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The Book Nook: Stories Hitting the Big Screen in 2016

This year looks promising for readers as many of their favorite plot lines make their theater debuts. Two of the most anticipated stories are “The Royal We” by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling.

“The Royal We”

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In 2015, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan chose to write a book that fed the fire of society’s obsession with Britain’s royal family. We are bombarded daily by photos of Prince George, watch an E! series aptly titled “The Royals” and now our favorite British love story is being put on the big screen.

The main plot line in “The Royal We” focuses on Rebecca Porter, more commonly known as Bex, as she attends Oxford. As an identical twin, Bex not only is able to separate herself from her double but also become her own person. While at Oxford, Bex meets Prince Nicholas, also a student there, and strikes up a relationship with him.

This novel does its best to take the reader inside the mind of the royal family. Both the positives and negatives are shown to Bex as she spends time with Nick. Throughout the entire book, the authors do a great job at staying away from predictable moves. Although this is a definitely a romance novel, the reader is never quite sure how it will end.

The movie, set to be released in 2016, features Emilia Clarke from “Game of Thrones” and “Hunger Games” star Sam Claflin as the leads.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

J.K. Rowling has made herself into a household name by writing the infamous Harry Potter books and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” tells the tale of yet another amazing wizarding adventure.

The novel, written by J.K. Rowling, was originally released in 2000 under the pseudonym Newt Scamander. “Fantastic Beasts” is like a dictionary or an encyclopedia for magical creatures. It starts with an introduction written from Albus Dumbledore’s perspective and then goes on to describe different “beasts.”

Each animal is rated by The Ministry of Magic on a scale from boring (X) to known wizard killer (XXXXX). Some creatures are familiar to avid Harry Potter fans, like the Hungarian Horntail, and others, like the Quintaped, are brand new. The book gives information about where each animal lives, what it eats and what to do if you encounter it.

The “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film uses J.K. Rowling’s text as a foundation for a magical storyline. The film is set 70 years before the existence of Harry Potter in New York City and follows the main character, Newt Scamander as he searches for escaped magical creatures. The characters hope to strike a balance between magicians and muggles as they round up their animals.

The movie, set to be released in November of 2016, features Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and J.K. Rowling as a screenwriter. Warner Brothers has also said that if all goes according to plan, this film is the first of a trilogy.

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