Quick Picks from CMCL

January 13, 2014

Books to Film – Winter Edition

Filed under: Books to Film — lauradebacle @ 8:00 am

Check out these books that inspired current feature films!

AugustOsageCountyIn theaters now:

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort – In the 1990s Jordan Belfort,  former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the  most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who  led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive  office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography,  Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

Philomena (originally published as The Lost Child of Philomena Lee) by Martin Sixsmith – Philomena became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland, and was forced to give up her baby for adoption.  This is the true story of a mother and son’s struggle to find each other.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by J.R.R. Tolkien – Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber – This short story about a daydreamer also inspired a film in the 1940’s.

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts – This darkly humorous play about a dysfunctional family received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.

MonumentsMenComing to theaters soon:

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard – Relates a story of love, sexual passion, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy–and the man he later becomes–looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel  – At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuhrer had begun cataloging the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: ‘degenerate’ works he despised.

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin – When master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey.

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead – Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

-Laura B.

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