Read the Book BEFORE Seeing the Movie

There are several upcoming movies scheduled for fall release that are generating quite a bit of buzz.  Here’s your guide to those that are based on books, giving you the opportunity to read them before seeing the movie.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich during WWII, who steals books even though she cannot yet read.  With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. The movie opened November 8th, and stars Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book of the Hunger Games series.  It continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post- apocalyptic nation of Panem.  A rebellion against the oppressive Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the Hunger Games.   The movie opens November 22nd, and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson.

The Wolf of Wall Street is the autobiographical account of Jordan Belfort, the infamous New York City stockbroker who cheated investors out of more than $200 million.  He calculated that he made thousands of dollars a minute, but spent it as fast as he could on drugs, sex and international globe-trotting. The movie opens December 25th, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the humorous short story by James Thurber about the ineffectual milquetoast who spends more time in heroic daydreams than paying attention to the real world.  This is the second time this story has been made into a movie.  The first was in 1947 and starred Danny Kaye. This new version opens December 25th, and stars Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig.

August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tracy Letts, is a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family who come together after the death of a family member.  Full of razor-sharp wit, reading this play is a wonderful way to understand how dialogue is used to develop character and plot.  The movie opens December 25th and stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

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