This year promises to be a great one for readers as well as film buffs with the release of many eagerly-awaited titles. The library features two new displays; one dedicated to some of the best new books due for release and the other focused on texts adapted for the big screen.
War Horse was inspired by a 1982 book by Michael Morpurgo. It deals with the fate of a horse taken from rural Devon and transported to the depths of battle during the First World War. The story, first published in 1982, was adapted into a hit stage play in 2007 and the film version, directed by Steven Spielberg, is on general release now.
The Hunger Games tells the story of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, forced to fight other teenagers in the state-organised Games in the post-apocalyptic landscape of Panem, formerly known as north America. The film, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, is due for release in March. The book group, comprising students from Years 7 to 10, is currently reading the story and is enthralled.
Classic titles currently in production include On the Road by Jack Kerouac and period drama The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the central character.
Horror lovers will be in for a treat with an adaptation of zombie thriller World War Z starring Brad Pitt as protagonist Gerry Lane. Daniel Radcliffe, known worldwide as Harry Potter, will take on a different challenge this year, appearing in the film version of Susan Hill’s chilling Woman in Black . First published in 1983 the story has also been made into a television thriller and a long-running stage production.
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock star in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Dealing with the aftermath of 9/11, its narrator is a nine-year-old coming to terms with the death of his father in the collapse of the Twin Towers.
Other film adaptations due for release this year include The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Paradise Lost, Anna Karenina, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Hobbit, The Bourne Legacy, Breaking Dawn Part 2 and The Host.
There are lots of new books also due in to the library over the next few weeks including action, adventure, thriller, factual, chick-lit and fantasy titles. There will be Closure, Limited, the much-anticipated novel from World War Z author Max Brooks, and Extreme – Hard Target by former SAS soldier Chris Ryan.
Rainbow’s End by Lauren St John details her childhood on a farm in Zimbabwe while Young Samurai, The Ring of Wind by Chris Bradford is the seventh in the Young Samurai series that focuses on the adventures of Jack Fletcher in 17th century Japan.
Other notable titles include Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson, Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson, a thriller about a woman suffering from amnesia, and Pure by Julianna Baggott, the first of a trilogy. All the titles listed are available from the library.
Assistant Librarian Jamie Jones said: ‘This is going to be a great year, not only due to the range of new books being published but also because both classic and modern texts will find a new audience at the cinema. There is obviously a generation of directors coming through wanting to turn their favourite books into films, with classics such as Paradise Lost and Anna Karenina providing inspiration, while newer texts, such as The Hunger Games, are easily adaptable and lend themselves to the big screen. Many modern authors now seem to write very “visual” books that translate to film very well.
'I am looking forward to reading ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ as the concept of that is really interesting and there is a groundswell of excitement about it in both the film and book industries. However, having been a fan of Gone and The Hunger Games I think that many students will really enjoy Pure as that focuses upon life in dystopian America where disasters known as ‘the detonations’ have split the population into two groups; the “wretches” who were outside when the devastation occurred and the “pure” who were sheltered by a protective dome.
'If fantasy, action or adventure doesn’t appeal to our students then we have also ordered in the spin-off book from the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding series and also the Red Hot Chilli Cookbook by Dan May who set up the world’s most northerly chilli farm in Northumberland, so there really should be something in the library to appeal to everyone!’