World War Z Film is Nothing Like the Book

Our One Book, One College selection for the 2013-2014 academic year is Max Brooks’ zombie apocalypse novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

We are excited that a film based on World War Z starring Brad Pitt will be released June 21. Wen we were looking at potential books for our One Book program, we thought that the film and the book would provide an interesting study on the connection between literature and movies.

As we are getting ready for the movie release, we are now seeing articles such as this from the Huffington Post: World War Z Author Says Movie and Novel Share Title Only.

The word on the street is that the movie has undergone serious revisions and re-shoots. Evidently, the movie has very little to do with the book. In fact, even the zombies are different. The book has the classic, slow zombies and the film has the super-charged, fast zombies. If you go to Max Brooks’ Facebook page, you’ll find some unhappy fans telling Mr. Brooks that he sold out when he gave away the movie rights.

Most of us in the library are excited to see the film just to see how different it will be from the book. Most importantly for MVCC students who have to read the book for classes, don’t just watch the movie and think you understand the book!

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