Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. May 2018 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
movie posters for the 3 featured movies

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 is here 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

Book cover for On Chesil Beach
On Chesil Beach
McEwan, Ian

In 1962, a young English couple go to the shore to celebrate their honeymoon. But when things turn intimate, they realize they want different things from their life as husband and wife. Separating after only one day married, they go on to wonder what might have been had either compromised.

Book cover for The Seagull
The Seagull
Chekhov, Anton

A famous actress, her lover, her son, and the beautiful girl next door spend a fateful summer together in the country. What begins as a pleasant visit quickly turns sour as unrequited love, disappointed aspirations and unfulfilled desires thwart young and old alike.

Book cover for How to Talk to Girls At Parties
How to Talk to Girls At Parties
Gaiman, Neil

When two boys show up at the wrong party, they meet a group of girls unlike any other they’ve seen before. Vic, the charmer, and Enn, the shy one, find themselves entranced by the young women they mistakenly assume are foreign exchange students. But when odd conversations turn into something more, the boys begin to wonder just who these girls really are.

Book cover for One Fat Summer (Measure of a Man)
One Fat Summer (Measure of a Man)
Lipsyte, Robert

Summers are rough at Rumson Lake. While everyone else is happy to take off their shirts and jump in the lake, Bobby is left hiding his body under layers of clothing. He’s always been bullied for his weight but now he finds himself suddenly stuck without his best friend, mowing mean Dr. Kahn’s lawn and listening to his parents fight. As Bobby rises to these challenges, he learns that maybe summer isn’t the worst season after all.