Book Into Film: Novels and Short Stories Adapted for the Screen

A program that delves into the relationship between text and film.

Choose any or all of these book/film combos to read, screen and discuss. We’ll give you DVDs of the films and loan you copies of the books.

  • Emma (1815) by Jane Austen
  • Emma (1996) adapted and directed by Douglas McGrath, starring Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Clueless (1995) written and directed by Amy Heckerling, starring Alicia Silverstone
  • The Namesake (2003) by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Namesake (2006) adapted by Sooni Taraporevala, directed by Mira Nair, starring Kal Penn
  • The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Kite Runner (2007) adapted by David Benioff, directed by Marc Forster
  • Wonder Boys (1995) by Michael Chabon
  • Wonder Boys (2000) adapted by Oscar™ nominee Steve Kloves, directed by Curtis Hanson, starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay. Includes original short story by Annie Proulx (1997) and screenplay by Oscar™ winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005) directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Rear Window,” a.k.a. “It Had to Be Murder” (1942) short story by Cornell Woolrich
  • Rear Window (1954), adapted by Oscar™ nominee John Michael Hayes, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly

Libraries will also receive:

  • Discussion questions and background information about the art of adaptation
  • Supplementary lists of book-into-film combinations for further viewing: Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Contemporary Literature, Genre Fiction, Hitchcock, Jane Austen, Nonfiction/Biopics, and Speculative Fiction. All lists will include titles from varied multicultural perspectives.

Note: If your library does not have an annual Public Performance Site License with Movie Licensing USA, please contact them at 1-888-267-2658.