At the Library: Film adaptations of books are in high demand

At the Library: Film adaptations of books are in high demand



2018 has been a huge year for book-to-film adaptations. From well-known titles such as “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, to movies you didn’t know were inspired by books, such as “Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews — the adaptations are many, and they aren’t slowing down any time soon!

Every time one of these movies is released, its hardback counterpart here at the library sees a surge in popularity as droves of people scramble to read it before seeing the film. This sometimes results in a lengthy holds list. One of the most recent examples of this is “Crazy Rich Asians,” which, despite being 5 years old, suddenly has 111 people eagerly awaiting copies. There are plenty of other books hitting the big screen this year, so beat the crowds and get your copy now!

“Bel Canto,” a hostage drama based on the novel by Ann Patchett, will be released in theatres on Sept. 14. With a great cast, including Ken Watanabe and the wonderful Julianne Moore, I can see it being a huge hit. While I haven’t read that title, I really enjoyed Patchett’s bestseller “Commonwealth,” which is also rumored to have a movie in the works! Next month will also see a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic “Little Women” — great timing, as it is also the 150th anniversary of the book’s original publication.

In October, Ryan Gosling will star in the movie version of “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James Hansen, an authorized biography of the intensely private man known for walking on the moon. David Lagercrantz’s bestseller “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” a continuation of the Millennium series by the late Stieg Larsson, will also hit the silver screen.

November and December are generally big months for movie releases, and this year is no exception. The whole family will enjoy the newest remake of “The Grinch” (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), as well as “Mary Poppins Returns” (with Emily Blunt); they will also probably appreciate the original books by Dr. Seuss and P. L. Travers, respectively.

For history buffs: check out John Guy’s biography “My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots” whose film counterpart is scheduled to be released in December. The film will star Saoirse Ronan as the titular character, who is also known for her role in the critically acclaimed “Lady Bird.”

Not all books become full-length feature films, though … some of them are made into fantastic television series! “American Gods,” a book by the great Neil Gaiman, became a hugely successful Starz Original Series in 2017. Another one of Gaiman’s books, which he wrote with the late Terry Pratchett, will soon become a TV mini-series: “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies” by Agnes Nutter, Witch. It also happens to be one of my personal favorites, so I highly recommend you check it out, whether or not you’re interested in the TV remake!

Top-requested books■1. “The Perfect Couple” Elin Hilderbrand■2. “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton & James Patterson■3. “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler■4. “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin■5. “The Summer Wives” by Beatriz Williams■6. “The Other Woman” by Daniel Silva■7. “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware■8. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah■9. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover■10. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

Top-requested movies■1. “Book Club”■2. “Avengers: Infinity War”■3. “Life of the Party”■4. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”■5. “Deadpool 2”■6. “The Leisure Seeker”■7. “A Quiet Place”■8. “Rampage”■9. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”■10. “Tully”

Top billingFor All Ages

WEDNESDAY –– 9:15-10 a.m., Storytime at the Watch Hill Library – For parents and children ages 3+; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons – A Teen-led program! No experience with the game is necessary; 1-3/6-7:30 p.m., Wirework Wednesday – Stop by the Makerspace during the afternoon or evening session and learn to craft with wire.

■THURSDAY –– 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Storytime and Craft with Children’s Workshop – for children aged 3 and up; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels welcome, no sign-up required.

FRIDAY –– 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Magic the Gathering (new group) – A teen-led program for those who enjoy playing Magic, or are interested in learning; 3-4:30 p.m., Teen Drawing Circle – Spend some time drawing…no experience necessary! Learn from others, practice the basics, and see yourself improve over time!

■SATURDAY –– 9 a.m.-12 p.m., URI Master Gardener’s Kiosk – Stop by with questions about your garden, or to get your soil tested; 10-11:30 a.m., Native Gardens of Wilcox Park Tour – Meet at the fountain for a walking tour of Wilcox Park, paying special attention to the native plants; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – Group-led prose writing workshop; 12:30-3:30 p.m., Video Game Battle Royale – Don’t miss the final battle in our three-part video game tournament. This week, we’ll be playing Mario Kart!

Cassie Skobrak is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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