Let’s take a look at the literary works hitting the big screen in January. We’ll see a little for everyone in a wide range of films so if you think some of these will be of interest to you, be sure to stop by your Abilene Public Library and checkout the book before you see the movie.
January 13th: Disney will re-release the children’s classic Beauty & the Beast, and this time, you can see it in 3D. This film is a retelling of the traditional French fairytale, La Belle et la Bête, and it’s adapted from the best-known version of the tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont in 1756. Of its many adaptations, Disney’s 1991 release won Academy Awards for Best Song and Best Original Score, became the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, and it was one of only two animated films included in AFI’s 100 years list of the 100 greatest love stories of all time. Your Abilene Public Library contains plenty of its variants so check them out and share them with your children before seeing it in 3D. Plus, we also carry the original 1991 classic at both our Main Library & Mockingbird Branch.
January 20th: Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock will star in a new film titled Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. The novel tells the story of a young boy, who loses his father in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Dying in the collapse in the south tower of the World Trade Center, the son goes on a journey through New York to find a lock-box to which his dad left him the key. The novel was first published in 2005, by Foer, who is also best known for 2002’s Everything is Illuminated, also adapted to film in 2005 starring Elijah Wood. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is his second novel with copies available at your Abilene Public Library, as well as Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library.
January 27th: Janet Evanovich’s hugely successful Stephanie Plum series is hitting the big screen with the release of One for the Money, starring Katherine Heigl in the lead role. This action comedy will tell the story of Stephanie who takes a job as a completely inexperienced bounty hunter to make ends meet. While tracking down bail jumpers, she takes the job of tracking down Joe Morelli, a former cop who’s wanted for murder, and happens to be Stephanie’s old high school flame. The novel was published in 1994 and helped to make Evanovich a household name. Over the years, 17 sequels have been added, including the release of the latest titled Explosive Eighteen. Look for this entire series at your Abilene Public Library, as we own them in print form, audiobook CD and digital copies in e-Book and audio form for select titles via OverDrive.
Take advantage of reading the books before you see the movies by checking them out from your Abilene Public Library. I’m sure we’ll hear from many patrons in the near future just how much these films measured up to the books.