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Book first or movie? What say you?

recent & upcoming ya books to movies

recent & upcoming ya books to movies

When someone mentions a book being turned into a movie, the response is usually a loud cheer or a frustrated groan.  Many great movies have come to life from books.  Yet books and movies are very different.  For some people, seeing characters come to life is a magical thing.  They enjoy it much more than having pictures in their own heads.  However, for others their imagination is plenty.  The idea of someone making a movie that changes their ideas, or doesn’t match up with their interpretation, is a frustrating thought.  Some films that come from books are right on, with the majority of the people being satisfied with their outcome.  Take such films as Harry Potter and Twilight; while some people are annoyed at particular aspects of the films, they have still gained cult followings of satisfied readers and viewers.

I experienced some debate surrounding this topic recently, after my high school class read and then watched the seventies version of The Great GatsbySeveral people had also seen the recent remake of the story, so we talked about that as well.  I found many people annoyed at particular details that they loved about the story, which the movies left out.  As well as the way particular characters acted in the movie but not in their interpretation of the book.  It is interesting how many people think that two different art forms need to exactly mirror each other for the movie to be “good.”  I imagine that if people had not read the book, or if there was no book, people would have been perfectly satisfied with the films.  They were well made, just not exactly like the book.

Throughout my life, people have always urged me to read books before seeing their corresponding movies.  However, sometimes I find this strategy doesn’t make either form of the story enjoyable.  There are exceptions to this, but overall I find it difficult to so closely compare two very different art forms.  Even when I do see the movies made from books, I try (not usually succeeding but I try) to enjoy them separately and enjoy the great qualities of each.  Everyone has their own opinions, of course.

What do you think? Should books and movies constantly be compared?  Or on the other hand, should the pictures in your head from books be kept separate from the images in the movie?  The library has some great films that have come from great books.  I suggest you check them out sometime.

You can either compare them, or enjoy them separately.  The choice is yours; you get to experience great pieces of art either way!

–Maddie, Northeast Teen Adviser


Harry Potter & Roller Derby? A magical combo!

Hitditch CupRat City Rollergirls are presenting the Hitditch Cup this Saturday, April 26th…and you should be there!

Hitditch Cup will include skaters from Rat City being sorted into four different teams! The skaters have no idea what team they will be sorted to!!

Gryffindor – coached by GRYFFINDORABLE
Ravenclaw – coached by Lexi Lovegood
Hufflepuff – coached by Sunny Badger
Slytherin – coached by Sheeza Death Eater


  • Game 1: Hufflepuff vs. Gryffindor
  • Game 2: Slytherin vs. Ravenclaw
  • Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner vs. Game 2

Teams compete for the Hitdich Cup and the House Cup!  Who will win the House Cup?  That’s up to you!

But the final bout will not be any ordinary bout – the audience can cast spells on the skaters and officials!  Some will help the team, some will hinder them, but all will be entertaining!!

5:30 p.m. – Sorting Hat Ceremony
6:00 p.m. – First Whistle!

Don’t know much about Roller Derby?  Check out this vid to learn the basics.

Visit BrownPapertickets.com to buy your tickets.  Or, reread/watch Harry Potter, lol.  😀

Harry and the Potters! Friday, June 24 @ Central Library

It’s been a couple years since we were graced by brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge and their singular type of music, but we are lucky that they are on tour and are coming to Seattle!

Kick off the Summer Reading Program and celebrate Potterpalooza at the Central Library on Friday, June 24, from 7-9 pm.  The event is free and is for all ages, but you will need to get your tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.

And if you’re trying to remember how much fun these guys were last time, just look at the photo to the right and listen to our podcast of the event:

Harry Potter: Movies, Musicals and Magic OH MY!

I just saw the new Harry Potter movie (based on the first part of the book Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows) at the Seattle Center IMAX and fell into a vortex of AWESOME-NESS. In fact, I was in a Potter-crazy coma for a week. If you haven’t seen the trailer, you must, so click here.

Well, in all honesty, it wasn’t the one movie alone. My family had a Harry Potter Marathon throughout the weekend, watching all six of the previous movies. It’s so cute to see Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter – grow up from the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie to now! On top of that, I also watched the Very Potter Musical and the Very Potter sequel by the Star Kid Potter group on Youtube. If you haven’t seen them and you love Harry Potter, you are missing out on so much! I’d recommend it for any Harry Potter fans ages 13+ who can handle six hours of nerdy fandom. If you fit the bill, here’s a link to the first act of the first musical (it might start kind of slow, but trust me, it gets way better). It’s not affliated with the Warner Brothers or J.K. Rowling in any way and is produced in the name of parodies and fans of the original Harry Potters.

Why, it’s the Very Potter Musical cast! See the link below for this image and many others, plus a more detailed review of both musicals:


I originally saw the Very Potter Musicals with a group of friends, before it recevied attention in the second season the hit TV show, Glee. Darren Criss, lead songwriter and actor, recently became a permanent cast member on the show, bringing the Very Potters to the limelight. Personally, I think his incredible songwriting and preformance in the Very Potters got him the part. Apparently Star Kid Potter is considering a third musical, but nothing is final yet (but I’m really hoping).

Try it, you’ll like it! Hopefully I won’t explode with anticipation before the next Harry Potter comes out…

– Maddie, 14
Teen Center Adviser


Harry at the Pacific Science Center

How many of you readers like Harry Potter? Did you enjoy the movies?

Have you ever wanted to know what some of the sets, costumes, and/or props looked like? If one or more of your answers were yes, then the Harry Potter Exhibition is the place for you.

Enter the Hogwarts grounds and prepare to be sorted. Watch the Fat Lady break a glass with her voice. Then make your way through the Gryffindor dormitories. Meet the teachers. Go inside the greenhouse.

Take a tour of the great hall, and see some of the foods at the Yule Ball. Go to Hagrid’s hut and sit in his chair. Then enter the Forbidden Forest. See a baby thestral, centaurs, a Hungarian Horntail and Buckbeak. As you enter the gift shop you get to learn about quidditch.

The Exhibition was amazing. I learned so much about the makings of the movies. Sitting in Hagrid’s chair made me feel very tiny. My friend and I were able to sit side by side and were still comfortable. Everything about Hagrid is ginormous, including his shoes which are probably size 30 mens and he is extremely husky.

Hop on board the Hogwarts Express, the exibit is going on until January 30, 2011.

-Mika, Teen Advisor
Northeast Branch

Half of Harry

Get ready for what we have all been waiting for, Harry Potter lovers. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is coming out!  I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks away!

The good news is that the official release date is November 19, 2010, but you might have heard about the the bad news.  Only half of the movie will be coming out then. The second half will come out on July 15, 2011, so we will have to wait to see all the glory that is The Deathly Hollows.  There is a silver lining–more Harry Potter to look forward to.

Get your costumes ready!!  And in the mean time, reread the series and rewatch the movies, all available at The Seattle Public Library.

-Leila, Teen Advisory Group
Northeast Branch

Harry Potter and The Question

Why is Harry Potter so popular? As a hardcore Potter fan myself, I have recently started to wonder why the series has become so huge. Over 400 million copies have been sold worldwide, and the New York Times created a children’s bestseller list because the Potter books had a monopoly on the top spots. The series itself, plus movies and video games and many other products, have caused the author, J.K. Rowling, to become the first billionaire author.  But the question remains: why is Harry Potter so popular?

I don’t think it is the writing. To me, Rowlings’s writing seems merely okay. Sure, her writing flows together and all that, and the plot is quite interesting. But the way Rowling writes is definitely not the reason I waited desperately for a letter to Hogwarts, knowing that there had to be some mistake that I didn’t get one. Nor is it the characters. Yes, they are believable; yes, they are sometimes interesting. But at the same time, the main trio just seem kind of boring. Harry never lets go of his hero complex, which in my opinion leads to some very stupid decisions, and Hermione is always the smartest of the smart. Ron is the only of the main three characters that seems at all different in the series; his hate of being the loyal sidekick plays out to create some really believable subplots.

But I think the main reason that the Harry Potter series is so popular is the world that it is set in. The world that is just underneath the surface of our boring, mundane world, the world that is filled to the brim with magic, intrigue, and crazy awesome monsters. I think this is why people read: to get distracted from a world that could be much better, and Rowling serves up a world that is so close to ours, but so different, too. And I think that is the world that people want to travel to.