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Books to movies

Posted September 03, 2014 in Community Featured, Clear Lake

With the recent release of the movie “The Giver” based on Lois Lowry’s award-winning book by that title, other books made into movies come to mind. The Clear Lake Public Library owns these titles as books, some as sound recordings and some are available through our eBook consortium, NEIBORS. The following movies and their release dates came from CNN

“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner, is to be released Sept. 19. The cast includes Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario. “The Maze Runner” follows a group of teenagers who wake up in a place called the Glade that exists inside a giant maze. The group has to deal with power issues as well as how to escape the maze (and why they are in there to begin with)  This title is the first in the series.  The story is an action-packed thriller akin to “The Hunger Games,” with more mystery about what’s going on in this dystopic society.

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn is to be released Oct. 3.  Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star. The popular novel follows the troubled marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne. On the eve of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing, and Nick becomes the prime suspect in her possible murder. Author Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay and said she has veered away from the book’s surprise ending for the movie version. Director David Fincher, also directed “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” will probably bring a dark sensibility to the movie.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst, is to be released Oct. 10. The cast includes Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell and Bella Thorne. This funny children’s picture book tells the tale of 11-year-old Alexander’s worst day as he deals with a series of unfortunate events like waking up with gum in his hair. The film will expand on the classic book, detailing how Alexander’s family members are also having their own terrible, horrible days. Garner and Carell play Alexander’s parents, perfect for some kid-friendly comedy.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” adapted from “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, is to be released Nov. 21. The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. This final book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy has been split into two movies, so Part 1 will tell only the initial half of Katniss Everdeen’s rebellion to overthrow the Capitol in the aftermath of the Quarter Quell shown in “Catching Fire” last year. It’s hard to know how much of the story this film will recount, but expect more audacious costumes in the Capitol and more intensity from Lawrence as she channels Katniss’ struggle to become the rebellion’s leader. Part 2 won’t come until 2015.

Two movies that have already been in theaters that you may want to read, if you haven’t already, are “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, which is the first adaptation in the “Divergent” trilogy, a young adult action film on the level of “The Hunger Games,” and “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, that follows a 16-year-old cancer patient named Hazel who falls in love with another patient. The book follows their unexpected relationship in a notably humorous way.

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