Fiction

Banned Books at the Movies

banned booksBanned Books Week, celebrated annually during the last week of September, was established in the 1980's to bring awareness to the long-lasting effects of book challenges. It is a recognition of every person’s freedom to read. At the library, we not only support your right to read whatever books you want, but your right to watch movies based on those books.

For the past 24 years, the Office of Intellectual Freedom has recorded book challenges from across the country and compiled them into lists. The books on these lists range from classic works of literature, to new and popular novels for all age ranges. While it is no secret that Hollywood finds inspiration in books on a regular basis, you may not be aware just how many banned books have provided the plots for award-winning films and box office hits. This fall alone saw the release of two movies based on banned books: The Giver, Lois Lowry’s dystopian classic, and in November, the latest installment in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1.

Below is a list of just some of the movies based on books from the American Library Association’s lists of challenged or banned books. Do you have a favorite?

When History Isn't History: Legacies of the Great War

Marching toward the Battle of the SommeRegrettably for humankind, the “War to End All Wars” did not live up to that hopelessly hopeful appellation. In fact, most historians will tell you that it and the treaty that ended it, were the chief causes of the Second World War which remains the only war in human history to surpass it in the cost of human life.

As you will have heard by now, over the next four or so years, the world will be commemorating the hundred year anniversaries of the events of what has come to be known—exactly because it could not measure up to that overly optimistic sobriquet—World War I.

Book Hunters in Brief #37: Back to School

BHinB #37 GraphicHear that? That’s the sound of a jillion school kids—from kindergarten to college—sighing. It's back to school time again. Book Hunters can’t do anything about that, but we can suggest these books so at least you don’t feel alone in your pain.

Book Hunters in Brief #36: if i stay

book hunters in brief #36: if i stayEven if you loved the book long before it was a glimmer in some Hollywood executive's eye, Book Hunters have some suggestions we think you just might love as much.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Here's why: Samantha repeats the day of her death seven times before she finds a way to save herself.

Book Hunters in Brief #35: Outlander

BHinB 35 OutlanderFor fans of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Harris County Public Library's award-winning Book Hunters recommends these great titles:

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

Book Hunters in Brief #33: Awkward Protagonists

Book Hunters in Brief GraphicFor all of you who geek out on the geeks of The Big Bang Theory, the Book Hunters have some reading suggestions that feature some awe-inspiringly awkward protagonists, we think you’ll love.

Book Hunters in Brief #32: Warriors

Book Hunters in Brief GraphicErin Hunter’s Warriors series is great, but there are, unfortunately, a finite number of installments, so sooner or later, you catch up to the author.

Book Hunters in Brief #30: Teen Beach Reads

Here are some cool reads--perfect for a day soaking up the sun with the sand between your toes.

Book Hunters in Brief # 29: Our Founding Fathers...and Mothers

This week, Book Hunters salute the men and women who defined what it is to be an American.

Book Hunters in Brief: Summer Reading Edition

BHiBHCPL's Summer Reading Fun 2014 starts Monday, June 2 and Book Hunters will be here to help make this a great summer of reading for you and the whole family. Just tell us what you like and we'll send you a list of reading recommendations. Let the R and R begin! (That's reading and relaxing, folks).

Here are few of our favorites in keeping with this year's science-related themes

What Will Hatch?  by Jennifer Ward (toddler)

Oh, No!, or How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett (picture book)

A Tooth is Loose by Lisa Trumbauer (early reader)

Shaping Up Summer by Lizann Flatt (juvenile nonfiction)

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman (ya fiction)

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch by Lewis Dartnell (adult nonfiction)

Don't forget to register for Summer Reading Fun starting on Monday, June 2.

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