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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. May 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 May :

A man and a woman embrace in a forest

One of Hardy's most popular novels, Far From the Madding Crowd is the tale of Bathsheba Everdene and her various suitors. Alternately wooed by a poor shepard, a wealthy farmer and a dashing soldier, Bathsheba must decide whether to follow convention or follow her heart. 

Watch the trailer and learn more about the characters here



Release Date - May 1, 2015


This year, May is light on big screen book adaptations, but we've got plenty of TV adapation news for you!


Two men in regal clothingWolf Hall on BBC

This television show is a six part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's two award winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies which chronicle the rise of Thomas Cromwell during the 16th century reign of the King of England, Henry VIII. Depicting a sympathetic but highly ambitious Cromwell, the books explore the ruthless politics of the 16th century English court. 


This series first aired on the BBC in January 2015 and premiered in the United States on PBS Masterpiece Theatre on April 5, 2015. Watch early episodes on the PBS website here






A grid of nine squares, eight of which contain people. The Casual Vacancy on HBO

J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy is a darkly comic look at class warfare in the small English town of Pagford. When Barry Fairbrother dies of a sudden heart attack, local residents plot and scheme to win his now vacant seat on the town council. What follows is a harsh struggle between conservative and liberal idealogies that takes over the small community and exposes long buried resentments among the villagers.


The Casual Vacancy will premiere on HBO on April 29, 2015 and air as three episodes. Learn more about the series here





A white haired young female zombie holds up a jar with a brain in it.

iZombie on the CW

Gwendolyn Price is a zombie, but you wouldn't know it to look at her. By eating brains once a month, she can keep her humanity and memories of her former life. In addition, her new appetite gives her a look into the lives of the people whose brains she ingests. Infected with the memories of those other lives and deaths, Gwen chooses to help those she eats through solving their unrighted wrongs and fulfilling their final wishes. Adapted from Chris Roberson's comic book of the same name, the TV show changes many aspects of the characters backstories but has been described as Veronica Mars meets Night of the Living Dead, with a little CSI thrown in.  How can you go wrong? 

This series premiered March 17, 2015 and the first season is currently airing on the CW network television station. You can catch up on earlier episodes and learn more about the show here





A man with a dog threatens a man and a woman in front of a map of the United StatesThe Man in the High Castle on Amazon

The Man in the High Castle is Philip K Dick's alternate history of the United States after a longer and vastly different World War II. It is 1962 and the Axis Powers have won, splitting the conquered United States into three zones; The eastern Pacific States of America controlled by Imperialist Japan, the Third Reich controlled western United States and the neutral zone of the Rocky Mountain States. Tensions simmer between Japan and the Germany while certain resistance members within America circulate the novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, which imagines an America in which the Allied Powers won and America remains free. 

The pilot aired on Amazon's streaming service on January 15, 2015 and it has been announced that the show was picked up for a full season. The pilot episode is available to watch on the Amazon streaming service here. The remainder of the season is currently being filmed and air dates for futher episodes are TBA. 




Beat the heat by staying inside and catching up on these great shows and books!