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    Read It Before You Watch It

    Kim Mattingly recently released an article “14 Books to Read Before they Hit the Big Screen” that has been making the rounds through the popular social networking sites Facebook and Pinterest.  As many libraries struggle to remain relevant, anything that reminds people to read is a good thing.  The popularity of book-based movies and the quantity being released in the near future is astounding, and could have a positive impact on libraries by encouraging the non-reader to pick up a book. 

    Books being made into films is not a new phenomenon.  Many popular film classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird, East of Eden, and Gone With the Wind were books first.  What makes the trend unique this time around is that many of the films are based on book series.  I suppose the trend started with the popularity of the Harry Potter films, continued with the Twilight films, and is still going strong with the Hunger Games films.  Everyone wants to jump on the book series to film series bandwagon. 

    The question is, which series is going to be the next Harry Potter?  Will it be Divergent by Veronica Roth, the dystopian story about a teen being called the next Hunger Games?  Will it be The Maze Runner by James Dashner, a dystopian story about teens in a deadly maze?  Will it be The Giver by Lois Lowry, yet another dystopian story about a teen?  I think you should check all of the books out at the Daviess County Public Library and read them before you make a decision!

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