From the Pages of Your Book to the Big Screen: Book to Screen Adaptations

It seems that every day there is a new book being turned into a movie or television series…and we’re okay with that! As readers, we know that great books make great movies and we love seeing our favorite stories and characters brought to life on the big (or small) screen. Sometimes a book being turned into a movie or television series gives us a reason to pick up a title we may not have otherwise read. George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, for example, inspired the wildly popular television series Game of Thrones that has introduced so many people to the fantasy genre. There are some really exciting book-to-screen adaptations coming up at the end of this year and beginning of next year. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, is a futuristic sci-fi adventure that is chock full of pop culture references and has been widely recognized as a book anyone will enjoy whether they are a sci-fi fan or not. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg is set to debut in March 2018. Mystery lovers are anticipating the big screen adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The book is a classic favorite and follows detective Hercule Poirot as he tries to uncover the identity of a murderer that he and passengers are trapped on a train with. Mystery fans are also loving the first season of television series Strike which follows war veteran turned private detective, Coroman Strike, as he investigates a series of brutal murders. This television series has been adapted from the books The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, also known as J.K. Rowling. Another television series that is garnering a lot of attention is Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale. This series recently won five Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actress. This television series is based on the dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a society where women are valued solely on their ability to produce children and their rights have been completely stripped. Nonfiction readers will be delighted to hear that both Hidden Figures and the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks were turned into successful movies this year. Fans of true stories can also check out The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, this popular biography follows a family that is at once “deeply dysfunctional and uniquely brilliant”. The movie adaptation is in theaters now. The list of books being adapted for the screen goes on and on and includes titles like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Stephen King’s The Gunslinger, Lianne Moriarty’s Big Little Lies,  R.J. Palaccio’s Wonder, and Dave Eggers’ The Circle just to name a few. We, at the Attleboro Public Library, know that sometimes the hold list on these books can get a little long. So, to help get these books into your eager hands faster, we have created a Books to Screen display that features multiple copies many popular titles that are being adapted to the screen. These titles are available on a first come, first serve basis (much like our Bestsellers collection, which you can read more about here) and it is our hope that there will always be something on this display for you to take home. Stop by the second floor of APL to check it out!

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