May Horror Book Club: Sympathy for the Devil??

joe-hill-horns-book-coverIg Perrish wakes up hungover after a night of drinking and “doing terrible things” to find two strange growths on his head. They look like horns, but things like that just don’t happen. In addition to being ugly and unsettling, the horns give Ig an equally ugly power, he can make people admit their innermost thoughts and deeds (intimate, embarrassing, I-can’t-believe-you-just-said-that details). But this bizarre turn of events is of particular use to Ig, who is still grieving over the horrible murder of his childhood sweetheart, an act that the entire town, including his family, believes he committed.

Please join us on Wednesday May 13th at 7pm for Horror Book Club when we will be discussing Horns by Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King. We meet in the board room and treats will be provided. If you saw the movie with Daniel Radcliffe, read the book!

If you are interested copies of the book are available at our third floor service desk or call 630-685-4176. Hope to see you there!

— Christine

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish blog posts a new Top Ten list and invites its users to participate.  This week’s Top Ten is “Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations.”  I decided to split my list in half by Best and Worst.  Please note that this post in way reflects the views, opinions, etc. of Fountaindale Public Library.

BEST

1.  No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Coen have taken the violence and bleakness that permeates Cormac McCarthy’s crime novel and perfectly translated it into an unforgettable film.

2.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Who better to  adapt and direct The Perks of Being a Wallflower than the author himself?  A surprisingly powerful and moving film.

3.  Harry Potter series

There appears to be a kind of symbiotic relationship between the Harry Potter books and their movie counterparts, where one format adds something significant to the other, and has the potential of dramatically increasing the reader’s/viewer’s overall experience.  For instance, readers of the Harry Potter books will have more knowledge and back-story to appreciate better what the films are trying to portray, and moviegoers have the visuals of Hogwarts in the back of their minds to help transport them into the fictional world described in the books.

4.  Hugo

I always thought that Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret was begging to be made into a movie.  Thankfully, Martin Scorsese got his hands on this and turned it into a film masterpiece.

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5.  Sin City

Robert Rodriguez – with a little help from Quentin Tarantino and Frank Miller, himself – faithfully reproduced the high-contrast aesthetics and the hard-boiled mentality of the graphic novel.  Further, in many cases, it is possible to compare individual frames of the movie to panels in the graphic novel and notice how closely Rodriguez followed the source material.

WORST

                                

1.  How the Grinch Stole Christmas  The Cat in the Hat

Mentioning two titles at once may be cheating, but Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Bo Welch’s The Cat in the Hat are  guilty of taking beloved Dr. Seuss classics and turning them into obnoxious, asinine films.  Watching these have made me want nothing to do with Dr. Seuss ever again.

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2.  World War Z

Max Brooks’s World War Z is a marvelous and riveting horror novel with deep sociopolitical commentary and a format inspired by Studs Terkel’s The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two.   I was horrified to find that Marc Forster adapted this wonderful book into a silly action/horror movie starring Brad Pitt.

3.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I realize this may not be popular to say, but I honestly cannot think of a recent movie I’ve been more disappointed with than Peter Jackson’s first installment of The Hobbit trilogy.  I am a fan of both Tolkien’s books and Jackson’s films (including Dead Alive and The Lord of the Rings trilogy) so I naturally assumed that I would like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Nearly three hours in length, the film is tedious, uneventful, and self-indulgent.  It’s also painfully clear that Jackson’s decision to turn a 330-page children’s book into a trilogy of three-hour films is a blatant cash grab.  Stick with the 90-minute animated version from 1977 instead.  (Note: Despite everything I’ve said, I should admit that I will more than likely see the rest of Jackson’s Hobbit movies when they come to theaters.)

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4.  Alex Cross

Fans of James Patterson’s most famous character, Alex Cross, may want to stay clear of Rob Cohen’s film, as it manages to bungle up many well-known Alex Cross facts.

5.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Alan Moore has never liked movie adaptations of his work (e.g., V for Vendetta, Watchmen, From Hell, etc.), and while many of his fans may disagree with him on this point, nearly all agree that Stephen Norrington’s adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is rubbish.  The film bears little resemblance to its source material, even going so far as to add Tom Sawyer into an otherwise all-British “superhero” group of fictional literary characters.

– Zach

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim V. 1Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is coming to a theater near you! Who is Scott Pilgrim and why is he taking on the world you ask?

Scott Pilgrim is a typical 23 year old guy living in the big city in Canada with his roommate Wallace Wells. Scott plays bass in a garage band, he likes video games and he is “between jobs.”

Enter the new girl in town, Ramona Flowers. He meets her at a party, and falls for her immediately. But to win her heart, Ramona tells Scott that he has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Seven evil ex-boyfriends! Volume 6, the final book is due out July 20, 2010.

The popular and award-winning graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley have now become a major motion picture. The movie opens August 13, and is based on the first graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.” You can watch the trailer here:

There will also be a video game based upon the books and movie. The game is being developed by Ubisoft who has produced such games as Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia (also a movie), Splinter Cell, Resident Evil, and many more. The game is set to launch soon after the movie on August 25th. View the game trailer here:

The Fountaindale Public Library has all of the graphic novels. You can place a hold, or call us at 630-685-4176 and we can place the hold for you.

-Lynnette

Stephanie Plum – The Movie

Yes it is true! In the works is a movie based on Janet Evanovich’s enormously popular series starring Stephanie Plum. Several weeks ago, Janet Evanovich announced that Katherine Heigl will be starring in the new “One for the Money” movie.  Over the years, several actresses’ names have been linked to the movie, but Katherine Heigl has been announced as the one cast for the role of Stephanie Plum.

On Janet’s facebook page, she has a poll of which actor you would like to see cast as Sally Sweet. So far, Russell Brand is in the lead with 21% of the votes. While you are there, you can also vote on who should play the other characters in the books like Grandma Mazur, Ranger, Joe Morelli, Lula, and others.

New to the Stephanie Plum books and don’t know who’s who? I have compiled a list of the principle characters:

Stephanie Plum – Inept (but gutsy) bounty hunter, former lingerie buyer, and never gives up trying to capture the person she is after.

Joseph Morelli
– The bad boy your mother warned you about, now grown up to be a good cop, Stephanie’s first love.

Grandma Mazur – Stephanie’s ancient, yet spry grandmother. Fascinated by weapons, adventure, spandex, attending wakes, and younger men.

Frank Plum – Stephanie’s father, often the victim of Grandma Mazur’s fascination with weapons.

Helen Plum – Stephanie’s long-suffering mother, she can’t figure out why Stephanie can’t seem to live a normal life.

Joyce Barnhardt – Home wrecker who slept with Stephanie’s (now ex) husband.

Rex
– Stephanie’s hamster. Trusted companion and confidant.

Vincent “Vinnie” Plum
– Stephanie’s sleazy cousin, who runs Vincent Plum Bail Bonding Company. Rumored to enjoy goats (too much).

Connie Rosolli
– Vinnie’s receptionist. Quintessential Italian Jersey girl.

Ranger
– Bounty hunter extraordinaire. Trusts very few people and man of a few words, Ranger is always coming to Stephanie’s rescue.

Valerie – Stephanie’s perfect sister.

Lula
– Heavyweight prostitute, fond of fast food, animal prints, loud colors, and spandex (what little of it she wears).

If this sounds like the kind of fun and quirky mystery that you would like to read, come to the Fountaindale Public Library and check them out today!  Place a hold (or call us at 630-759-2102 Ext. 4203) if the books are not in. They are available in regular and large print.

– Julie

Book to Film adaptions and Push

In the recent months, I’ve read books that have been adapted to film.  I don’t normally do this because I end up enjoying the book more than the movie.   It seems like book  to movie adaptions have been popular lately.  Let’s see there was the Reader, Revolutionary Road, Angels and Demons, the Time Traveler’s Wife,  My Sister’s Keeper…I could go on.

I picked up Push by Sapphire last week not because I was necessarily interested but I saw a commercial for the film version, renamed Precious and noticed that Mariah Carey was going to be in it.  Really?  Did she not learn from her experience in Glitter?  Anyway, I started reading and was surprisingly sucked in.

Nothing about the plot is pretty.  In fact, it’s harsh and sometimes hard to read.  Precious, the main character is 16 years-old, illiterate and pregnant…with her 2nd child.  Did I mention that the father of these children is her own father?  While she struggles to recover from the rape, incest and abuse from her mother, she is determined to earn her GED and make a life for herself and her kids.

I think what attracts the reader her is Sapphire’s unique writing style.  Through Precious, Sapphire is able to tell a story through the eyes of a young teen who cannot read and often misspells words and sounds.  She does it so cleverly that the reader is not confused but instead wants to continue and follow Precious’ journey with her.

I would definitely recommend this book.  But keep in mind, this by no means is a gentle read.  So, if you’re looking for a compelling and gritty coming of age story, definitely pick up a copy.

Or you can watch the movie which is now in theaters and has earned 3 golden globe nominations. 

Maureen G.