” idea. (Ahem.) Certainly the upcoming slate of 2014 theatrical releases is no different. After the runaway success of the Hunger Games and Twilight sagas, teen fiction will continue to provide fodder for the multiplex with adaptations of Vampire Academy, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, even Lois Lowry’s two decade old tale of dystopia, The Giver (starring Meryl Streep no less) coming down the pipeline over the next eleven months. Of course, we’ll also be seeing big releases of some of the most popular adult novels of the last several years, including Fifty Shades of Grey, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the latter being filmed by Zodiac and The Social Network director David Fincher. I thought it might be prudent to mention some slightly lesser-read works so you can place that hold right now, before the rest of the city is on to you. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: See the Movies of Tomorrow Today (In Your Mind)!”

Movie Mondays: The ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Primer

It has been three long years since a Coen brothers film graced the silver screen. Thankfully, the drought ends this month with the release of their sixteenth feature, Inside Llewyn Davis. The film follows a struggling singer-songwriter in the burgeoning New York folk scene of the early 1960s. Want to get the most out of the film as you possibly can? Try a few of these items available at the Library to give you a leg up on the guy rudely chomping away on a bucket of popcorn next to Continue reading “Movie Mondays: The ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Primer”

The Scarlet Letter Revisited

“The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers,—stern and wild ones,—and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.”  -The Scarlet Letter

What I love most about The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is it’s timelessness. It is just as relevant now as it was when it was first published. No matter ones opinion it sparks conversation from all sides. Here are a few items that revisit that theme:

When She Woke, by Hillary JordanThe novel When She Woke by Hillary Jordan gives us a futuristic version of The Scarlet Letter. Hannah Payne’s life revolved around God first and family second due to living in a world where faith and politics go hand in hand. Yet Hannah has always had a slight rebellious side and when the State of Texas deems Hannah a murderer with the victim being her unborn child she finds herself alone in a white room with her skin dyed red. In her society those that commit crimes are dyed and sent out to live in the world. Not willing to expose the man who fathered the child, a respected pastor, nor the physician that helped her she adds more time on to her sentence and will spend the next sixteen years as a red. After being released she begins the process of discovering who she is despite what her crime claims her to be.

Occasionally there is a teen movie that I can’t help but watch over and over again. MyEasy A, a film by Will Gluck secret shame, so to speak, is Just My Luck and 10 Things I Hate About You. My newest guilty pleasure is Easy A, which is a modern high school take of The Scarlet Letter. Olive Penderghast, played by Emma Stone, finds her life, which was normally spent in high school obscurity, the center of a false rumor of her losing her virginity. Unfortunately the rumor was started by herself to her best friend in the bathroom only to be overheard by the holier than thou Marianne. Once this rumor takes off it morphs into a whole different beast and rather than try to dispel them she claims them by wearing a red A. Although she tries to use her new found strength to help those in need she causes more harm to her reputation and it begins to affect everyone around her till she has no choice, but to finally reveal the truth.