Friday, November 14, 2014

Books and Movies

Every year, hundreds of movies are made and released to the big screen. Did you know that a large portion of those movies are actually adapted from books? This means many readers and movie-goers will face an important question: Should I read the book first?  This is where the libraries at TCTC can help!

The following is a list of books-turned-movies coming to theaters in the next few months. The TCTC libraries conveniently have them waiting for you to check out:

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (book|movie)
This is the third and final book in Collins’ extraordinarily popular The Hunger Games trilogy. The movie, however, is only covering part of the book.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released to theatres November 20, 2015.
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (book|movie)
The full title of this book is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.  It was also an Oprah’s Book Club pick in 2013.
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (book|movie)
This is the prequel to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Even though The Hobbit is less than 400 pages long, it was split into a movie trilogy.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The third and final installment is entitled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

4. American Sniper by Chris Kyle (book|movie)
The full title of this book is American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. It is also co-written by Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice.
Release Date: January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

5. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (book|movie)
This is the first book in the erotic romance Fifty Shades trilogy. It has topped numerous best-seller lists around the world, despite its poor critical reception. In fact, Fifty Shades of Grey has the record for the fastest-selling paperback of all time.
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

6. Serena by Ron Rash (book|movie)
Ron Rash is a popular local author. He currently holds the title of Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. He was born in Chester, SC and grew up in Boiling Springs, NC.  He holds degrees from both Gardner-Webb University and Clemson University. Serena is his fourth novel.
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Toby Jones

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (book|movie)
Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy. The third book, Allegiant, will be split into two movies
Release Date: March 20, 2015
Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort

8. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (book|movie)
The second classic novel on the list (the other being The Hobbit) and the only book from the 19th century!
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Stars: Juno Temple, Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen

Allison C. Read
Tri-County Technical College
Easley Campus Library Coordinator

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