Arhive etichetă: English Literature

Best books from our library turned into films


 

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For you to know, a film adaptation is the transfer of a written work, in whole or in part, to a feature film. It is a type of derivative work. A common form of film adaptation is the use of a novel as the basis of a feature film. Other works adapted into films include non-fiction (includin journalism), autobiography, comic books, scriptures, plays, historical sources, and even other films.

Several years ago, a film adaptation of a book was something rarely happened, it was necessary that the book was very famous to get to this poin., even if right From the earliest days of cinema, in nineteenth-century Europe, adaptation from such diverse resources has been a fascinating practice of filmmaking.

Today there are a lot of films based on our favorite novels. Some novels need to be read before experienced as a film, not because the film is bad by any means, but because the novel offers so much more. Here are some novels you can read and borrow from our library and you don’t want to miss.

the_hunger_gamesThe Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.

haipoterdHarry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and Muggles.

fellowship-coverThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom. The volume consists of a prologue titled „Concerning Hobbits, and other matters” followed by Book I and Book II. The Lord of the Rings has inspired, and continues to inspire, artwork, music, films and television, video games, and subsequent literature. Award-winning adaptations of The Lord of the Rings have been made for radio, theatre, and film.

gheis0Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the fictional story of a geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II.In 2005, a film version was released.

In 2005, film director Rob Marshall made a film version of the novel. It stars the Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi as Sayuri, Gong Li as Hatsumomo, and Michelle Yeohas Mameha; and Japanese actors Ken Watanabe as the Chairman, Suzuka Ohgo as Sayuri’s childhood incarnation Chiyo, and Youki Kudoh as the adult Pumpkin.

Filming was primarily done in California, and in some locations in Kyoto, including Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi Inari-taisha. It was nominated for and won numerous awards, including nominations for six Academy Awards, three of which – Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design – were won.

eat-0_Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels. The book remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks. The movie rights for the memoir were purchased by Columbia Pictures. The film version, which stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, was released in theaters on August 13, 2010. Columbia Pictures purchased film rights for the memoir and has produced a film version under the same title. It was released on August 13, 2010. American actress Julia Roberts starred in the film; Ryan Murphy directed it.

loveLove in the Time of Cholera is a novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez first published in Spanish in 1985. Alfred A. Knopf published an English translation in 1988, and an English-language movie adaptation was released in 2007.

Stone Village Pictures bought the movie rights from the author for US$3 million, and Mike Newell was chosen to direct it, with Ronald Harwood writing the script. Filming started in Cartagena, Colombia, during September 2006.

The $50 million film, the first major foreign production filmed in the scenic walled city in twenty years,was released on November 16, 2007, by New Line Cinema. On his own initiative, García Márquez persuaded singer Shakira, who is from the nearby city of Barranquilla, to provide two songs for the film.

onedadOne Day is a novel by David Nicholls, published in 2009. Each chapter covers the lives of two protagonists on 15 July, St. Swithin’s Day, for twenty years. The novel attracted generally positive reviews, and was named 2010 Galaxy Book of the Year.Nicholls adapted his book into a screenplay; the feature film, also titled One Day, was released in August 2011.

At the time of the book’s publication, Nicholls wrote that he was adapting his novel as a film script. He acknowledged the difficulties in casting people who „could be both students and middle-aged! But I think we’ve found a way.”

The film was directed by Lone Scherfig for Random House Films and Focus Features, with a theatrical release in August 2011. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgessportrayed Emma and Dexter, respectively. Filming took place in England, Scotland and France.

english3The English Patient is a 1992 novel by Michael Ondaatje. The book follows four dissimilar people brought together at an Italian villa during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The four main characters are: an unrecognisably burned man—the titular patient, presumed to be English; his Canadian Army nurse, a Sikh British Army sapper, and a Canadian thief. The story occurs during the North African Campaign and centres on the incremental revelations of the patient’s actions prior to his injuries, and the emotional effects of these revelations on the other characters. The book won the Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Award.

 

atonement_novelAtonement is a 2001 British metafiction novel written by Ian McEwan concerning the understanding and responding to the need for personal atonement. Set in three time periods, 1935 England, Second World War England and France, and present-day England, it covers an upper-class girl’s half-innocent mistake that ruins lives; her adulthood in the shadow of that mistake; and a reflection on the nature of writing.

Widely regarded as one of McEwan’s best works, it was shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for fiction. In 2010, TIME magazine named Atonement in its list of the 100 greatest English-language novels since 1923.

In 2007, the book was adapted into a BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, starring Saoirse Ronan, James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, and directed by Joe Wright.

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The-Shock-Of-The-Fall-coverSure you did heard about English culture. Now you have the opportunity to read an original British novel.

We continue to present you the most recent entries of the English Book Hall. This set of English books also includes those books of English writers you are willing to read. Hope you’ll have enough motivation and enthusiasm to get them read, no matter where here at the library or at home. Continuă citirea →

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71EoTrcYeJLYou already know that the library is a great place to study or to get books for free. You already know that we have a wonderful collection of books in English. Our library provides a huge choice of English language books and we are regularly adding to our stock.

Recently we got a new stock of books  for our artistic literature batch. Continuă citirea →