Read it...before you see it!

by TeenLibrarian@evpl on Friday, August 22 2008, 9:30am. Viewed 1,256 times.

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (#1107/1008 August 22/29, 2008) is on the shelf; it's a special double issue previewing the fall movie releases. Inside are some excellent books that have been adapted to film.

Looking for something to read? Read or re-read the book (short story) before the movie is released. There are some interesting titles, some you've surely read, others you've wanted to, and a few surprises. So read the book, read the articles, view the trailer, and give us your grades. 

I've listed the book titles below. Either check out the print version of EW or their website for information about the movies. In some cases full articles have been written, in others short movie descriptions with "our two cents" (what the author thinks about the upcoming release). But, what do you think?


Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride

Cover: Miracle at St. Anna


Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Cover: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Cover: Secret Life of Bees Cover: City of Ember


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Cover: Twilight

Cover: The Road


Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

Curious Case of Benjamin Button short story in Six Tales of the Jazz Age, and other stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Cover: Marley & Me Cover: Six Tales of the Jazz Age, and other stories Cover: The Tale of Despereaux


I didn't include Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince because it has been moved to next summer (2009).

Many of these titles are popular choices for teens and/or adults, probably why they were adapted into films - ya think! Also listed are some titles that you may have overlooked. Update your fall reading lists to read/re-read these titles before the movies are released. In the meantime, check out the trailers and give us your grades. For those film critics and movie buffs among us who sometimes say, "I could've written a better movie than that!" read the books, try your own adaptations, and compare your vision to the films direction.

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on Tuesday, September 2 2008, 3:30pm

So excited about the Twilight movie coming in November.  I'm hooked on Edward and Bella's life together.  I see that there are still 69 holds on Twilight, even though it's been out since 2005. :)

on Wednesday, September 3 2008, 9:44am

I can't wait to see The Road.  If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.  McCarthy's style of writing is different...lots of run on sentences and a stubborn refusal to include chapters, but in the end it all works well.  The story itself is very bleak, post-apocalyptic tales invariably are, but it is such an entertaining novel that you shouldn't let that stop you.

on Friday, September 12 2008, 11:23am

I finished reading the short story Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Very interesting premise, Benjamin Button was born a 70 year old man and ages backward. "The story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end." Think about that. I questioned if one would age backward, why would they do things as if they were aging normally? At age 18 or rather age 62 (70-18) Benjamin enrolls in college.  

Story is available online @

Audio is available @

Or check the book out from the library.

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