by Ashley Harrod, Cashmere Library & Tommie McPhetridge, Moses Lake Library
If you love watching your favorite books come to life on the big screen, check out some of these book-to-movie adaptations from the past year! All titles are available in both print and film formats at NCWLibraries.org.Where the movie title differs from the title of the book, the movie title is also included.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
In this biography, attorney Bryan Stevenson sets out to Alabama to fight legal battles for people who cannot afford proper representation. Along the way, he meets people who change his life, namely Walter Macmillan, who was wrongly convicted of murder three years earlier.
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Movie: Dolittle)
The movie Dolittle is a fresh take on Hugh Lofting’s popular novel, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, in which Doctor Dolittle is a highly unusual doctor, a veterinarian of sorts, who just so happens to speak with animals. Tommy Stubbins is a young boy, who upon an unfortunate accident, is led to Doctor Dolittle to help heal a red squirrel. The two become tasked with finding a cure for the Queen of England, but with talking animals, wicked mysteries, and fantastic adventures, life is truly not what it had seemed!
The Turn of the Screw by by Henry James (Movie: The Turning)
This novel follows a reading of a manuscript, provided by a long dead governess that Douglas, a friend of the narrator, used to know. The manuscript tells the tale of Miles and Flora and their governess, Mrs. Grose. What starts as a fairly traditional English summer story soon becomes infested with mystery and the supernatural -with an ending that not many will expect.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Once a domestic city dog, in this adventure novel, Buck finds himself traveling to the wide open ranges of the Alaskan Yukon for the adventure of a lifetime. Now a part of a mail-delivery team in the freezing tundra, Buck learns to find his place in the world even after his whole life is uprooted.
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
In this novel, a stranger named Griffin blows into an English village on a blustery night, unfriendly and introverted. Angry at the greedy nature of the townspeople, Griffin reveals that he is in fact, invisible. What starts as a night searching for shelter soon becomes an escape mission, complete with guns, secrets, and death. How far will Griffin go to keep his secret and begin his reign of terror?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden is a beloved classic novel of childhood and self-discovery. Mary is a spoiled sickly child who soon becomes an orphan amidst a cholera epidemic that ravages the English countryside. Now left alone to a distant uncle and his sprawling mansion, Mary finds herself enraptured by a secret locked garden on his grounds. Meeting new friends and attempting to solve the mystery of the secret garden, Mary looks for a key and instead finds kindness and friendship along the way.
Emma by Jane Austen
Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma comes to life on the big screen, adapted to show the English novel in a new light. Full of regency woes, romantic misunderstandings, and the willful actions of youth, this book and movie are sure to capture lovers of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice alike.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep is the sequel to the critically acclaimed novel, The Shining. Following the events of The Shining, young Danny (Dan), now a traumatized adult, continues to be haunted by ghosts and the paranormal. Abra, a young girl who begins psychically witnessing murders by an occult group, is drawn to Dan, and the two work together to put an end to the cult group.
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
For fans of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Million Little Pieces features James Frey and his attempt at rehabilitation. After years of being addicted to drugs, James decides that he will try to quit his addiction, checking himself into a rehab center. There, he meets many people who help turn the tides of his life, including a mafia boss and the lovely Lily. The connections he makes go far past his time in the center, and the people he meets help him fight relapses on his road to recovery.
After We Collided by Anna Todd
A tragic story of breakups, lost love, and rebounds, After We Collided follows the twisted romance between Tessa and Hardin right after they have broken up their relationship. Starting new jobs and attempting new relationships prove fruitless for the two, as they are constantly drawn back to each other, despite the resentment that now lies between them.
If you love a good movie night, you might want to try one of NCW Libraries’ NEW Binge Boxes – a collection of 4-6 DVDs focused on a movie night theme! While these movies are not always based on books, we know you’ll still find a movie (or 5!) to enjoy! Click here to see a list of our current Binge Boxes.