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Sep 25

But is the movie really better? by Michelle Flaws

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 25, 2020 at 1:34 PM by Genesis Gaule

Recently I found myself scrolling through all of the newest book adaptations available on Netflix. Young adult novels are really having a moment--which got me thinking about some of my favorites. Some readers may argue with some of my choices but polling my coworkers on their picks was entertaining because we all appreciate different genres and their adaptations

So what movies made it onto the good list?

What about the bad?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was filmed in 1995 with Gary Oldman and Demi Moore, in one word: embarrassing. The adaptation miserably failed to portray the suspense and restraint behind this forbidden love story. Eragon by Christopher Paolini hit the big screen in 2006 and despite having seasoned actors and a well established production company, it left the fans much to desire. The costumes, the special effects and the dialogue did not match the thrill we felt when reading the novel for the first time.

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells received a second screen adaptation in 1996 with Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer and David Thewlis playing titular characters. Filming and production on this movie was notorious for setbacks and crew disagreements; did the heat from filming on location render them unproductive? The movie lacks the ability to demonstrate the horror that is a man toying with nature to create hybrid creatures. While the story is supposed to be disturbing, this remake leaves much to be desired. Every time I think of Marlon Brando wearing white face paint and a giant kaftan I face-palm.

What about those adaptations that have inconsistencies with its novel counterpart but are still worth seeing in the movie theatre?

Here are some recommendations:

Watch them and compare! Decide for yourself and become a fan of the book and the movie!

Sep 21

Book Notes 9/21/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 21, 2020 at 10:03 AM by Genesis Gaule

Open books and the words book notes

9/21/2020


The library is now open on Tuesdays & Fridays! These books can also be checked out through our Front Door Pick Up on Mondays & Thursdays or by scheduling an appointment on a Wednesday.


Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

This is the heartrending story of a family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s greatest hope in the quest to understand the disease.

George Harrison on George Harrison by Ashley Kahn

Known as the “Quiet Beatle” but arguably the most thoughtful and certainly most outspoken of the famous four, these are Harrison’s most revealing and illuminating interviews, correspondence, and writings.

The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman

Having lost her husband to World War II and her daughter to illness, Iris walled herself off from the world and built a new family…of flowers. Then Abby moves next door and Iris is reluctantly yet inevitably draw into her boisterous neighbor’s life.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone—where conditions are just right for human habitation—in humanity’s last hope for survival.


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Sep 14

Book Notes 9/14/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 14, 2020 at 9:59 AM by Genesis Gaule

Open books and the words book notes

9/14/2020


The library is now open on Tuesdays & Fridays! These books can also be checked out through our Front Door Pick Up on Mondays & Thursdays or by scheduling an appointment on a Wednesday.


Women Talking by Miriam Toews

For the past two years, more than a hundred girls in a Mennonite colony have been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now the women know they were in fact drugged and attacked by men from their community, and the women are now determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon

Based on the real-life story of socialite spy Nancy Wake, this spellbinding story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice, and unfaltering resolve is told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war.

Walking with Glenn Berkenkamp by Glenn Berkenkamp

In 35 guided mindfulness walks, Berkenkamp invites us to discover how we sense, move, think, and feel in our bodies—and engage a greater sense of presence and being in our lives.

The Answer Is... by Alex Trebek

Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers. After receiving a flood of kindness following his diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer, Trebek decided to share his story in this book.


If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

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