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Books on Screen

Each month, our Books on Screen feature spotlights movies, television shows, miniseries and specials that are based on books of various genres --- including novels, memoirs, comics, children's books, short stories and poetry --- along with the latest DVD releases.

April 2016

Happy “Game of Thrones” month, Books on Screen readers! Can you feel it in the air, as thick as Jon Snow’s hair? That’s not early spring humidity; it’s excitement! It feels like a lifetime ago that the season five finale aired, and now we’re finally going to learn the fates of our favorite characters (JON SNOW JON SNOW JON SNOW), come hell or Ramsay Bolton. I was strictly told that I couldn’t devote this entire column to “Game of Thrones,” but --- as someone who, against all odds, was able to write about GONE WITH THE WIND in every single ninth grade English paper --- there are always loopholes. So welcome to Books on Screen, Thrones Edition! And sorry in advance, Tom.

March 2016

Well, well, well! The Oscars have come and gone, and --- much like our waning winter --- awards season this year was a mild one, marked by an unexpected snowstorm or two. I may be mixing my metaphors here; let’s blame it on the ever-eco-conscious OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR Leo DiCaprio. But March is here now, and soon the colder months will be just a pesky, unwelcome memory --- kind of like “The Cobbler” must be for Tom McCarthy.

February 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bestselling zombie novel must be in want of a silver screen adaptation. So it’s no surprise that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s Frankenstein of a novel --- which plops hordes of the walking dead into the Austen classic --- is now in theaters. More respectable reviewers are saying this one is as soulless as the Bennet sisters’ antagonists, but I say leave your braaaains at the door and enjoy some good February fun!

January 2016

Happy New Year, Books on Screen lovers! Hopefully, your resolutions include getting better at managing your expectations; considering the mediocre crop of movies this month, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to flex those fledgling cognitive muscles.

December 2015

Season’s greetings, Books on Screen lovers! If you’re at all worried about appearances when Santa comes to town, it might be best to avoid the dim and dismal movies that hit theaters this month. The entertainment itself is brilliant, but I bet there will be plenty of crying and pouting in theaters nationwide.

November 2015

Turns out, death and taxes aren’t the only certain things in the world: We can now count on an Amazon pilot dump every six months or so. Ben Franklin may have discovered electricity and penned an early draft of Celine Dion’s favorite idiom, but even he could not see this coming. Hang on to your bifocals; we're about to dive headfirst into November's Books on Screen!

October 2015

Welcome to our Pumpkin Spice edition™ of Books on Screen! You didn’t think we’d miss out on October’s bestselling rebrand, did you? This month, we’ll be evaluating the top books on screen based on their Pumpkin Spice Rating (PSR), which is just as silly and delicious as it sounds! Toss your regular old latte, because we’re about to go full fall!

September 2015

All you Books on Screen devotees who were hoping for a 3D Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing an iffy French accent, well, you fished your wish this month! Congratulations! And those of you who were holding out for Tom Hardy doing Russian, see: Child 44.

August 2015

We’re entering the dog days of summer, Books on Screen readers. What does that mean for us? I’m not sure! And judging from August’s batch of releases, I’d bet the studios aren’t either. Let’s talk about it!

July 2015

‘Tis the season…for sun-soaked blockbusters, sweet and sour superheroes, and thunderous sound effects. It’s also the time when we get those more somber summer movies, the kind that hum along gently and are as quietly refreshing as air conditioning on a mid-July day. Unless your unit is as loud as mine, in which case the metaphor is moot --- unlike my AC. Still with me? Here are this month’s books on screen!