Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Watch the Movie and Read the Book

The other day while I was watching the movie Brave (which is excellent by the way), I noticed a bunch of the upcoming movies are adaptations of books.  So I did a little research and this is what I came up with.

The following movies were released in the past couple of months:

Argo--based on the book The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio Mendez
Lincoln--based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Anna Karenina--based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel of the same name.
Alex Cross--was adapted from James Patterson's novel Cross.
Life of Pi--based on the novel by Yann Martel.
The Cloud Atlas--adapted from David Mitchell's historical-science fiction novel.

This next batch will be coming to theaters this month and January 2013:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--part 1 of a trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit or There and Back Again.
Jack Reacher--an adaptation of Lee Child's novel One Shot.
Les Miserables--a musical adaptation of the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo.
Cosmopolis--adapted from Don DeLillo's novel of the same name.
Gangster Squad--this crime drama is based on Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman.

All of these films are based on books that the library owns.  So make sure you see a good flick for the holidays but don't forget to read the books because we librarians know: the book is always better than the movie.  At least most of the time.

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