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Spoil the Movie! Read the Book First!

Movie adaptations of popular books have become so popular that sometimes moviegoers aren’t even aware that the movies they love are taken from amazing books. Here are just a few books that have movie adaptations being released this year. Trust us, you’ll want to read these first. Click on each title below to see the trailer for these upcoming films.

Paper Towns by John Green


In theaters July 24, 2015

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner


In theaters September 18, 2015

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

The Martian by Andy Weir


In theaters October 2, 2015

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Mockingjay Pt 2 by Suzanne Collins


In theaters November 20, 2015

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead.”

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Though she’s long been a part of the revolution, Katniss hasn’t known it. Now it seems that everyone has had a hand in the carefully laid plans but her.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay – no matter what the cost.

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Posted in Announcements, Music, Sheet Music & Accessories

‘The Hunger Games’ is here!!!

Hey guys! Great news! We have recently acquired the greatly-anticipated Hunger Games piano solo music! It includes pieces such as “Reaping Day” and “The Countdown”, and other fabulous music from your favorite moments in the movie. It is available right now in our Music Department, so head on over and get your copy before it’s gone!

We will be getting the Piano/Vocal/Guitar version of the book in a few weeks. So check back with us for that too!

-Aubrey

Posted in Books, Children's/YA Books

If You Liked the Hunger Games and Books On A Dystopian Future

…Try these books!

The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: In a not-too-distant world where third children are forbidden, a secret underground force made up of these “shadow children” fights for their place in society- and their lives.

Matched by Ally Condie: Cassia is fine with having everything chosen for her by the Society Officials, until she finds out a mistake in the system that shows her Match as someone different than before.

Possession by Elana Johnson: Another Utah author has done it again. While I’m a bit wary of Possession‘s similarities to Matched, I’ve heard nothing but good reviews. Why not give it a try?

The Alliance by Gerald Lund: In post-nuclear holocaust America, things are different from before. A new society, the Alliance, has arisen, and it seems like a pretty good deal to the scattered survivors because crime has been virtually eliminated. Literally. When Eric’s small band of survivors gets taken to the Alliance, he discovers those in charge embed a microchip in everyone’s brain to control emotion.

The Giver (and its sequels) by Lois Lowry

Uglies (and its sequels) by Scott Westerfield

The City of Ember (and its sequels) by Jeanne DuPrau

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Chicago society is divided into five factions that favor a particular virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior makes a choice to align herself with one of them; the only problem is that she is different from everyone else. This book has been criticized for not being a true dystopian society book, but if you want to be greatly entertained and enjoy dystopian elements, you’ll like it.

The Maze Runner (and its sequel) by James Dashner

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix: An older, less remembered novel of Haddix’s, Running Out of Time is not exactly dystopian, but a chilling idea of shattered reality. Jessie, 13, believes she lives in 1840, until a diptheria epidemic strikes the children in the little village she has lived in all her life, Jessie’s mother reveals the truth that it is, in fact, the 1990s, and Jessie lives in a sort of living history experiment. Jessie’s new mission is to break out, eluding the unethical people who run the facility, and find help for her community before it’s too late for the children. On her way she has to elude the people who want to keep the epidemic quiet and navigate the fast-paced 20th century.

Posted in Books, Children's/YA Books

More On the Hunger Games Movie

It’s been awhile, but we’ve finally got more information about the film version of the Hunger Games, set to release March 23, 2012.

Meet Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who takes her 12-year-old sister’s place in the Hunger Games. The story is set in the future, where North America is now the nation of Panem, divided into 12 outlying districts surrounding the privileged Capitol. The Hunger Games are reality TV gone crazy. In order to keep the districts under control, each one is forced to send a boy and a girl, ages 12-18, to the Hunger Games every year in a fight to the death.

Meet Gail and Peeta, played by Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, respectively. What an interesting look they both have on their faces.

Also in the casting lineup is Woody Harrelson, playing Haymitch (perfect!), and Amandla Stenberg as Rue. I for one am excited to see how she does Rue’s character. I chuckled a bit when I found out Donald Sutherland will be President Snow–who better–and Lenny Kravitz is Cinna.

The rest of the cast is listed on IMDB’s website. What do you think of the casting? Will you go see the movie, or are you too afraid they’ll ruin it? As for me, I’ll see it, but I don’t expect the filmmakers to do it justice.

-Lis

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Hunger Games cast speculations

When I started working at the General Books desk, I made the mistake of asking one day, “What’s the Hunger Games?” –It  earned me some really weird looks. Being a self-described book lover, I guess it is kind of shocking that it took me so long to figure that one out. But I’ve repented. This winter I borrowed the first book in the trilogy from my roommate and stayed up all night long reading. I could not get enough of the drama.

And now, of course, the best-seller is being made into a movie. The question being asked by all of Suzanne Collins’ fans is who will play whom. There is always a “battle to the death” by bloggers and fan sites over who they think should be cast as a beloved (or much hated) character when books get made into movies. Well, on March 17 it was finally revealed who will play the heroine Katniss Everdeen: 20-year old Jennifer Lawrence. She’s starred in two films that won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival:  “Winter’s Bone” in 2010 and “Like Crazy” in 2011. Not bad. Time will only tell if she is suited for the role of Katniss. At the moment, the sentiment is kind of iffy, since she doesn’t quite fit the physical description Collins gives for Katniss in the book. I’ve never seen any of her movies, but apparently her role in “Winter’s Bone” was pretty intense, and she’ll need that as she plays a teenager in a battle-to-the-death twisted form of the Olympics in a post apocalyptic United States.

As for who will play Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ hunting partner and friend from back home, and Peeta Mellark, the fake/notsofake love interest in the games–the speculations go on. The frontrunners seem to be Liam Hemsworth (“The Last Song”) for Gale and Josh Hutcherson (“The Kids Are Alright”) for Peeta. When will they be announced? I’m dying to know!

-Lis. (your resident book-lover.)