To follow on from last week’s post about books making the transition to film in late 2014 here’s a few further titles coming to the big screen.
The Hunger Games has become a phenomena (and money spinner), based on Suzanne Collins’ saga set in the dystopian future of totalitarian Panem. Katniss Everdeen is now the reluctant hero of the revolution against the Capital. The film’s production team have followed the style of Harry Potter and Twilight franchises by splitting the final novel into two films. Mockingjay Part 1 is due for release November 20, with the second film slated for release in late 2015.
There’s a couple for the kids coming too. Paddington, the ageless classic series by Michael Bond, featuring the Peruvian teddy bear lost in urban London will hit screens in a CGI & live action film on December 11. It stars the new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, with Paddington’s voice supplied by Ben Whishaw. Judith Viort’s Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day has been produced by Disney and starring Steve Carrell. Alexander’s bad day begins with gum in his hair, and progressively gets worse by the time he gets to bed he’s fed up and wants to move to Timbuktu. Look out for this one in mid October.
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner is another 2009 novel, this time a young adult sci-fi about Thomas who wakes up in ‘The Glade’ with no memory and must find his way through a maze picking up clues along the way. The book spawned two sequels and a prequel. The film is released on September 18.
Finally the infamous graphic novel series by Frank Miller, Sin City will see a sequel to 2005’s film released called Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Loosely based on some of the Sin City stories, this film reunites Marv, Hartigan, Nancy and crew for another artistic noir outing which is sure to become a cult classic.
There are loads more books being made into film this year and the list for 2015 is already pretty long. What are you most looking forward to, or what titles do you think I should have included in this list?
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Tagged books-to-film, bookstofilm, Frank Miller, James Dashner, Michael Bond, Mockingjay, Paddington, Sin City, Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner
In celebration of the Mythbusters tour of Australia this week, we thought we’d put to the test one of the simple experiments featured on the show. Back in 2008 the Mythbusters team demonstrated the power of friction using a couple of phone books. We set up our own version with a pair of debited books.
1. We grabbed a pair of debited books destined for recycling, enabling them to contribute to library science one more time prior to retirement.
2. Placing them next to each other, we interfiled the pages by fanning, similar to shuffling a deck of cards.
3. We ensured every page, or close to every page, was interfiled.
4. The books are totally interfiled. You can already feel the power of science radiating from them.
5. Benjamin and Hannah each grabbed a book by the spine.
6. Check out the tug-of-war that ensues:
So what’s actually happening here?
Pages of books are not perfectly smooth, like all surfaces there are minute imperfections. Rubbing two surfaces together produces friction due to these tiny imperfections. In this case we are demonstrating static friction, which causes two bodies resistant to sliding past each other. A pair of single pages will not generate much friction at all, however the combined total of hundreds of pages interlocked will create huge amounts of friction. The books are impossible to pull apart!
If you want to see the Mythbusters version they used two phone books, which produced so much friction they could tow a car with it!
Looking back through Messenger newspaper for this time in 1969, one may have expected to come across some stories about the Moon Landing, but it appears that the brand new St Agnes Shopping Centre was the highlight for our area! Featuring a special 40 page lift-out advertising Adelaide’s Newest Fully Air Conditioned Shopping Centre. The Centre was described as a New concept in local shopping housing a large Coles New World supermarket, post office, newsagent, dentist, doctor’s office, Commonwealth Bank, men’s hair dresser and 25 specialty shops and the exterior was complete with a special ‘rocket’ motif that represented the progress of the 1960s.
Now, 45 years later the St Agnes Shopping Centre is about to undergo a major renovation. It is interesting to note that Coles, the post office, Commonwealth Bank, newsagent, hairdresser, and even the ‘buff coloured terrazzo floor’ are still there. Alas, the rocket has long gone.
The North East Leader, St. Agnes Shopping Centre supplement Tuesday July 15, 1969
The Local Hisotry Service has a copy of every Leader Messenger released, look out for future past stories to surface in Off The Shelf.
2014 is shaping up to be a huge year for books that have transitioned to film. In January I wrote about a few that were due early in the piece, most have since been released, but there’s still over 20 more that are scheduled for the next few months.
Arguably the most popularly awaited is the final installment of the adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, titled The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Acclaimed director Peter Jackson’s expanded story is bound to culminate in some fantastic imagery and character fun, it’s grown much larger and somewhat darker than the children’s book upon which it was based. It’ll be interesting to see if any further fan service occurs in the form of LOTR characters who appear who are not actually present in the book. The changes made by Jackson and his crew usually do add value however, and it should be an action packed and emotional finale. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies is due for release on December 26.
Gillian Flynn has had a massive year, with both of her popular books Dark Places (2009) and Gone Girl (2012) due for release in coming months. Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks star in Dark Places, the 1980’s set story about the survivor of a massacre in a small US rural town, thought to be perpetrated by a Satanic cult. The bestseller Gone Girl, about a dysfunctional family, narrated by unreliable accounts is due for release on October 2 starring Ben Affleck and Rosamunde Pike.
Another 2009 novel to hit the big screen is Gaye Forman’s If I Stay, a young adult novel that deals with some difficult themes. The main character Mia, played by Chloe Grace Mortiz (a significant change from her previous character of Hit Girl!) is comatose after a near fatal accident, reliving her life and possible future life depending on whether she chooses to live or to let go. If I Stay is due out in a couple of weeks on August 28.
Stay tuned for more books-to-film next week!
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Tagged books-to-film, Dark Places, film, Gaye Forman, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, If I Stay, JRR Tolkien, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit
To be in the running to win one of two new iPad Minis, simply take a pic of yourself of reading with your child (under 12) during The Reading Hour on Tuesday 19 August 6-7pm and post it on the Libraries SA Facebook page for a chance to win!
The Reading Hour kicks off Tuesday August 19th 6pm-7pm when people from all over Australia will simultaneously read with their children.
To enter the competition to win one of two iPad Minis, follow the THREE steps below:
1) Take a photo of yourself reading with your child (aged under 12) on Tuesday August 19th 2014 between 6pm-7pm
2) Visit www.facebook.com/LibrariesSA and upload your photo to this Facebook page. To do this, look for the words ‘Write post’ (using a mobile device) or ‘Write something’ (using a PC). See image below to help guide you. Your photo must be submitted by 10am Tuesday August 26th 2014
3) Provide your contact details via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RHSA2014 We only need these details and you will be contacted if you are a winner.
A photo album will be created of all entries submitted and Facebook users will be asked to vote on their favourite photos.
For the full list of terms and conditions, please follow the link below: http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=518