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Choose your own adventure...

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

Have you ever read a book and been totally disappointed by the ending?

Here are some books with famously disappointing endings:

And I'm sure you can name a few more...

I just barely finished I am the Messenger. I loved it but found that the character introduced in the last chapter to resolve the mystery was contrived and unbelievable. My disappointment caught me off guard because the other Markus Zusak books I've read were totally amazing. I tried to think of an improved conclusion for I am the Messenger, but decided that it is easier to criticize than it is to come up with a better idea.

I suppose it is not that uncommon to want a different outcome for a story. I guess this is partly why the idea of Choose Your Own Adventure is so appealing...

Choose Your Own Adventure came into being during the 1980s and was hugely popular throughout the 80s-90s. In 2005 the series was relaunched and remains quite popular today.

I enjoy Choose Your Own Adventure for many reasons. A world where you can select a variety of outcomes for your character is empowering and more complex than our generally linear approach to time and place. It embraces the idea of alternate realities existing concurrently and gives the reader the ability to see the outcomes of different decisions (the future) and explore these possibilities. The reader is more fully engaged in the creation of the story.

Some really cool movies have played with this idea too. The Butterfly Effect, Hot Tub Time Machine and of course, the classic Groundhog Day. In each of these movies, the results of decisions the character makes are played out in alternate lives. Much like a choose your own adventure, these films give us the satisfaction of seeing the many possible futures that can result from a character's choice.

More recently, the publishing company Simon and Schuster is taking choose your own adventure to a new level. They have launched an eBook for teens that invites the readers to vote on the outcome of the story. While an individual user will not have total power to choose their own adventure, their vote will count. Ultimately, the author (Jodi Lynn Anderson) is surrendering control of the storyline. The book, Loser/Queen is a serial and accepts votes from users on a weekly basis. It represents a new publishing format - the reader-composed novel. I'm interested to see how this catches on. It strikes me as a very successful venture from a marketing standpoint, what I'm curious about is how having reader guided text will affect the story in terms of quality and plotline. It'll be neat to see what readers choose--will it be a "happy" ending?

Breathless in Trinidad and Tobago

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Come check out a free film! Breathless in Trinidad & Tobago is a documentary film that demonstrates how youth can connect with their community and their culture.

Trinidad & Tobago is a beautiful twin island located in the Caribbean Sea. It has a total population of 1.3 million people. In the year 2008 over 500 murders took place in the country. The community of Gonzales is at the epicenter of the country’s many social and economic problems.

In 2008, Vincent T. Joachim and Jeff Cruz traveled to Gonzales, Trinidad and set up a free photography program with over 20 marginalized youth. The workshop documented the Carnival, the youth, their community and culture through hope and empowerment. The goal was to change the youth perspective, not just with a camera, but also in their everyday life. The documentary features the videography and photography of the youth.

Central Library—John Dutton Theatre

Tuesday June 8th from 6:30-9pm

We Don't Have It: What Now?

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Sometimes, the Library doesn't have the book, CD, or DVD that you really want. What do you do?

Tell us! Your opinion counts, and we often end up buying the stuff you want!

AND if we buy the item you ask for, we'll automatically put it on hold for you when we get it. Aren't we nice?

To get to the "Suggest a Title" page, click here or go to our homepage and click on "Contact Us" and then "Suggest a title."

Fright Night

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This Halloween season, we will be hosting vintage horror movie nights!

Teen Read Week @ the Movies is a fun new event - come watch The Haunting with your friends. This is the classic 1963 version, so don't expect blood and guts, but prepare to be scared! Haunting DVD

Space is limited at every location, except the spacious Library Theatre at Central. Screenings are at:

  • Fish Creek - October 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Country Hills - Oct 19 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Louise Riley - Oct 20 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Central - Oct 22 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Crowfoot - Oct 22 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Forest Lawn - Oct 23 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Join us if you dare!

Read the Movie

by Alexandra May - 1 Comment(s)

Tons of books are popping up on the silver screen lately! Movies based on books (mooks?) are a huge trend right now. Here are some of my favourites...

at the movies

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight Cover

Cirque du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant, by Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak Cover

Gossip Girl, by Cecily Von Ziegesar

gossip girl cover

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Speak

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (like Twilight, this one stars Kristen Stewart!)

...And here are some to watch for:

Beastly, by Alex Flinn

Beastly cover

The Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith (starts in Fall on the CW) ... see the trailer here!

Vampire Diaries


Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins ... you'll have to wait until 2011, but check out the book trailer and first chapter here!

New MoonNew Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (in theatres this November) ... Check out the movie tie-in covers for New Moon, here!

Can you do better than the producers? What book do you think should be turned into a TV show or movie?

Twilight - the movie

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The time has finally come! Twilight, the movie based on your favourite Stephanie Meyer's series is opening in theatres at midnight on November 21st. Do you have your tickets?

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie. How did it compare to the book? Did it live up to the hype? Was Robert Pattinson beautiful and hunky enough to play Edward?

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