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Library Talk – July 25, 2017

Library Talk, July 27th

Well, the rain we had on Saturday last was a quick reminder that meteorology can’t always forecast small but really mighty storm cells, water goes where it wants to, and can be a very powerful force!  Poor Aberdeen Branch Library got water that travelled a fair distance after in found its way in through one of the back doors and several staff members had water/road/mud issues as well.

Many movies are based on books, some more loosely based than others, but I thought it interesting in the box of DVDs we received on Monday that there were more than the usual number, including two television series based on books. They include: Chesapeake Shores, a Hallmark Channel series based on best-selling novelist Cheryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series, and Big Little Lies, with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, based on Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. (I hadn’t heard about this mini-series until the demand for the book spiked!) The setting is in California in the movie, and in Australia in the book, but most of the reviews say it is a good adaptation.  Other new book to movies include The Circle with Emma Watson and Tom Hanks based on the same name novel by Dave Eggers, and finally, Alone in Berlin with Emma Thompson and Brandon Gleeson portraying a middle-aged couple risking their life to defy the Nazi regime is based on Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Falladia.  Well, one more—Ghost in the Shell with Scarlett Johansson is based on the comic of the same name. This story was told in a 1995 movie of the same name, and is considered a classic Japanese animation film.  Many of our movies have roots in books, and it can be fun to read the book either before or after watching, to see how screen writers and directors either stay close to the book, or stray far, far off the original story.

Matthew