Weekly Spotlight On Books Into Movies

There is, inevitably, a renewed surge of interest in a book once it has been made into movie.  This post is meant to give you a head start on upcoming movies that have been adapted from books.  I, personally, like to read the book before watching the movie and then compare the two.  This is by no means a complete list of movies based on books, but is instead a list of movies that I am excited about and that will most likely spur an increase in library checkouts for the book the movie is based on.  Get ahead of the pack and read the books BEFORE the movie is released in theaters.  So, without further ado, some things to look forward to.  I have included a link to the Internet Movie Database for each title if you want more information:

1) Hemingway and Gellhorn

This is actually an upcoming HBO TV movie starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, scheduled to be released on May 28th.  It tells of the romance between Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, a WWII correspondent.  Gellhorn was the inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls and the only woman who asked for a divorce from Hemingway.  Norton is also republishing a nonfiction work titled Hemingway: The 1930’s Through the Final Years by Michael Reynolds as a tie-in with the movie.  HBO rarely ever disappoints, and if this production is as excellent as it promises to be, you can be sure to see For Whom the Bell Tolls flying off of library shelves!

Click her for access to Hemingway’s works in the library catalog!

2) Snow White and the Huntsman

Based off of the fairy tale created by the Grimm brothers, movie adaptations of Snow White seem to be trending at the moment.  Earlier in the year Mirror Mirror came out, to mediocre reviews.  This adaptation is much darker and focuses, obviously, on the relationship between Snow White and the huntsman ordered to kill her.  While some may have their doubts on whether this adaptation will captivate audiences, its impressive cast and visual beauty make this a movie to look forward to.  This is scheduled to be released on June 1st; I highly recommend picking up a collection of the original Grimm fairy tales if you haven’t read them before–some of the stories truly are grim, and can be read by adult audiences as well as children.

Click here for access to Grimm’s works in the library catalog!

3) Bel Ami

Adapted from the novel by Guy De Maupassant, expect renewed interest in this classic novel once the costume drama starring Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, and Christina Ricci comes out on June 8th.  The story itself tells of a young man’s rise to power in Paris through his manipulation of wealthy and influential women.

Find the book in the library catalog here!

4) Savages

Based on the book of the same title by Don Winslow, this Oliver Stone-directed action movie tells the story of two pot growers who face off against the Mexican drug cartel.  This one is definitely not for the faint of heart, but the name of Oliver Stone will increase interest in both the movie and the book.  This movie is due to be released July 6th.

Find the book in the library catalog now!



5)  Lawless

This movie is based off of the book titled The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based On a True Story by Matt Bondurant.  Due to be released on August 31st, this movie has a very promising cast and interesting premise.  Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.  If the movie is as good as it promises to be, you can be sure that people will flock to read the book as well.

Find the book in the library catalog now!

That’s all for now, keep reading our blog for more updates and trends in the book industry, along with staff recommendations and reader’s advisory tips brought to you by the River Forest Library!


One thought on “Weekly Spotlight On Books Into Movies

  1. There is a novel by Martha Gellhorn that was recently reprinted, The Stricken Field, which the library owns. Just an FYI for those who are interested in Hemingway and Gellhorn.

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