Book vs. movie comparisons spark discussion

The "book vs. movie" debate about which is better — reading the original book, or the movie upon which it is based, or vice versa — has raged ever since the first film was adapted from a novel.

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The 2011 novel, "Ready Player One," was the first penned by author Ernest Cline. It was also adapted into a movie in 2018. (Contributed photo / Detroit Lakes Public Library)
Contributed photo / Detroit Lakes Public Library / Tribune
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Have you ever read a book and then watched a movie based on it — or vice versa — and been amazed at how differently they told the same story?

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The film version of John Steinbeck's novel "East of Eden" was released in 1955, and starred James Dean, Julie Harris and Raymond Massey.
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Perhaps you might be interested in reading the 1952 novel "East of Eden," by Nobel prize winner John Steinbeck, and then following up with the 1955 film "East of Eden, the first of only three films starring the late actor James Dean.

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Author John Steinbeck published his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "East of Eden" in 1952. It was adapted into a movie three years later. (Contributed photo / Detroit Lakes Public Library)
Contributed photo / Detroit Lakes Public Library / Tribune

Perhaps something newer would pique your interest more? In that case you could read "Ready Player One," published in 2011. This science fiction novel marked the debut of author Ernest Cline.

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The 2018 movie version of Ernest Cline's debut novel, "Ready Player One," was directed by Steven Spielberg. (Contributed photo / Detroit Lakes Public Library)
Contributed photo / Detroit Lakes Public Library / Tribune

Once done, you could watch the 2018 movie "Ready Player One," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.
The monthly meeting of the Teen Book vs. Movie Club will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25. Area teens are invited to join the group discussion on the differences between popular books and their movie adaptations, snack on popcorn and test their knowledge in a book vs. movie quiz.

Library Events

Jan. 18-Feb. 15: Blind Date with a Book. Here's a chance to have a mystery date with a book you might never have checked out. Choose a wrapped book, read it, rate it and enter a drawing for a prize. You'll never know who you might connect with!
Saturday, Jan. 22: The library will host a workshop on "Starting a Small Business" at 11 a.m. West Central SBDC consultant Ryan Tungseth bought his first business in 5th grade. Since then he has succeeded and failed so many times there are businesses he can't even remember the names of. Fortunately, Ryan learned a lot from his past failures and is successfully running four businesses and now consults with small business owners to help them succeed. We will discuss what it takes to successfully start a business and the traps to watch out for. Topics will include market research, business planning, financial projections, entity setup, funding for your project, and more. Lasts approximately one hour.
Thursday, Jan. 27: Storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. Join us for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more every Thursday. We will explore a different theme each week. Open to preschoolers and their caregivers. Lasts approximately a half hour. A "Movie Musicals through the Decades" screening of the 2012 release, "Les Miserables," will take place at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. The movie features Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Russell Crowe, and follows former prisoner Jean Valjean, who after being released from the watchful eye of police officer Javert, is unable to find work because of his status as an ex-convict. This film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 50 minutes.

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