Books to Screens Big & Small

Lately it seems that the theaters and our TV sets are filled with adaptations of our favorite books.  Whether it is George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones,”   Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” or Craig Johnson’s “Longmire” series there is something for all ages and all tastes.  And even though we have this need to see our favorite book brought to life there is always the nagging fear of disappointment.  Will they sound the way we imagined or even look somewhat like the author described them?  This summer brings about a bevy of books going to the screens, and here are our picks for the season.

“Edge of Tomorrow” the Sci-Fi novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka opens in theaters June 6th starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.  Originally written as “All You Need is Kill” in 2009, Sakurazaka’s freshman offering attacks with a viciousness that fellow sci-fi writer John Scalzi said, “reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming.”

Also premiering in theaters on June 6th is the screen adaptation of John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars.”

“[Green] shows us true love—two teenagers helping and accepting each other through the most humiliating physical and emotional ordeals—and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.”
New York Times Book Review

Doug has graciously given this two “thumbs up” for sticking with him months after reading it.

“Outlander” on Starz beginning August 8th.  Based on the critically acclaimed series by Diana Gabaldon,  “Outlander” is already looking quite capable of bringing this powerhouse it’s due.

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Then there is “The Strain.”  The cable channel FX is bringing Guillermo Del Toro’s  Horror/Vampire series to us on July 13th.


“A high-tech vampire epic….Terrifying.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Part The Andromeda Strain, part Night of the Living Dead.”

“Chuck Hogan is known for his taut thrillers, Guillermo del Toro for his surreal horror films…The Strain brings out the best of each.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strain—the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer. Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winningPan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.



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