Monthly Archives: February 2011

Little Red Riding Hood is all grown up…

I always get really excited when film-makers decide to release new versions of traditional fairy tales as films.  Usually, they give the film a bit of an edge and a lot more excitement than the tales we remember hearing as children.  In March, a film version of Little Red Riding Hood is going to be released.

The film, entitled, ‘Red Riding Hood’, is directed by Catherine Hardwicke and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.  Hardwicke was the director for the ‘Twilight’ films, and watching the trailer, you can certainly pick her style in this new adaptation.  This version of Red Riding Hood is billed as a horror film, and if you go back to the origins of the story, you’ll find that that is exactly what it was.  The original Red Riding Hood story came out of 17th century Europe and has been told and retold many times.

The film’s story is about a beautiful young woman named Valerie, torn between the man she loves (Peter) and the man her family have arranged for her to marry (Henry).  Just as Valerie and Peter decide to run away together, Valerie’s sister is killed by a werewolf that prowls the forest surrounding her village.  The beast, being a werewolf, is part man, part beast and the village becomes terrorised by the fact that the wolf could, in fact, be any one of them.

Sounds kind of different to the story you were told, doesn’t it?  Actually, the film sounds like it follows the more traditional version of Red Riding Hood.  In many traditional versions of the story, the wolf is indeed a werewolf and the story in general is far more sinister and scary.

So if you’d like to see the latest evolution of an old tale, check out the trailer below:


New things are afoot in the library!

If you’ve been into the library in the last few days, you will have noticed something big black and shiny on the wall!

We have just installed a lovely new flats screen television, on which we will be presenting all kinds of information.  Look out for information on new books, authors, your favourite genres or even news about the library and the school.   We’re also hoping that, eventually, some students might like to create some content that can be played on the screen.

Please come in and check out the new screen and let us know what you think! Any ideas for content are more than welcome!

Look to the stars!

If you wander around the Nicholas Library, you’ll soon notice that some of the books have stars stuck to their covers.  We have three types of stars – ‘Book of the Week’, ‘Highly Recommended’ ‘New to the Library’.  ‘Book of the week is pretty self explanatory! Any books with ‘Highly Recommended’ means that the novel has been read by either a student or by the library staff and has been enjoyed.  ‘New to the Library’ stars are put on the new books – usually the ones we’ve heard the most buzz about.

So if you see a book with a star on it, don’t be afraid to borrow it! And if you’d like to recommend a book to us, please let us know so we can slap a ‘Highly Recommended’ star on it.  Here’s what to look for:


Happy Reading! 🙂

The Reading Wiki is back in action!

Some of you might remember that last year saw the launch of the St Cath’s reading wiki.  What is it? Well, it’s basically a website that lists books from our library by genre.  Looking for a fantasy novel to read? There’s a list of those.  How about a romance novel? We’ve got a list of those too.  Thinking about reading a biography? We’ve got a great list of those!

If you’re unsure of what you want to read next, sometimes browsing by genre can really help you decide on your next novel.  Often, we read a novel from one particular genre and are hungry for more of the same.  If that’s your story, then this wiki is for you!  The lists are very clearly laid out:

If the Nicholas Library doesn’t have what you’re looking for, there’s even a page where you can suggest a novel for us.  We take your suggestions very seriously, and nine times out of ten, the library ends up getting hold of any novel that a student suggests.  We like to keep our readers happy!

Want to check it out? Click here to access the reading wiki…

Happy Reading! 🙂

Who dunnit?

Most of you are too young to remember the fashions of the eighties the first time round, but you’ve been reliving them in all their glorious technicoloured wonder during their comeback over the last few years!

Like fashion and music, books have revivals too. Agatha Christie is one of those writers whose books go through revivals of popularity, and recently her books have taken off yet again, surging in popularity once more. Christie began writing and publishing her ‘who dunnits’ in the 1920s, and with over two billion copies sold since then, she is the best-selling author of all time.

This lady defined the classic murder mystery plot line that we know and love, and her books remain intriguing as ever, all these years later. Her two detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, are the stars of her novels and are beloved by millions.

The Nicholas Library has always had copies of Agatha Christie’s novels for you to read but recently we’ve gotten in some copies with brand new funky covers. The publishers are definitely bringing Ms Christie’s work into the 21st century!

So if you’ve never delved into the world of Agatha Christie, or you’d like to return to some old school mystery, come on in and borrow one today!

Click on the link below to visit the official Agatha Christie website:


Never Let Me Go: from book to film

2011 is going to be another big year for some very well known books to be release as films. The film version of  Pittacus Lore’s ‘I am Number Four‘ is on its way to our screens, and you might have seen trailers for a great new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre‘.  One of the more intriguing adaptations that has literally just hit the cinemas is the film version of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, ‘Never Let Me Go’.

The story is based in an alternate reality, where children are cloned and raised to become organ donors for non clones, or ‘originals’.  Three of these children – Ruth, Kathy and Tommy – form a close relationship.  Although all three are destined to become donors who will ‘complete’ or die after a number of operations in which their organs are removed, the story looks at human experience and relationships.  Even though these donors are considered sub human, Ishiguro’s novel explores what it is to be human and how, no matter what our destiny, humans all share similar experiences.

Ruth, Kathy and Tommy are played by Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield in the film.  It’s quite a haunting film, and very compelling.  Why not have a read of the novel to complement your viewing of the film?