Thursday, September 25, 2014

Three on Thursday: The Book Was Better, Fall 2014 edition

Great books often make for great films, and Hollywood is banking on it this fall! If you're the type who prefers to read the book first, I'm here to help you get a jump on the fall's film adaptations.

Given that we're a few short weeks away from the the October 3 release of the film adaptation (starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris) of Gillian Flynn's bestseller, Gone Girl, we at the library are seeing a resurgence of popularity for the title. Lots of people like to read the book before seeing the movie, which in this case is an added bonus: Flynn wrote the screenplay and changed the ending in the movie, so even readers of the book will be surprised. Want my full review? You can check that out here. And if you're looking for more like Gone Girl, stop in the Main Library during the beginning of October--we'll have a display of read-alikes for you!

Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson. I know I've recommended this one before, and I just can't stop. And now we have the movie to look forward to, opening on Halloween and starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Mark Strong. Kidman plays an amnesiac who, in an effort to reconstruct her past, keeps a journal and makes an entry every evening about what she's learned about her past that day. It's only as she reads back over past entries that she begins to discover that her story has inconsistencies from day to day, and that her husband may not be as trustworthy as she'd first believed. I hope they do this film justice, because the book remains one of my favorites.

Feeling more in need of a comedy than a thriller? Justin Bateman and Tina Fey star in the movie adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper, which opened last week. Judd, played by Bateman, is having a terrible few weeks. His father has died, and he's also found out that his wife is having an affair with his boss, a fact which has recently become painfully public. Now he's spending a week sitting shiva with his dysfunctional family, dealing with old grudges.

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