Monday, February 15, 2010

Books and Movies

Some popular movies that are out now are based on books. Here are a few that are available at the Hartshorne Library. Whether you have seen the movie or not we have always heard that the book is better than the movie, come and check these book out to decide for yourself.

The first is “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis. This is a biography about a young man that is born into poverty to a mother who is addicted to crack. He is one of thirteen children, does not know what his name is or his birthday, let alone how to read or write. His life changes when an evangelical family finds him on the streets. Through their love they help him to overcome these obstacles and become one of the most highly paid football players in history. It is an inspirational story that must be read to fully appreciate the journey of this man.

Nicholas Sparks, author of “The notebook”, “A Walk to remember”, “Nights of Rodanthe” to name just a few, has yet another book that has been made into a movie. The title is “Dear John”. The book is about John, angry rebel, who has dropped out of school and sees the army as an answer to what to do with his life. After enlisting he meets a Savannah, and in a very short time falls in love. It looks like both have found the love of their life until 9/11 happens. John decides to re-enlist and Savannah, because of the long separation falls in love and marries another man. On returning home John must comes to terms with the fact that his true love is married---and must face the hardest decision of his life.

Greg Heffley is thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

Another book is Alice in Wonderland. This classic book by Lewis Carroll is being made into a movie starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton.
Bored on a hot afternoon, Alice follows a White Rabbit down a rabbit-hole without giving a thought about how she might get out. And so she tumbles into Wonderland: where animals answer back, a baby turns into a pig, time stands still at a disorderly tea party, croquet is played with hedgehogs and flamingos, and the Mock Turtle and Gryphon dance the Lobster Quadrille. In a land in which nothing is as it seems and cakes, potions and mushrooms can make her shrink to ten inches or grow to the size of a house, will Alice be able to find her way home again?

The last book is “The Lightening Thief”. This is a Young Adult (and aren’t we all young adults) book. This is a first in “The Olympian” series by Rick Riordan. This books a fantasy along the line of Harry Potter. A young boy finds out that his father is Poseidon, God of the Sea. With his compadres, a satyr and a demigod daughter of Athena, they set out on a quest to reach the gates of the underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

These are just a few books of which movies have been made. Who knows you may even read a book that has yet to receive that honor.

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