Archive for the ‘Film & TV Tie-ins’ Category


Store Bits: Free Comic Book Day, Ziggy Marley, Power Couples and Spotlight on Romance

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Were you one of the people that came by our stores on May 3rd as part of Free Comic Book Day?  Our Luke snapped a few pictures of the ABC Amsterdam First Floor Crew getting into the spirit of things…  :-)  If you missed it, no worries: the next one is on May 2nd, 2015!

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Our Rick got Ziggy Marley to sign his copy of I Love You, Too (ebook available here).

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Luke spotted Batman and Cleopatra on ABC Amsterdam’s Film & TV shelf.  I think he’s spot-on in thinking this could be the perfect power couple!

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And not one but two Romance tidbits!  First of all, I have to blush a little bit because Suzanne from Kattebelle.com wrote a lovely blog post about one of the Blind Book Dates from my Romance section at ABC The Hague.  So fun to read the book’s journey, and I really hope she’ll enjoy the incendiary book…  ;-)  (There’s an ebook here, although we can’t quite wrap those up, so it won’t exactly be a blind date!)

Also, at ABC The Hague there’s a bit of a spotlight the coming month on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  If you’re like me you’ve been impatiently awaiting the new instalment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.  It’s due out in June, so that’s just enough time to complete your series, reread all the previous titles or else get someone else hooked, don’t you think?  The first part of the series, Outlander, is now only €8,99!  (Ebook available under its UK title, Cross Stitch.)

A Song of Ice and Fire: The Books behind HBO’s Game of Thrones

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Elizabeth Eckhart

George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has gained immense popularity from the HBO television adaptation, Game of Thrones. The show has caused quite a frenzy, and even caused many fans to pick up the books in order to discover the fate of their favorite characters. What they may find in the novels, however, is a much deeper story than they ever knew existed.

While the show relies entirely on action and what viewers can see, the books delve deeply into each character’s inner thoughts. The chapters are told in third person from over 30 different points of view, and George R. R. Martin is a master at getting inside each and every one of their heads. In the books, popular characters such as Jon Snow, Daenerys and Tyrion are even more multi-layered than in the show – not only are they more complex, but often they are nastier than the generally morally correct versions viewers are shown on-screen.

Catelyn Stark, another primary example, is a popular point of view character in Martin’s books, but the show entirely removes her cold behavior toward Jon Snow, her husband Ned’s alleged bastard son. In the novels, she is resentful that Ned brought home an illegitimate child and is often cruel toward Jon, but the show softens her bitterness to a few measly remarks. With more time focused on her internal thoughts in the books, readers are able to become acquainted with her and have sympathy for her, despite her flaws, as is the case for several other characters as well.

It seems unlikely that HBO will truly be able to manage the growing cast of characters in the television format. After his third book, A Storm of Swords, Martin began to add so many point of view characters that he could not tell all of their stories within one installment. Only half of the characters appear in A Feast for Crows, and the other half appear in the fifth novel,  A Dance of Dragons. The events of the two books are simultaneous until the timeline catches up in the final chapters of Dance.

George R.R. Martin is known for making his fans wait years for his books, as long as half a decade, and many fear that the show (the fourth season of which is already done filming and set to premiere in the Netherlands on HBO tonight) will catch up to the events of the books before he is able to finish them. Especially since the wait for the sixth book, The Winds of Winter, is likely to be long as well.

Besides feeling the heat of the show’s progress, fans are also worried that that perhaps Martin himself will never finish the series, (he is after all, in his 60’s and above a healthy weight) in which case no one would ever find out who wins the game of thrones and rules the seven kingdoms. Show fans are busy worrying if Daenerys will ever make it to Westeros, but fans of the book are more concerned regarding the multiple additional mysteries that may never be resolved.

For example, Jon Snow’s parentage is a huge unanswered question in the series, and many fans suspect that he is not actually Ned’s bastard, but perhaps the offspring of Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark, instead. Another unsolved mystery is the identity of Azor Ahai, the legendary hero who wields the sword Lightbringer (according to a prophecy). Under the influence of the red sorceress Melisandre, Stannis Baratheon believes himself be Azor Ahai, but many suspect Azor Ahai is actually Daenerys or Jon.

With the huge amount of character threads and plots that have arisen in Martin’s most recent book, it seems almost impossible for each character’s story to be tied up conclusively. Because of Martin’s tendency toward complexity, a clear “winner” of the Iron Throne seems unlikely, and perhaps the seven kingdoms of Westeros will be ruled independently, rather than having one true king.

Martin has stated that the ending he anticipates writing is “bittersweet.” Indeed, fans want concrete answers, but it is still unclear whether Martin will deliver them (after all, Martin is known for not catering to his fans’ wishes regarding plot). Much of his writing focuses on the journey rather than the outcome, but there is no question that the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series is a thrilling journey for its readers.

Elizabeth can be found on Twitter @elizeckhart.

Ebooks are available for each separate title as well as for the entire series (so far) in one:  A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons (part 1 and part 2) and altogether.

Win tickets to The Invisible Woman!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

In 1857, the 45 year-old Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) falls in love with 18 year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), who will be his muse/mistress for the rest of his life. Years later, the new life she has made is haunted by that guilty secret relationship.

Based on Claire Tomalin’s book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens (ebook), this is Ralph Fiennes second turn at directing. It premieres in Dutch theaters on March 27th.

We are giving away 3×2 tickets to The Invisible Woman!

All you have to do is answer the following question: Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas (Mrs. Frances Ternan in the movie) starred together in another blockbuster that was based on a very famous book. What was the title of that book and the name of its author?

Mail your answers to win@abc.nl by March 17th for a chance to win free tickets! Please include “Dickens” in the subject of your mail.

Saw the Movie? Read the Book!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

These February movies are based on books:


The Monuments Men: based on the book with the same title by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter (ebook here).  In 2007, Mr. Edsel founded the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art.

Twelve Years a Slave: based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup (ebook here).  The director, Steve McQueen, got the idea for this movie from his Dutch partner, who had read Northup’s book and was bowled over by it.

Winter’s Tale: based on Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel with the same title.  Please read this book; it’s beautifully written, dreamlike, inventive, funny – Literature with a capital L.  The kind of book that leaves you scratching your head in confusion as you wonder how it didn’t win any kind of award.  Thank you Akiva Goldsman for filming it; hopefully many people will discover it now!

Bonus movies based on books:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 isn’t based on a book, but the original is: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett.

De Superheld (De tøffeste gutta) is based on an Arne Svingen book.  We’re thinking it’s also called De tøffeste gutta, but we’re not sure because we don’t speak Norwegian very well.  It’s not been translated into English, that’s for sure.

Saw the movie? Read the book!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

These January movies are based on books:


Ender’s Game: Based on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (ebook here).  Did you notice Harrison Ford took out his earring for this role?

Parkland: Based on Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi.  Although based on a true story and depicting real-life people, the end credits state: “All characters in this film are fictional and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.” (source: IMDb)

Philomena: Based on The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith (ebook here)(retitled to Philomena for the movie).  Did you know Judi Dench is “only” 5′ 1″ (1,55 m) tall?

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Based on the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber.  Tagline: Stop dreaming. Start living.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Based, not on a specific book, but on the character Jack Ryan as created by Tom Clancy.  Ryan first appeared in 1984, in The Hunt for Red October (ebook here).  Personal quote by Tom Clancy: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

The Wolf of Wall Street: Based on The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort (ebook here).  An oopsie: During the interview at the FBI office, the evidence box moves by itself to right next to Belfort. (source: IMDb)

The Book Thief: Based on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ebook here).  In this film, Death has a voice. POSSIBLY SOMETHING LIKE THE VOICE OF DISCWORLD’S DEATH.

Edited to add: The Congress: “Inspired by” The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem (ebook here).  Director Ari Folman’s previous movie was Waltz with Bashir.

Bonus movies based on books:

I, Frankenstein: Based on the (currently unavailable) graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.  Director/writer Stuart Beattie is known for co-screenwriting parts 2 and 3 of Pirates of the Caribbean.