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I loved the movie…now how do I find the book it was based on?

There’s nothing I love more than discovering a cool resource that ties directly to something I love. I’m a big fan of both books and movies, and thus often find myself irresistibly drawn to movies based on books (even if the movie ends up disappointing in comparison).  Sometimes a movie will lead me to a book I haven’t yet discovered, and vice versa.

Staff members at the Mid-Continent Public Library have created a really great resource designed for people who like movies and books and the links between them.  In a section of their web site called “Based on the Book,” staff members use the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) to compile a list of over 1,250 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into movies. The movies listed pertain to English-language, feature-length films released in the United States since 1980. While the list is not specific to YA/teen films and books, tons of YA films/books can be found on the list. The database is very user-friendly and can be viewed by Movie Title, Movie Release Year, Book Title, or Book Author.  Staff members periodically update the database, so be sure to check back every now and again!

The Mid-Continent Public Library consists of 30 branches serving Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Western Missouri. Be sure to check out their web site for access to some more great resources, including a terrific section for “Teens ” that includes recommendations (books, movies, music) and various lists of teen-relevant web content!