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Books into Movies

For many years, Hollywood has been optioning acclaimed or popular novels and turning them into movies. Reading a book and then seeing the movie (or seeing the movie and then reading the book) can raise an interesting debate:  which was better—the book or the movie?  One can also see how the book and movie differ. Were characters or specific plots points changed? Did these changes enhance or damage your enjoyment of the story?

Below are several books that are in various stages of being made into movies. Some will be released soon while others are only in the early stages of development. Click the title or book cover to go to the catalog record for the book.

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The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
Movie Starring: Jeff Bridges

Marina Thwaite, Danielle Minkoff and Julian Clarke were buddies at Brown, certain that they would soon do something important in the world. But as all near 30, Danielle is struggling as a TV documentary maker, and Julius is barely surviving financially as a freelance critic. Marina, the startlingly beautiful daughter of celebrated social activist, journalist and hob-nobber Murray Thwaite, is living with her parents on the Upper West Side, unable to finish her book-titled The Emperor's Children Have No Clothes. Two arrivals upset the group. (summary provided by Publisher's Weekly)

The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Movie Starring: Idris Elba & Matthew McConaughey

The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King's most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.(summary provided by publisher)

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Movie Starring: Johnny Depp & Judi Dench

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again. (summary provided by publisher)

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Movie Starring: Michael Fassbender

Norwegian detective Harry Hole is in a quandary-he's an expert on serial killers in a country that prides itself on not having any. Yet women are being murdered on the day of the first snowfall, their bodies enmeshed with or guarded by eerily watchful snowmen. Hole has to convince his peers that the murders are the work of a serial killer, so he tracks The Snowman. But soon questions arise-who is stalking whom? And for what purpose? (summary provided by Library Journal)

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Movie Starring: Kate Winslet & Idris Elba

On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. (summary provided by publisher).

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Movie Directed by Steven Spielberg

In a bleak but easily imagined 2044, Wade Watts, an impoverished high school student who calls a vertically stacked trailer park home, lives primarily online, alongside billions of others, via a massive online game, OASIS, where players race to unravel the puzzles OASIS creator James Halliday built into the game before his death, with the winner taking control of the virtual world's parent company, as well as staggering wealth. When Wade stumbles on a clue, he's plunged into high-stakes conflict with a corporation dedicated to unraveling Halliday's riddles, which draw from Dungeons and Dragons, old Atari video games, the cinematic computer hacker ode War Games, and that wellspring of geek humor, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (summary provided by Publisher's Weekly)