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Jun 30

Staff Picks - Books Made Into Films

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 10:31 AM by Bobbie Clark

Dear Reader,   

How do you feel when you hear your favorite novel is being made into a movie?  
Do you look forward to seeing it in the theatre, or do you inwardly cringe and cry, “No! They [the producer & director] are going to ruin it!”? 

And how often have you heard not to see a film unless you’ve first read the book because, “The book is sooo much better,”? 

 Here are a few LCL staffers favorite novels which were subsequently made into films—staff are recommending the books, by the way, not necessarily the films. See which ones you’ve read and/or seen. Which is better and why?  
Tell us in the comments at the end. 

  

Heather recommends . . . 

Films 1           Film 2 

 

The Hate U Give 

By Angie Thomas 

What happens to the bystanders who witness acts of police brutality? 

Find it in the library catalog  HERE 

Also available through digital media sources: 

Axis 360   HERE 

MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

    

 

Jill recommends . . . 

Film 3          Film 4 

 

True Grit 

Charles Portis 

Wild romp of a tale with great characters and clever dialogue.  
Bonus: young female protagonist! 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available through digital media sources:   

MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

Hoopla HERE 

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read information on True Grit HERE 

 

 

Bretagne recommends . . . 

Film 5      Film 6  

 

The Color Purple 

By Alice Walker 

A classic that will break your heart and also warm it in so many different ways. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available through digital media sources:   

MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

Hoopla HERE 

 

  

Film 7       Film 9 

 

Fight Club 

By Chuck Palahniuk 

Chuck Palahniuk's debut novel that will start you thinking about  
things long after you are done with the book. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE  

DVD HERE 

Also available through digital media sources:   

Graphic novels and more by Palahniuk on Hoopla HERE 

  

  

Kristin recommends . . . 

   Film 10       Film 11 

      

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

By Lewis Carroll 

Whimsy, ridiculousness, portmanteaus, the grin before the cat...  
This book has it all. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available through digital media sources:   

MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

Hoopla HERE 

 

Film 12         Film 13 

  

The Princess Bride 

By William Goldman 

It's inconceivable that you've never read this book. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available through digital media sources:   

MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

Hoopla HERE 

 

  

John recommends . . . 

Film 14         Film 15 

 

The World According to Garp 

By John Irving 

This is the book that I most often return to. I have read this book every other year since I was a teenager. I use this book as a measure of my own adulthood. It is a wonderful story about writing, writers, readers, and reading. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE     

  

 

Trish recommends . . .  

Film 16      Film 17 

 

Ready Player One 

Ernest Cline 

Who knew the 80's were so cool? Cultural references notwithstanding,  
this dystopian future novel keeps you on the edge of your haptic seat to the end! 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available through digital media sources:   

Axis 360 HERE 

MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

 

  

Beth recommends . . . 

Film 18         Film 19 

 

The Joy Luck Club 

By Amy Tan 

The Chinese American stories in this book delve deeply into mother-daughter relationships. Even if you’ve already seen the movie, you simply must read this incomparable novel by Amy Tan.   

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

 Movie version available through Hoopla HERE 

National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read information on The Joy Luck Club  HERE 

  

Film 20          Film 21 

Bridge to Terabithia 

By Katherine Paterson 

I had to read this book in college for a children’s literature class. A tender story about friendship, fitting in (or not), creativity, and loss. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Also available through digital media sources:   

MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

Hoopla HERE 



 

  

  

  

 

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