Category Archives: Seen on Screen

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666 Park Avenue

Aussie actress Rachael Taylor stars in 666 Park Avenue, Fox’s new TV series based on the novels 666 Park Avenue and Dark Glamour by Gabriella Pierce.

It’s going to be thrilling – Jane is living a fairy tale in New York City, offered the chance to manage the esteemed 666 Park Avenue building and meeting elite New York socialites… who happen to be witches and demons all living in a haunted apartment building!

Obviously some artistic licence has been taken in the adaptation, so it will be cool to map the changes between the books and show when it starts next week. Till then, you can watch the trailer below!

 

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The Bourne Legacy

In cinemas is the thrilling continuation of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne Trilogy, The Bourne Legacy. While the series was originally created by Robert Ludlum, featuring the handsome and lethal spy, Jason Bourne, the books were continued after Ludlum’s death in 2001. The Bourne Legacy is based on the first of these additional novels, written by Eric Van Lustbader.

 

Bourne Books written by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity The Bourne Supremacy The Bourne Ultimatum
Bourne Identity Bourne Supremacy Bourne Ultimatum

 

Bourne Books written by Eric Van Lustbader

The Bourne Legacy The Bourne Betrayal The Bourne Sanction The Bourne Deception
Bourne Legacy Bourne Betrayal Bourne Sanction Bourne Deception
The Bourne Objective The Bourne Dominion The Bourne Imperative  
Bourne Objective Bourne Dominion Bourne Imperative
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From Screen to Print

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreMost of the adapations we talk about in the book world are when a book is made into a film – this time it is a film that has been made into a book.

The book is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, and is  and is inspired by the Academy Award-Winning short film of the same name.

It’s a beautiful book that anyone, child or adult, who loves book will love, and may just inspire those who aren’t big book fans to like them just a little bit more …

To inspire you all here is a trailer for the short film:

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A Dance with Paperback Dragons

If you are the fan or collector of a series the size of the book matters. A colleague and I have recently done a ‘dance with paperback dragons’ with the release of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book 5 – A Dance with Dragons in paperback.

The issue: Christmas 2011 two box sets of books 1-5 were released, and while the boxset slipcase looks different the books on the inside look the same:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book 5 in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance with Dragons wasn’t included in the boxsets as it was only released in July 2011 and available only as a hardcover.

It has now been released as in paperback – which is where the confusion starts. Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, as you can see in the picture you can get  A Dance with Dragons  as a single volume paperback, or, you can get it split into two volumes – A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust, and A Dance with Dragons II: After the Feast.

Confused about which A Dance with Dragons you need to match the box set you have? Here’s your answer:

For those of you who got the box set with the black slipcase (9780007450664, now unavailable)  you need A Dance with Dragons in a single volume paperback.

If you have the blue slipcase (9780007448050)  you need the two volumes: A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust, and A Dance with Dragons II: After the Feast.

If you don’t have either of the above box sets, but want one there are two choices for books 1-5:

A Song of Ice and Fire, books 1-5 published in 6 books

A Song of Ice and Fire, books 1 – 5 published in 7 books 

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Fifty Shades on Screen

If you don’t want to read Fifty Shades of Grey you can wait a bit longer for the movie to come out – that’s right it is being made into a film.

E.L. James has apparently selected two of the producers of The Social Network to bring her work to screen.

Who will be playing the lead roles?

That’s still to be announced.

Surely Kristen Stewart is at the top of the list for Anastasia Steele following her interpretation-in-3-looks of Bella Swan…

As for Christian Grey, Dr Faye Skelton from University of Central Lancashire has come up with a composite picture of what Mr Grey would look like.

Hollywood.com have taken the grey Mr Grey and suggested some actor matches – a list that includes Chris Evans and Jonathan Taylor Thomas (I wonder if he kept any props from the set of Home Improvement…)

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?

Who do you think should be cast in the lead roles – let us know in the comments.

Breaking Dawn

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

It’s here.

It being the trailer to the new movie Breaking Dawn Part 2. The second part of the book Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer and the last of the book related movies.

I know that The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner hasn’t been made into a movie, and, having read it, I really hope they never try to make it into one!

Mentioning this in conversation with some friends it sparked, as it always seems too, a heated discussion about the books and films, which got me thinking about how many different types of fans there are, and googling it brings back a lot of results (some which will make me laugh).

  •  The FANS – love the books, love the movie, and sleep in a Twilight “Team” shirt.
  • The it wasn’t that bad – these are the people who’ve read the book and took it for what it was a teen-fiction with vampires and werewolves, a bit of romance, a lot more sexual tension and a heap of teen angst.
  • The haters – hate the book (mostly Bella) and therefore refuse to see the movie.
  • and the It was a book?ers – these are the people who have seen the movies but never read the books (this group will be the people most excited for the new movie as they don’t know what’s going to happen …)
So for everyone other than the haters here’s the just released film trailer for you.

And now for the FANs here are the different Breaking Dawn editions:

Film-Tie-In Hardcover Paperback ebook Audio Book
Breaking Dawn Film Tie In Breaking Dawn Hardcover Breaking Dawn Paperback Breaking Dawn ebook Breaking Dawn Audio Book
The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

I’ll put my hand up and admit that when I started in the world of books I used to pretend that I had read some of the “that’s a classic” books when I hadn’t. 

I did it because I had this perception that to be a good bookseller you had to have literary cred.

Since then I’ve realised that you don’t have to have read it, but at least heard of it.

Now,  if I haven’t read that “classic” I admit it.

Currently in my TBR pile are the “classics” Moby Dick and To Kill a Mockingbird and there are even more that haven’t even made it to TBR stage, which brings me back to the point of this post – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

It ended up in TBR pile as a 3-for-2 deal with the other two classics because I watched the movie Easy A.

Set in the puritan state mid-seventeen century Boston The Scarlet Letter is the (cautionary) tale of Hester Prynne. Hester has committed the sin of adultery, her penance, to wear her shame in the form of the letter A embroidered on her chest.  Hester suffers on her own, refusing to name her co-sinner, and father of daughter Pearl. Throw in the minister Arthur Dimmesdale, a man of medical science  Roger Chillingworth, religious rules, a hint of mystery and witchcraft and a lot of  guilt and you have the rest of the story.

I had a real issue last year re-reading Great Expectations (yes, that was a classic I had read) and actually stopped reading it (a first for me), and, if The Scarlet Letter had been longer I would have stopped reading it. I wasn’t attached to any of the characters. – I admired Hester and her ability to keep quiet about such a big thing, to take all punishment and stigma attached to it and only get outraged on the prospect of loosing her daughter, but at the same time I want to shake her and say ‘what the?!’ …  Everything was flat and matter of fact without much emotion to it … I guess given when it was set that is the way of it.

So in summary, I’m indifferent to The Scarlet Letter – not glad to have read it, but not upset enough about it to hate it. The “Seen on Screen” connection is a little thin, but, if I were choosing between re-reading or re-watching I’d be getting the popcorn out.

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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

I admit it, I wasn’t keen to read George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1 when one of my fantasy loving friends raved about it and another totally canned it, so watching the HBO TV series seemed like a good compromise.

I watched the first episode and was addicted straight away (I only watched half the season in one sitting). The show did make me want to read the books, and once I got over the fact that the first one is 780 pages and the sheer size of the series means a fairly big commitment I delved on in … and I loved it.

Sure there are some things that make you go hmmm (and I’m not talking C&C Music Factory hmmm, I mean hmmm – really? that’s happening?), the world that Martin has created, the families, the kingdoms, the history with the feuds and wars, are fantastic and detailed. There are characters to love and quite a number to loathe. Add in the Others and the fact that winter is coming and you have this epic series start.

(It turns out that the friend who canned it loved the TV series, and it seems is more of a sci-fi fantasy fan rather than a fan of epic fantasy)

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We Need to Talk About Kevin


We Need to Talk About Kevin
When a social outcast shoots and kills several of his classmates, who is really to blame? With the new film starring Tilda Swinton coming out soon, there is bound to be a renewed interest in Lionel Shriver’s 2005 Orange Prize winning novel,

Eva writes letters to her absent husband and recounts their lives from the moment they met to the tragic day that their son committed an unforgivable crime. The questions that her letters raise are both powerful and profound; she asks herself Was I really ready to be a mother? When Kevin was born, why didn’t I feel that instant bond with my son that I should have? Was it my fault all along? Her letters deal with themes of innate evil, sibling rivalry and some uncomfortable truths about motherhood.

At times I found it hard to continue reading Eva’s story out of sheer frustration, as she would sooner worry and complain than stand up for herself. If you feel the same while reading this book, I cannot stress enough that it is worth sticking with for the amazing ending!

This is a great novel for customers looking for topical fiction that deals with some deeper themes. I also highly recommend it as a text for book clubs (an older edition even includes some questions for guidance) due to the different perspectives that readers will have when approaching this subject.

Guest Blogger – Emma.