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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. October 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
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If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming this October :

A close up of the face of a man wearing a space suit helmet. Movie poster.

After a catastrophic windstorm forces the rest of his team to hastily abandon their Mars landing site, botanist Mark Watney finds himself alone on a distant planet.  Using his mechanical engineering skills and profound resourcefulness, Mark does everything he can to survive until a rescue attempt can be made. At once laugh out loud funny and nail bitingly tense, The Martian by Andy Weir is an exceedingly believable science fiction tour de force.  

Learn more about the story and watch the official trailer here


Release Date - October 2, 2015



An aerial shot of a man holding a balancing stick walking on a tight rope between the Twin Tower buildings in New York City. Movie Poster.From the moment high wire artist Phillip Petit saw a picture of the Twin Towers in New York City, he dreamed of walking between them. But such a feat was not only highly dangerous but illegal. To Reach the Clouds (being released cinematically as The Walk) is the true and riveting story of the Frenchman who risked life, limb and liberty to fulfill his dream.   

Watch the trailer and see images from the film here



Release Date - October 9, 2015



A black and white shot of a forest. Movie poster. When soldiers invaded his village, young Agu was taken by the rebel fighters. Coerced into joining the men who killed his father and destroyed his village, Agu survived years of forced killings, drug use and sexual abuse.  When an opportunity to escape presented itself, he fled and found his way to a missionary shelter. Now Agu wants to leave everything behind him and atone for his sins. But his traumatic past may stand in the way of a bright future. Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala is a striking and difficult tale of the power of forgiveness and faith. 

See the trailer here and watch the film on Netflix when it is released

Release Date - October 16, 2015



Three people stand in the center while scary creatures of all sorts surround them. Movie poster. Inspired by the works of everyone's favorite childhood scary author, the Goosebumps film references many of the Goosebumps series storylines as R.L. Stine's daughter tries to prevent hordes of Stine's imagined monsters from destroying a small town.

See the offical trailer, learn more about the story and play games based on the film here




Release Date - October 16, 2015



A woman holds a young boy in a room whose walls are painted to look like a cloudy sky. Movie poster.

To Jack, the Room is his school, his home, his playground. It is all he has ever known. But for his mother, the Room is a jail cell. Held against her will for seven years by the mysterious Old Nick, Jack's mother knows time is running out to keep Jack in ignorance of the true nature of his world and of her own desperate need to escape it. Room by Emma Donoghue is a powerful and painful look at the innocence of childhood in the face of monstrous circumstances. 

Learn about the cast and crew, read a note from the author and watch the trailer here

Release Date - October 16, 2015



In 2004, television producer Mary Mapes worked with preemminent news anchor Dan Rather on a 60 Minutes segment that discussed then president George W. Bush's military service. What resulted was an intense controversy that severely affected the careers of these award winning journalists.Truth and  Duty: the press, the president, and the privilege of power by Mary Mapes is the true story of the power of a single news story. 

Check out the film's offical tumblr page here


Release Date - October 16, 2015



A man in stands in profile in deep thought. Movie poster.

The story of the techonological visionary and his mercurial success. In Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson offers a frank look at the man behind some of the 20th and 21st centuries most iconic innovations. 


Learn more about the story, cast and crew here




Release Date - October 23, 2015




Stay tuned to see what other great books are headed for the silver screen