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When you read a book the first thing that you will actually read that the author wrote is the dedication page. So my question is do you like the dedication page or is it just a waste of space? Do we really care about so-and-so who inspired the book? After all we don’t know them so should we care?

So place your thoughts on book, movie and song dedications here! If you’ve read a funny/odd/lame book dedication put it here!


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TAB Movie

The Des Plaines Library had a pretty successful TAB meeting last Saturday. We have some pen pal letters that we’re going to answer, took some new pictures- we’ll post one soon, and talked about the TAB movie that we want to make! Got an idea for what we should do in the video? Promote the TAB? Show off the High School Section? Highlight the Teen Lounge? Comment away!

BTW, Steven and I are going to be sitting down and talking about Battle of the Books soon. If you have more suggestions (either books or how it runs), post ’em!

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Twilight the book vs. Twilight the movie

So Twilight the incredibly-popular-bestselling-novel is now Twilight the incredibly-popular-box office-smash-hit-movie. I’m wondering: how much of the movie’s success reflects the army of Twilight-the-book fans’ approval of the filmmakers’ adaptation?

It seems like book readers go on high alert whenever Hollywood releases a book-to-film adaptation. There are high expectations that these film versions should be “faithful” to the books upon which they are based, especially if the original books are from the Harry Potter series, Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring novels, or other super-popular works like the Stephenie Meyer books.

Arguably, it’s rare for a book-to-film adaptation to actually be as good as the original work, let alone better. The DaVinci Code comes to mind: bestselling book becomes box office flop. On the other hand, there are those who believe that the three Godfather films are far superior to the original novel by Mario Puzo. Martin Scorsese adapted at least two nonfiction books for the movies: Gangs of New York, and Goodfellas. When filmmaker Stanley Kubric released 2001: A Space Odyssey, some fans of the novel by Arthur C. Clarke were so angered by Kubric’s treatment of the story they picketed theaters that were showing the film. Today, 2001: A Space Odyssey is considered by film scholars to be one of the best films ever made.

What do you think about book-to-film adaptations? Are there any you love? Any you hate? Did Twilight-the-movie live up to Twilight-the-book? Should Hollywood just get a life already and start writing more original screenplays?

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The City of Ember

I wish I had an extra light bulb!

Saturday I saw the, City of Ember movie! For those of you familiar with Jeanne DuPrau’s book, The City of Ember and it’s companions you will not be disappointed. The movie follows the first book very closely. So if you’re like me and hate reading the book then seeing the movie that has nothing to do with the book have no fear, YOU were kept in mind when they made this movie.

The City of Ember is a book about a society living hundreds of feet underground. The only light they have is from the hanging lamps above the city and the street lamps that line the crumbling streets. But something is wrong. Ember is having blackouts and they are becoming longer and longer. Will Ember’s light in the darkness finally go out? Join Doon and Lina as the look for an escape from their ever dimming city of Ember.

Did you see the movie? Read the book? What did you think. Were you just as afraid as I was that the next day when you woke up that the only light would be from street lamps and light bulbs?

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