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Read-to-Screen: Beautiful Creatures

AHHHHHH OMG! Beautiful Creatures THE MOVIE is hitting theaters everywhere this February. Just in time for your Valentine’s (or Gal-entine’s) movie date. Many of us go crazy over whether a movie does a great book justice. I feel like this one might do the book justice, but the book is pretty cinematic – from the moment you first step into the Deep South with its ominous weather and the even more ominous dreams of main character Ethan Wate – so it may be easy to make it into a great movie.

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Here’s the scoop: Beautiful Creatures, out February 13, 2013. Who’s in it? This, I know, is key. Whose faces are going to take on the faces of the book characters you love? Ethan, our heart-throbby Southern misanthrope, will be played by relative unknown Alden Ehrenreich. He’s a little older than 16-year-old Ethan, so we’ll see if that truly works. Pale, mysterious, and beautiful Lena will be played by Alice Englert, another pretty unknown actress, hailing from New Zealand. The most well-known star to be seen in the cast is Emmy Rossum, of Phantom of the Opera fame, as Lena’s bad-girl cousin, Ridley. Also, Jeremy Irons will be Gatlin’s spooky-creepy Macon Ravenwood.

In advance of the movie, why not prowl the internet for all things Beautiful Creatures, re-read the books, and read other books that are similar, until you are well and truly excited!

  • Start with author Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s website. Here, you can learn all about the writing duo, plus link to more info on the books.
  • There are killer trailers and sneak peeks at the official website for the movie.
  • Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? There’s not a lot of thematic or plot overlap (besides the element of overcoming prejudice) in that American classic and the Beautiful Creatures series, but it is the book that Ethan Wate refers to in the beginning of Beautiful Creatures. Read it and get closer to Mr. Wate…
  • And speaking of novels set in the south, check out some other Southern Gothics, like Texas Gothic and The Splendor Falls, both by Rosemary Clement-Moore, both of which feature characters with startling supernatural ability. Dying for more on the supernatural (and you know there’s no shortage of that!)? Go to The Calling by Kelley Armstrong and Misfit by Jon Skovron.

 

Robots and Video Games

Typically the books reviewed on this site are teen and youth books, but today’s books are two adult titles I think you’ll enjoy.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Wade lives in a near future U.S. where everyone works, plays, and interacts in the online virtual world of the Oasis.  When the eccentric billionaire creator of the Oasis dies, his will states he will leave his vast fortune to the person who can find the “Easter egg” he’s hidden in the Oasis.  Solving a series of riddles and tests leads Wade on a quest through the movies, music, TV shows, and computer games of the 1980’s, all for the love of the game.

Robopocalpyse by Daniel H. Wilson
When the robot uprising happens people around the world find their lives forever changed.  Told from several perspectives, including a few robots, Robopocalpyse is the story of the human resistance to a global robot war.  Thought provoking and endlessly exciting, with a movie version coming soon!

One more note, I listened to both of these as audiobooks and they both have fantastic readers!

Teen Recommendations

Teen Advisory Board members talked about a lot of books, movies and TV shows at yesterday’s meeting; here’s what they recommend!

Books!

Teen Titles:
House of Night series by P.C. Cast
Matched by Ally Condie
Dark Life by Kat Falls
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner
Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Possession by Elana Johnson
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Morpheus Road by D.J. MacHale
Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Youth Titles:
Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Ghost Trackers : the unreal world of ghosts, ghost-hunting, and the paranormal by Chris Gudgeon

Adult:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R. King
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

TV & Movies!

Knowing (PG-13)
Emma  (PG; version with Gwneth Paltrow)
David Copperfield (PG; PBS version with Daniel Radcliffe)
Neverland (TV miniseries, 2011)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Sherlock (PBS)

Summer 2011

Summer at the library means tie dye, movies, reading prizes and much more. 

Teen Summer Reading
Read your way to fantastic prizes including coupons for free food, discounts on Brewer’s tickets, gift cards, and more.  Sign-up begins May 31!

Movie Talkers Book Group
Read the book, watch the movie and then talk about them!  Share your opinion on how the movie compares to the book when we talk these throughout the summer:

June 15: The Guardians of Ga’hool by Kathryn Lasky
June 22: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
July 13: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (watch part 1 of the movie before part 2 is released on July 15!)
July 27: Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton.

Movies start at 6 p.m. with discussion to follow.

Tie Dye
Our popular Tie Dye event is back!  We provide the rubber bands and dye, you supply the white 100% cotton item.  Join us June 23 from 2:30-4 p.m.

International Folk Fair
We’re celebrating diversity with a folk fair featuring Nepali Dancers, henna tattoos, bilingual storytimes, Chinese calligraphy, treats, origami and more.  June 29 from 6-8 p.m.

Mario Kart Tournament & Board Game Fun
Race on the Wii or unplug with a board game on July 14 from 2-4 p.m.

Summer Celebration
Free ice cream, live music, games for the little kids, and more at the library’s annual Summer Celebration on July 20 from 6-8 p.m.

More Books to Movies

There are lots of new movies coming out in the next few months based on great books…

December
The Lovely Bones
Sherlock Holmes

February
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

March
Alice in Wonderland
How to Train Your Dragon

April
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

June
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

While you wait, check out Blindside, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, or Me & Orson Welles in theaters now.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

If you love the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, I’ve got some exciting info for you…

First, the 6th-8th grade book group will be talking about The Last Olympian and the other books in the series on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Join us for fun conversation, trivia, and much more.

Second, wondering what to read next? Rick Riordan has a great list of ideas and so does the library. Check them out to find tons of great books!

Want even more Percy Jackson? Don’t forget the movie is coming out February 12, 2010. Check out the amazing trailer! And Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide, a “guide to the gods, camp, monsters, the labyrinth, and much more” also comes out in February. And then next fall the graphic novel version of The Lightning Thief comes out. Whew, that’s a lot of cool stuff!

And finally, the first book in The Camp Half-Blood series comes out winter 2010! Here’s a quote from Rick Riordan’s blog about the new series, “I’m putting a new twist on things but it’s not the end of Percy and friends by a long shot. You’ll see where I’m going with it winter 2010 when the first book comes out, and I think you’ll be pleased (and I hope a little shocked and amazed!) but that’s all I can say for now.”

2010 should be a great year for Percy Jackson fans!

P.S. Happy 100th post to the blog:)

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