From Print on the Small [Mostly Streaming] Screen: Book to TV Adaptations

Do you like your book adaptations to go beyond the two hour constraint of a movie screen? If so, have you checked out the literary companions to these recent television adaptations? 

Books on the Big Screen

There are lots of movies coming out this fall based on books.  Several book adaptations have been released as films earlier this year as well.  Check out these books from the library to read before or after watching the movie version!  

For a more complete list of book adaptations to film, visit the article “Books to Movies & TV in 2019: 50+ Upcoming Adaptations” from Bibliofile’s Review of books.  

Did you enjoy the Black Panther movie? Want to read the comic books?

The library has the first three graphic novels in the recent Black Panther series and we have just ordered the fourth.  If you liked the movie and want to learn more of the back story, borrow these today!  You’ll find them on our new bookshelf.

Black Panther Book 2

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2

Black Panther Book 1

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1

Black Panther Book 3

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3

Luke Cage in the Library

It’s been about a month since season 1 of Luke Cage was released on Netflix. So, obviously, everyone has finished it by now, right? Yes? No? Either way this post is spoiler free, unless you consider literature references spoilers.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage makes a ton of literary references. It names titles and authors that have made their mark on African American culture, as well as simply nodding to some bestsellers and other well known works. Luke Cage is a well-read man, as are the villains in the show. It’s wonderful to see so many books and authors acknowledged on television for the effect they had on people and culture.

A Luke Cage Syllabus was created by Tara Betts over on If you get the chance to look at it, I highly recommend it. It’s well done and the length of the list is impressive. It also includes notes on when the book was referenced in the show and recommendations for further reading.

Here are a few of the titles from the #LukeCageSyllabus #Season1 that we have at the Durham Tech Library. This isn’t a comprehensive list of the books and authors we have from the list, and if you’d like to read something we don’t have we can get it for you through Interlibrary Loan.

Acres of Skin by Allen M. Hornblum

Acres of Skin by Allen M. Hornblum


Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Heat's On by Chester Himes

The Heat’s On by Chester Himes

Books to Movies in 2016


Books to movies in 2016. The 5th Wave and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

2016 brings a new crop of movies coming to a theater near you that are based on books. Below is a list of books you can check out from the Durham Tech Library to read before the movie comes out. Then you can proclaim the book better than the movie with confidence!

The 5th Wave by Richard Yancy-Theatrical Release on January 22nd (It’s already out!)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith-Theatrical Release on February 5th

Allegiant by Veronica Roth-Theatrical Release on March 18th

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes-Theatrical Release on June 3rd

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins-Theatrical Release on October 7th

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness- Theatrical Release on October 14th

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain- Theatrical Release on November 11th

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- Theatrical Release on December 25th

Check Out Mars

Today, NASA announced that they’ve found proof of liquid saltwater on Mars. It’s an announcement that makes one day finding living microbes on the surface more likely than ever before. With the movie adaptation of The Martian by Andy Weir coming out soon it seems like a good time check out what science has to say about the red planet, and through fiction discover what our preoccupation with the red planet says about us.

All of the books below are available to check out of the library. This list includes both new and classic science fiction, as well as a guide to all the questions a person might have about space travel.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? Now a major motion picture!

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Don’t have cash for HBO or Starz?

Premium cable can be expensive or, if you’re like me, you like to marathon an entire season of a show instead of waiting impatiently for the season to unfold.  (Thank you, Netflix for indulging me on this.)

Well, you Game of Thrones and Outlander fans, have we got the solution for you: Check out the book versions of your favorite series!

See all the additional people killed and maimed in books 1-5 of George R.R. Martin’s awesome fantasy epics before the new season starts on April 12 on HBO:

Game of Thrones Books 1-5 book spine image

The book series thus far. Will George RR Martin be able to finish the next book before HBO finishes it for him?

See how much manlier and brawnier Jamie is (and how different Frank is) in book 1 of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series before season 1, part 2 starts on April 4 on Starz:

Outlander book cover

Book 1 in the series of, currently, 8 big ol’ books

(Need more Jamie and Claire?  Ask a librarian about interlibrary loan to get your fix.)

Click on the images to go to the Durham Tech Library Catalog.