Antiheroes: Books to Screen

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Many compelling antiheroes have made the leap from a book to the screen.  Here is a sampling for those who love the question "Was the book or the movie/show better?"


Michael Radford, Simon Perry, John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
Description: Nineteen eighty-four: Winston Smith endures a squalid existence in totalitarian Oceania under the constant surveillance of Big Brother. When he starts an illegal love affair, he becomes the target of a brain-washing campaign to force him to conform.Crime and punishment: A modern version of Dostoyevsky's classic of one man's search for the true meaning of his existence.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Anthony Burgess
Description: Burgess' satire of the present inhumanity of man to man through a futuristic culture where teenagers rule with violence.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Anthony Burgess, Tom Hollander, Harper Audio (Firm)
Description: Shocking, radical, and thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange remains an enduring novel by Anthony Burgess. With the tone of a nightmarish comedy, Burgess satirically envisions a warped future in which gangs of sadistic youths rule the streets after dark. Meet Alex, a 15-year-old boy who enjoys rape, ultraviolence, and Beethoven.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Bret Easton Ellis
Description: "In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront"--Publisher's website.
Call Number: FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner, Edward R. Pressman, Chris (Film producer) Hanley, Christian Halsey Solomon
Description: A young, handsome man with a Harvard education and success on Wall Street has terrible urges that take him in pursuit of women, greed, and murder.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Description: Determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will, Raskolnikov, and impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the Tsars, commits an act of murder and theft and sets into motion a story which, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its profundity of characterization and vision, is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world.
Call Number: FIC Dos
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, George Guidall
Description: Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game.
Call Number: FIC Dos
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Description: Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is one of the world's first psychological thrillers. A mesmerizing detective story with an intriguing and multifarious central character, Crime and Punishment hinges on the ethical dilemmas and angst of the student Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov who plans and implements the murder of a ruthless pawnbroker. Rodion convinces himself that in killing her he will both solves his financial problems and divests the world of a wicked leech. But can he commit a murder and escape all consequences?
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Jeffry P Lindsay
Description: Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened -- of himself or some other fiend.
Call Number: FIC Lin
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Jeffry P Lindsay, Nick Landrum
Description: Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect handsome gentleman, but appearances are decieving. He is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy--he only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought: am I being challenged?
Call Number: FIC Lin
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King, Luna. 1964- Vélez
Description: Orphaned as a child and adopted by a police officer, Dexter has an insatiable passion for killing. So his father helps him channel this passion into becoming a cop and killing those who slip through the cracks of justice.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Chuck Palahniuk
Description: When a listless office employee meets Tyler Durden, his ho-hum life takes a dramatic turn as a contender in amateur bare-knuckle street fighting matches that soon develop a fanatical following.
Call Number: FIC Pal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, 1947- Meat Loaf (Vocalist)
Description: When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggression into therapeutic "fight clubs", an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
David O. Selznick, Sidney Coe Howard, Victor Fleming, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
Description: Focuses on the life and loves of the beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara. The story begins on the O'Haras' Georgia plantation of Tara in antebellum days and moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Margaret Mitchell
Description: Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell's magnificent historical epic is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler. - Amazon
Call Number: FIC Mit
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Call Number: FIC Nab
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Stanley Kubrick, Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, James B. Harris, James Mason, Shelley Winters
Description: Stanley Kubrick's sixth film is a brilliant, sly adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's celebrated yet infamous 1955 novel. It chronicles a middle-aged literature professor's unusual and doomed sexual passion/obsession for a seductively precocious pubescent "nymphet" named Lolita. Thanks to the film industry's production code, the film is mostly suggestive, with numerous double entendres and metaphoric sexual situations, while the story has been transformed into a black comedy and murder mystery. The film lacks the element that enabled most readers to understand the novel--Humbert Humbert's exquisite inner voice. As a consequence the film is big, luxurious, and full of a barren, cold humor, yet a visual tour-de-force in elegant black-and-white.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Adrian Lyne, Stephen Schiff, Ennio Morricone, Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith
Description: A middle-aged man marries an oppressive widow in order to be near and carry on an affair with her nymphet daughter.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Max L Raab, Si Litvinoff, Stanley Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee
Description: Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap dancing, violating, Derby-topped hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has a good time -- at the tragic expense of others in A Clockwork Orange--Cover insert.
Call Number: SciFi/Fantasy
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Geraldine James, Goran Visnjic, Joely Richardson
Description: Hoping to distance himself from the fallout of a libel conviction, journalist Mikael Blomkvist retreats to a remote island in Sweden's far north where the unsolved murder of a young girl still haunts her industrialist uncle forty years later. Ensconced in a cottage on the island where the killer may still roam, Blomkvist's investigation draws him into the secrets and lies of the rich and powerful, and throws him together with one unlikely ally: tattooed, punk hacker, Lisbeth Salander.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Niels Arden Oplev, Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Stieg Larsson, Music Box Films
Description: Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found and her beloved uncle is convinced she was murdered and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.
Call Number: 839.72 Gir
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Stieg Larsson, Inc OverDrive
Description: The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald
Description: James Gatz, a self-educated nobody from North Dakota, amasses a fortune and adopts the persona of Jay Gatsby, an Oxford-educated man about town. His motive? To win back the heart of Daisy, the woman he loved in his youth. Daisy is now married to Tom Buchanan, a brutal, ignorant racist who embodies the corruption that can come with unlimited wealth.
Call Number: FIC Fit
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
Description: The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922. Chasing his own American dream, Nick lands next door to Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her husband, Tom Buchanan. Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the rich and their loves and deceits. As he bears witness, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams, and tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald, Tim Robbins
Description: James Gatz, a self-educated nobody from North Dakota, amasses a fortune and adopts the persona of Jay Gatsby, an Oxford-educated man about town. His motive? To win back the heart of Daisy, the woman he loved in his youth. Daisy is now married to Tom Buchanan, a brutal, ignorant racist who embodies the corruption that can come with unlimited wealth.
Format: eAudiobook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Patricia Highsmith
Description: The cunning schemes of a young American ne'er-do-well, who travels to Italy on an unusual assignment.
Call Number: FIC Hig
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Anthony Minghella, Patricia Highsmith
Description: Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. He's hired to go to Italy to bring back he playboy son of a millionaire and soon is plunged into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Patricia Highsmith
Description: The cunning schemes of a young American ne'er-do-well, who travels to Italy on an unusual assignment.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
William Makepeace Thackeray, John Carey
Description: The story of the amoral beauty Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to climb the social ladder, and her sentimental companion Amelia, who falls for a caddish soldier, presents a panoramic satire of Regency society.
Call Number: FIC Tha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
Mira Nair, Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne
Description: Becky is determined to make something of herself. She accepts a job as a nanny for the children of Sir Pitt Crawley. Becky catches the eye of Crawley's son Rawdon. Becky is introduced to London's most exclusive social circle, where she becomes re-acquainted with Amelia. Becky weds Rawdon, but the social and economic stability she dreamed of begins to collapse when he begins drowning his troubles, and soon she turns to the powerful Marquess of Steyne for support. Meanwhile, Amelia's fortunes fall even harder following the death of her husband.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
William Makepeace Thackeray
Description: No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles--military and domestic--are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.
Format: eBook
Date Added: Apr 30, 2020
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1984 [DVD] ; Crime & Punishment
Michael Radford, Simon Perry, John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
Drama
Lolita [DVD]
Stanley Kubrick, Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, James B. Harris, James Mason, Shelley Winters
Drama
A Clockwork Orange [By] Anthony Burgess.
Anthony Burgess
FIC Bur
Lolita [DVD]
Adrian Lyne, Stephen Schiff, Ennio Morricone, Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith
Drama
A Clockwork Orange [Electronic Resource]
Anthony Burgess, Tom Hollander, Harper Audio (Firm)
Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange [DVD].
Max L Raab, Si Litvinoff, Stanley Kubrick, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee
SciFi/Fantasy
American Psycho
Bret Easton Ellis
FIC Ell
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [DVD]
Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Geraldine James, Goran Visnjic, Joely Richardson
Drama
American Psycho [DVD]
Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner, Edward R. Pressman, Chris (Film producer) Hanley, Christian Halsey Solomon
Drama
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [DVD].
Niels Arden Oplev, Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Stieg Larsson, Music Box Films
839.72 Gir
Crime And Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
FIC Dos
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [Electronic Resource]
Stieg Larsson, Inc OverDrive
Crime And Punishment [Audiobook]
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, George Guidall
FIC Dos
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald
FIC Fit
Crime And Punishment [Electronic Resource]. Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Great Gatsby [DVD]
Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
Drama
Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Jeffry P Lindsay
FIC Lin
The Great Gatsby [Electronic Resource]
F. Scott (Francis Scott) Fitzgerald, Tim Robbins
Darkly Dreaming Dexter [Audiobook]
Jeffry P Lindsay, Nick Landrum
FIC Lin
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Patricia Highsmith
FIC Hig
Dexter. The First Season, Discs 1 & 2 [DVD].
Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King, Luna. 1964- Vélez
Drama
The Talented Mr. Ripley [DVD]
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Anthony Minghella, Patricia Highsmith
Drama
Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk
FIC Pal
The Talented Mr. Ripley [Electronic Resource]
Patricia Highsmith
Fight Club [DVD]
David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, 1947- Meat Loaf (Vocalist)
Drama
Vanity Fair : A Novel Without A Hero
William Makepeace Thackeray, John Carey
FIC Tha
Gone With The Wind [DVD]
David O. Selznick, Sidney Coe Howard, Victor Fleming, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
Drama
Vanity Fair [DVD]
Mira Nair, Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne
Drama
Gone With The Wind.
Margaret Mitchell
FIC Mit
Vanity Fair [Electronic Resource]
William Makepeace Thackeray
Lolita
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
FIC Nab