The highly anticipated movie, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, premieres in theatres at midnight tonight!
To prepare for this latest installment (if you haven’t already), you can check out the series from the Rohrbach Library! We even have the DVD of the first movie
The Hunger Games available to view, too!
The Hunger Games is not the first book series to be made into a major motion picture so in honor of the trend and #ThrowbackThursday, we’re going to countdown other celebrated books that were made into movies that we love!
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
By: Harper Lee
This 1962 classic film based on Harper Lee’s 1961 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The film stars Gregory Peck as ‘Atticus Finch’. Many of us have read the novel about the small town in Alabama during 1935 that explains about the injustices and prejudices of the time through the eyes of 6 year old, Scout. GoodReads.com lists it as one of the best books of the 20th Century. Once you’ve read the book (which is available at the Rohrbach Library under Call #:PS3562.E353 T6 2002) , check out the movie. It’s a phenomenal visual interpretation of the classic novel.
Before every man reading this begins to groan or roll their eyes, let’s admit that this was a fantastic adaptation to the popular novel! We laughed, and we cried as innocent, good-girl Jamie and Landon, the token bad boy, fell in love. Unfortunately the novel is not at the Rohrbach Library at this time but the book to screen adaptation was too good not to mention!
The story of the wrongfully convicted boy, Stanley Yelnats IV, that is sent to dig holes in a desert dentention camp after being associated with a crime that he did not commit. Along the way, we uncover details about a mysterious curse on the Yelnats family and the story of a treasure buried in the desert. Sachar’s novel is a great read and the movie was cute too! The novel isn’t at Rohrbach Library yet but if you search in EBSCOHOST, there are some interesting interviews with the writer and information about the true history of the treasure mentioned in Holes!
Yes, it’s another Nicholas Sparks novel on this list but can you honestly deny how great this movie adaptation was? Exactly! Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s portrayl of Allie and Noah perfectly fit the descriptions of the characters in the original novel. We love The Notebook! Which is why it ranks at #8 of Books turned into Movies that we love! If you haven’t seen it yet, quickly read the book and watch the film before it hits Broadway!
Although the movie was released as a live-action flick with moden CGI animation in 2006, we’re absolutely in love with the 1973 version of E.B. White’s story that starred Debbie Reynolds as Charlotte and Henry Gibson as Wilbur. If you can’t remember this fantastic movie, the Rohrbach Library has both book (Call #: F White) and video (Call #: 432) available.
This interesting novel took us on a journey about the discovery of a religious mystery that was protected by a secret society. Ron Howard’s adapatation of the novel was a fantastic portrayl of Dan Brown’s work that kept us interested from beginning to end! Rohrbach Library has the novel (Call #:PS3552.R685434 D3 2003) available now.
The movie came out this year with much critical acclaim. The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, tells Fitzgerald’s story of a midwestern veteran that becomes entranced by his millionaire neighbor’s lavish lifestyle. The Rohrbach Library has copies of the books (Call #:PS3511.I9 G7 2004) available to check out now! Read it soon and rent the DVD over the winter break.
This notable series created a cult following for the love story of Edward, a vampire, and Bella, a human. The very successful book and movie franchise created room for the vampire fiction genre again. The Rohrbach Library has the series (Call #: F Meyer) available now.
2. The Lord of the Rings
By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien’s journey of Frodo to destroy the ring has been famous for many years. The film franchise did the series justice in the portrayl of Frodo’s adventure. With a captivating use of imagery and CGI animation, audiences were able to enjoy the unique visuals of Tolkien’s world. You can watch it for yourself and decide when you check out series from the Rohrbach Library (Call #: PR6039.O32 L67 2004)
What list of great novels turned into amazing movies would be complete without mention of the Harry Potter series? This series of 7 installments told us the journey of Harry Potter to eliminate evil from the Wizarding World. We loved Rowling’s fictional world and the movies were fantastic, even if they left out certain sections of the books (*cough* Sirius Black coming into the dorms in the Prisoner of Azkaban *cough* Where was that Alfonso Cuaron? *cough*) Regardless for many of us, Harry Potter sparked our interest in reading, which is why this series tops the list as the number 1 choice for Books turned into Movies that we love!
By: Megan Neely