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Dec 29

Another year, another group of movies based on books

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 4:54 PM by Lindsey Kult

We've made it to 2017! Hopefully Hollywood will fare better this year than last in both celebrity health and quality of movies. In an attempt to recover from the heavily criticized 2016 movies, producers have based more than two dozen movies on books. Here are a list of the books that we own, the book description, a list of actors/actresses starring in the movie, and the link to place them on hold: 

A Dogs Purpose
1. A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron
This book is about the soul of a dog named Bailey on a journey to find the meaning of life. 

 "Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose." 

 Bradley Cooper, Britt Robertson, and Dennis Quaid will star in this movie. Unfortunately the dog actors aren't listed ;) Dog's Purpose&searchscope=35

Fifty Shades Darker
2. Fifty Shades Darker, by E. L. James
This is the sequel to last Valentine's Day hit movie. 

"Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life."

Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Tyler Hoechlin, and Kim Basinger will star in this movie. Shades Darker&searchscope=35

Dark Tower Collage
3. The Dark Tower, by Stephen King
Wow! This movie is actually the SEQUEL to the 7 book series! So be sure you've read all 7 before the movie comes out on February 17, 2017. Here is the premise of the film as stated by Wikipedia (on 12/29/16): 

ake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to the land Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain who is on a quest to reach the "Dark Tower" that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer hot on their tail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete."

This movie stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Jackie Earle Haley, and Abbey Lee.

Before I fall
4. Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
I've heard great things about this YA author and am not surprised that this book is being made into a movie. 

"For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—"Cupid Day"—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined. Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures."

 This movie stars some young actresses, Zoey Deutch, Elena Kampouris, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, and Alyssa Lynch.

Currently this book is only available on OverDrive or through interlibrary loan. I fall&searchscope=35

5. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
This is a tween book about a boy who is so physically deformed that he is kept from schools until the fifth grade. It's been a constant on our hold shelf for months!

"August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels."

 This movie has an all star cast with Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson as the leads. (Scroll down toward the bottom to find this book, there are a lot of books with the word wonder in the title.)

Captain Underpants
6. Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
This is really happening. The movie is being based on the graphic novel series where a principal becomes a superhero after being hypnotized by two forth graders - George and Harold. This film will feature the main bad guys from the books but no plot is know yet.

 There are some huge comedians voicing this movie! Ed Helms stars with a supporting cast that includes Kevin Hart, Kristen Schaal, Jordan Peele, and Nick Kroll. Underpants&searchscope=35

7. Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg
This is a remake of a movie based on a book. 

"The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizare adventure of their lives.In his second book for children, Chris Van Allsburg again explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startingly to life.His marvelous drawings beautifully convey a mix of the everyday and the extraordinary, as a quiet house is taken over by an exotic jungle."

 This movie has a promising cast so hopefully it will be as successful as Robin Williams. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan star in this version.

A Wrinkle In Time
8. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle COMING OUT IN 2018
This is a classic and a Newbery Award winner. The first attempt at turning this book into a movie was a failure and the author refused to even view it. Now Madeleine L'Engle has passed away so we'll never know if she would enjoy this version. Unfortunately the release was pushed from July 2017 to April 2018 - not a good sign. 

"It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?"

Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis will star with Oprah Winfrey. Wrinkle in Time&searchscope=35

9. It, by Stephen King
Yet another remake of a movie based on a book and yet another Stephen King work being transformed to the big screen. I was always too scared to watch the original and don't know if I'll see either Stephen King movie on this list - He's good at what he does! 

 "The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values."

This movie will star Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, and Jaeden Lieberher. stephen king&searchscope=35

The Mountain Between Us
10. The Mountain Between Us, by Charles Martin
If you've asked Susan for a book to read this past year, there is a very good chance that she recommended this book for you! It is a very popular book here already and will surely become even more popular in the summer of 2017. (The movie comes out October 2017)

"From the author of Where the River Ends, comes this page-turning story of love and survival. On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport.  Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding.  Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day.   When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection.   And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently.   And then the unthinkable happens.  The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness-- one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.   Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot's dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive.   Fortunately, Ben is a medical professional and avid climber (and in a lucky break, has his gear from a climb earlier in the week).  With little hope for rescue, he must nurse Ashley back to health and figure out how they are going to get off the mountain, where the temperature hovers in the teens.   Meanwhile, Ashley soon realizes that the very private Ben has some serious emotional wounds to heal as well.  He explains to Ashley that he is separated from his beloved wife, but in a long standing tradition, he faithfully records messages for her on his voice recorder reflecting on their love affair.  As Ashley eavesdrops on Ben's tender words to his estranged wife she comes to fear that when it comes to her own love story, she's just settling.  And what's more: she begins to realize that the man she is really attracted to, the man she may love, is Ben. As the days on the mountains become weeks, their survival become increasingly perilous.  How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever? Both a tender and page-turning read, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us."

Idris Elba is going to have a big year in 2017! He stars in this with Kate Winslet. Mountain Between Us&searchscope=35

Red Sparrow
11. Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews
This is going to be a great role for Jennifer Lawrence. From the description, this book was meant to become a movie. Let's just hope that they transition the plot and characters well! 

"In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America’s valuable mole in Moscow. Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin’s intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel’s impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller."

This movie will star Jennifer Lawrence and possibly Joel Edgerton. Sparrow&searchscope=35

All the bright places
12. All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven COMING 2018
This is a young adult book by newcomer Jennifer Niven. It has been compared to John Green's Fault in Our Stars.

"Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink."

This movie stars Ellie Fanning and has been moved to 2018. the bright places&searchscope=35

I hope you found some interesting new books to read this year. This is a short list that doesn't come close to covering the variety of books available in the library! Personally, I can't wait to see many of these movies and to rent them when they eventually are purchased by the library.