Read. Watch. Reflect.
For the month of September, the eReading Circle will highlight film and television adaptations from books. What's your favorite Film or TV adaptation from a book? Share it on our Discussion Thread. Don't have a favorite yet? Check out the Library staff favorites below!
Hollywood has a long history of relying on popular fiction novels for silver screen inspiration. Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Dracula… hundreds of classics adapted to film beloved by millions. Today, especially with numerous platform options, it seems like every new book includes an announcements of screen rights being sold. Recently screen debuts of seminal works of fiction like, The Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods, Outlander, and Game of Thrones have dominated pop-culture.
Despite how common adaptation is, “the book was better” is a near constant refrain among fans. While some adaptations are admittedly better than their source material like Jaws, the Godfather or Die Hard, it’s a rare adaptation lives up to its origin. So why do we line up for these movie premieres? Because it is fun to watch books that are movies and see what has changed or what has stayed the same. We enjoy seeing the narrative outside our own imagination.
Written by Library Assistant, Erica Jones
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Some favorites of the WilmU Library Staff
The Maltese Falcon
By: Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is a detective novel that was originally serialized in a magazine in the 1930s. The novel has been adapted several times for the cinema. The main character, a classic “gumshoe” is known for his keen eye for detail, unflinching determination to achieve his own form of justice, and a complete lack of sentimentality. The 1941 film noir classic is scripted and directed by John Huston. The actor, Humphrey Bogart, gives a critically acclaimed performance of the private investigator Sam Spade, alongside a cast of interesting characters like the femme fatale Mary Astor and sleazy confidence man portrayed by Peter Lorre.
V for Vendetta
By: Alan Moore
V for Vendetta is a British graphic novel written by Alan Moore, published in black-and-white ten-issue limited series. The story depicts a dystopian and post-apocalyptic near-future version of the United Kingdom in the 1990s, preceded by a nuclear war. A white supremacist and neo-fascist political party has exterminated its opponents in concentration camps, and now rules the country as a police state. The comics and film follows, V, an anarchist revolutionary, as he begins an elaborate revolutionist campaign to bring down the fascist state while inspiring a young woman named Evey, portrayed by Natalie Portman, to be his protégée.
By: Charles Frazier
Cold Mountain is a historical novel by Charles Frazier that tells the story of W. P. Inman, a wounded deserter from the Confederate army near the end of the American Civil War. Inman walks for months to return to Ada Monroe, a minister's daughter who recently relocated from Charleston to a farm in a rural mountain community near Cold Mountain, North Carolina. In the 2003 film adaptation Jude Law portrays Inman on his dangerous journey in hopes of being reunited with the love of his life Ada, portrayed by Nicole Kidman.
The Monuments Men
By: Robert M. Edsel
The book The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel follows the exploits of a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, who risked their lives behind enemy lines, often unarmed, scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture by the Nazi’s during World War Two. The 2014 film adaptation directed by George Clooney stars an ensemble cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett. The central theme of the film remains relevant today as the United Nations and others are active in protecting cultural heritage in war zones.
Travelling to Infinity & The Theory of Everything
By: Jane Hawking
Traveling to Infinity by Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage to Stephen Hawking. Jane provides a candid account of balancing her husband’s physical and medical needs due to a motor-neuron disease and his growing academic renowned. This open, moving and often funny memoir was adapted for film in 2014 under the title The Theory of Everything. The biographical romantic drama was directed by James Marsh and stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as the principle characters.