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Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department



Collage of films adapted from classic books

Read it First: Classic Literature on Film

August 03, 2020

From the time we first learn to read, we are steered towards “the classics.” FromThe Velveteen Rabbit to War and Peace, these novels are touted as enlightening, world expanding, and, sometimes, enjoyable reads. But what, exactly, is a “classic” novel?

Books made to popular musicals

Beyond Hamilton: More Musicals Based on Books

July 15, 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton: An American Musical took the world by storm when it premiered in 2015. Combining American history with modern music styles and traditional period costumes with non-traditional casting, it pioneered a new style of musical.

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Read it First: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

July 08, 2020

Last month we took a look at the lives of famous authors as shown in popular films. And while that was a fun way to learn more about the authors we know and love, we all know that sometimes films take creative license to make their stories more interesting.

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Read it First: The Lives Behind the Books

June 16, 2020

On this blog we have featured hundreds of films adapted from novels and short stories by authors from across the world and throughout history. While we have celebrated their works both on page and on screen, we’ve yet to take a look at the people behind the words.

Books about plagues in fiction

Plagues in Fiction: A Lesson in Hope

May 26, 2020

In a world of 24-hour news cycles and constant social media updates, it can seem impossible to escape our current stressful reality. So voluntarily choosing to read even more about world-ending plagues and their effects on the human psyche may feel a bit morbid or sadistic.

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Read it First: At Home Television Edition

May 15, 2020

A common complaint leveled against film adaptations is that they often cut too much of the original material to fit their run time. This is where miniseries and television shows can really shine. With more time to tell the story, they can often provide a more faithful adaptation.

Film adaptations of Shakespeare's works

Read it First: At Home Edition - Shakespeare with a Twist!

April 23, 2020

Did you know that scholars are uncertain as to Shakespeare’s actual birthday? We have a record of his baptism on April 26, 1564 and a burial marker that states he was 52 when he passed, but no more physical evidence to go on.

Film and play adaptations of Shakespeare's favorite works

Read it First: At Home Edition - Shakespeare With Familiar Faces

April 16, 2020

Ah, April. The month we celebrate Spring, National Poetry Month and the birth (and death) of one Mr. William Shakespeare. Arguably the most famous author of all time, Shakespeare’s works are perennial favorites, having been performed for centuries.

Books made to film adaptations

Read it First: At Home Edition

April 03, 2020

Movie theaters may be closed and many films delayed, but fear not!

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Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

September 04, 2019

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.