Wednesday, August 1, 2012

We Push for ShipBreaker to Take the Big Screen

Visited Columbia Pike lately? Then you might know the fabulous librarian there, Desiree! Today, she gives us her pick for a book that deserves a big screen treatment:

It is always so exciting when a favorite book makes it to the big screen. TOMORROW, we will be starting our Movies by Moonlight program, showing the first of two spectacular films based on books: Hugo, from the prize-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret written by Brian Selznick. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part II) by J.K. Rowling will be next on August 9, 2012.

I’d love to be the fly on the wall in the rooms where and when screenwriters, movie producers or executive directors make this decision. Do you think they look purely at book sales or book reviews? Maybe they rely on pure instinct, going with their “gut” or intuition. Maybe they are strategic and use math and science before deciding to take a story they like to “Hollywood” based on predicted profits, polls and popular themes.

We can assume that the mass popularity of Harry Potter books had great influence on whether or not to make them into movies but maybe it was not so easy a decision with Hugo (Could Mr. Selznick’s relative in the movie industry have played a role? His cousin is famous filmmaker David O. Selznick.).

I’d like to think that we the reading public have “pull” and can shift the balance one way or another just by creating “hoopla” and online “chatter”.There are lots of books of various genres in our collection I think would make great movies. The one I’m rooting for right now is ShipBreaker by Paolo Bacilgalupi. It has all the ingredients of a blockbuster:
  • Good vs Evil
  • Poor Boy and Rich Girl
  • Abusive Parent
  • Environmental Disasters
  • Life & Death
  • Superhuman Creatures
  • Not-too-distant Future
  • Violence & Tragedy
  • Action, Action, Action!
  • A Moral to the Story
  • Companion book: Drowned Cities

Check out Ship Breaker's book trailer:


And its Audio book trailer as a bonus:


Finally, get further into the topic with a few author interviews:

Have you read either Ship Breaker or DrownedCities?  What do you think? Would you like to see either make it to the “Big Screen”?

1 comment:

nico said...

To the teens who posted about how awesome Ms. Desiree is! We totally agree! Thank for commenting! Blogger seems to have eaten your kind words though, so please, if you have a chance, leave us another message!