Before they were stars…soon-to-be movie blockbuster titles available in large print!
Ahem…and cue the announcer! “IN A WORLD dominated by video and movies, a plucky group of librarians dares to put large-print books into the hands of readers starved for stories in the most readable format available.”
Hollywood is poised to launch a gaggle of new movie adaptations of books. But how will they be different from the original book? Which was better? Which scenes were cut? If ONLY there were a way to know…like, you know, reading the book before seeing the movie!
Libraries can plan now to beat patron demand for these titles, and even promote them in advance of the movie release. Tying books to movie releases enhances your library’s relevance and demonstrates connectedness to patron interests.
Best of all, you can make blockbuster titles accessible to the broadest cross-section of readers by providing them in large print – offering one-size-fits-all font and increasing book circulation by ensuring accessibility for every reader. (See more reasons why large print supports a savvy collection development strategy.)
Check out these soon-to-be popular titles available now in large print from Thorndike Press:
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion. The movie version, due out later this year, will start Jessica Chastain.
A perennial favorite, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is due for another movie adaptation this year. Starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, this film is sure to be a draw for movie lovers of all ages. Called Victor Frankenstein, the story is told from from Igor’s (played by Radcliffe) perspective and shows the troubled young assistant’s past and his unlikely friendship with the medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein. The film is scheduled to be released in October.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman recounts the tale of a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia who raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. The movie is being directed by the brash young director Derek Cianfrance, who directed Blue Valentine.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes Louisa Clark tells the story of an ordinary girl who takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor‚ now wheelchair-bound after a motorcycle accident. Refusing to treat him with kid gloves‚ Lou sets out to show Will that life is still worth living. The movie will launch later this year.
Jessica Chastain will play a leading role in yet another movie adaptation this year: The Martian by Andy Weir. This sci-fi adventure will also feature Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig. In this story, Astronaut Mark Watney becomes the first human to visit Mars but is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
The movie Serena (based on the book by Ron Rash) reunites Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence (stars of the acclaimed The Silver Linings Playbook) to play newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton, who set out to be timber barons in 1929. Serena soon proves herself the equal of any man‚ and the ruthless lord and lady kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Then Serena learns that she can’t bear children‚ and sets out to murder George’s illegitimate son.
The movie adaptation of Insurgent by Veronica Roth is a sci-fi thriller with a female hero, Tris. Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts play roles in this exciting story of a young woman who must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance that threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz play starring roles in the screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. The story: a woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.