The book’s always better… or is it?

Have you noticed how many popular novels are being made into films this year? Angels and Demons, based on Dan Brown’s popular Robert Langdon series started the year off with a blockbuster film from a bestseller book.  Oddly enough the book is set prior to the events is The Da Vinci Code, but the film is made as a sequel. 

If thrillers weren’t your thing, ever popular Jodi Picoult had her first novel to film treatment with My Sister’s Keeper just a few months back.  Shortly after, Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic also came to the screen starring Australia’s Isla Fisher. This film was a reasonable box office success, but panned by the critics. Audrey Niffennegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife has just been released starring another Aussie, Eric Bana, and whilst we are on the Aussie theme, Maurice Sendak’s timeless children’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are which was filmed in and around Melbourne will be released next month. Most of this feature was actually filmed in 2005 but has been in what they call ‘development hell’ until this year.

If Graphic Novels are your thing, the very popular Will Eisner series The Spirit was released as a film this year, but has unfortunately been tagged one of worst films of 2009.

But wait there’s more!

Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol has had a CGI re-imagining, released just in time for Christmas and to rave reviews. But possibly the most highly anticipated book-to-film event this year is the Twilight sequel, New Moon which was released today across Australia!

There’s plenty I’ve missed, tell us what others you have enjoyed this year or are looking forward to being released in 2010?

Which do you think was better, the book or the film? If you haven’t yet read the book, come to the library, grab a copy and make up your own mind which was better.

Spotlight on: Audrey Niffenegger

niffeneggeraAudrey Niffenegger,  is best known as the author of the hugely popular The Time Traveler’s Wife, but is also a widely acclaimed  visual artist. Her artwork came to attention when she began exhibiting in 1987 and has published several books of her painting and drawings since then. She has also illustrated several graphic novels and had originally planned The Time Traveler’s Wife to be a graphic novel, but felt that ‘it is very difficult to represent sudden time shifts with still images.’

She recently published her second novel Her Fearful Symmetry and is currently working on her third The Chincilla Girl in Exile in between lecturing at Columbia College, painting and drawing and giving the occasional guided tour of Highgate Cemetery in London.

The Time Traveler’s Wife has just been released as a film starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, and to celebrate, the library is running a competition where you can win a copy of the book and a double pass to Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza! Check out the website for details and come into the library to enter!