Books Being Made into Films in 2014


There has been a lot of interest in books being made into films recently with what seems like an exponential growth.From recently written Young Adult dystopian FIction such as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, to classic tales retold such as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Check out the lists below for what is being made in 2014 and the best adaptation of last year.

Film Adaptations 2014 30 Books Being Made into Films in 2014

chasing frogBest film adaptations in 2013

A-Z list of movies made from booksAn A-Z list of movies that have been adapted from or inspired by books

If this only whets your appetite for film adaptations then be sure to visit our very own comprehensive Books into Films Page here.

As the Cabra Library DVD collection grows this interest will naturally increase here at school too. We are approaching 600 titles in our constantly growing DVD loan collection. Please remember to have a parent/carer sign your student diary to allow you to borrow. View the complete list below:

DVDs for Loan Feb 2014

Author Richard Harland to Visit Cabra


Author BioAcclaimed author Richard Harland will once again visit Cabra College this Thursday 14th November for a series of talks, to promote his new novel, Song of the Slums. Harland is the author more than a dozen books including the Steampunk novels Worldshaker and Liberator. His new book Song of the Slums is once again set in the alternative historical fantasy world of Steampunk.

Richard’s novels and stories have won 6 Aurealis Awards and two French prizes, the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award and the Prix Lucioles. Worldshaker was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Literary Award, the Inky Award, and was adopted as a recommended school text by Queensland Education in 2012

Richard will visit Cabra College on Thursday 14th November. Signed copies of his books will be available for purchase at a mere $15. Please see Mr Bull in the Senior Library or Miss SB in the Middle School Library for details.

Check out the Richard Harland Links below for more info on the author.

Complete Bibliography of the author’s work.

Other Steampunk Novels to Consider

Steampunk Overview

New Film Adaptation of Tim Winton’s Book The Turning Released



It seems inevitable that if you write books as well as Tim Winton, sooner or later someone will make a movie of it. Thankfully, the film adaptations tend to be pretty good overall. Directors are wise not to stray too far from the deft plotting and lyrical sophistication of our acclaimed writer’s stories. In the Winter Dark, That Eye, The Sky and now The Turning have all been translated for the screen. Whilst The former two are quite faithful representations of Winton’s originals, The Turning stands out as a unique and ambitious cinematic experiment.

In order to imaginatively transpose the 17 distinct but linked short stories from this volume, producer/director Robert Connolly has invited 17 individual directors and their crews to each interpret a single story. The result is impressive and at over three hours long immersive, in the way every Tim Winton book seems to be.

Packing some stellar Australian acting talent with amongst others, Rose ByrneCate Blanchett, and Hugo Weaving, Miranda OttoRichard RoxburghThe Turning absorbs the viewer just as the original set of stories did.

Showing in most capital cities for a limited time.

Dogs in Fiction


dog booksThere are many inspirations for writing but some seem to crop up more than others. Animals and dogs in particular have provided the narrative drive for countless novels and short stories. Having recently rescued a four-year old miniature bull terrier ourselves, I started to reflect on all the stories I knew where a dog was the driving force.

Check out the links below for a veritable panoply of canine fiction; classic, modern and contemporary.

The Dog and the Novel: Loyal Companions by Beth Carswell from Abe Books.

Great “Dog” books from Goodreads’ Listopia.

Amazon’s Listmania selection of lists of dogs in fiction books.

Reading Bugs Dog Book lists, from picture books all the way to adult fiction.

Website of the Week: The Internet Speculative Fiction Database


Utah Speculative Fiction Council logo

Utah Speculative Fiction Council logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISFDBThis week’s Website of the Week is The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISFDB.org is a comprehensive database of information about authors writing what has been termed “Speculative Fiction”.  Wikipedia defines this as “an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and
post-apocalyptic fiction
, and alternate history in literature as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts”.

The site is a real treasure trove of information on some of the most interesting and influential writers in the history of fiction.

Your Brain On Fiction


New research has shown that reading fiction stimulates your brain in important and unexpected ways. Beliefs long-held by librarians and teachers about the intrinsic value of reading stories could now be backed up by the latest findings in neuroscience. Anne Murphy Paul reports, “brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.” Read the full New York Times article here.