Readers this year either saw the movie and wanted to read the book or decided they better hurry up and read the book before everyone started talking about the movie.
Or perhaps movie trailers are also excellent promotions for libraries.
Nearly all of the most popular materials at the Buffalo & Erie County Library System in 2014 had a cinematic connection, with the exceptions being new offerings from perennially best-selling authors.
The most requested book of the year, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, did not have a movie connection, but it didn’t need one. It had Oprah. Even before its official publication date in January, the book was an Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick.
The next two most-requested books were the YA best seller from 2012, “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green, which hit the big screen this year, and Donna Tartt’s massive 864-page “The Goldfinch,” published late in 2013, in time to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in April and to be useful in pressing spring flowers and holding doors open.
John Grisham’s “Sycamore Road” was the top adult fiction choice, followed by Janet Evanovich’s “Takedown Twenty” – No. 20 in the Stephanie Plum series – and “Cross My Heart” from the book factory known as James Patterson, who produced 19 books this year, counting his YA series and joint authorship books.
Laura Hillenbrand’s magnificent story of wartime survival, “Unbroken,” published in 2010 and a Christmas movie release, was No. 1 on the adult nonfiction list.
“Killing Jesus: A History,” by Bill O’Reilly, and 2010’s “Heaven Is for Real,” by Todd Burpo, released as a movie this year, was No. 3.
The most requested nonfiction e-book was “Yes Please,” by Amy Poehler, and “Invention of Wings” also was No. 1 in e-book fiction requests.
The most popular nonfiction e-book, “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed, had a double boost, becoming a Reese Witherspoon movie and getting Oprah’s blessing.
“Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn and starring Ben Affleck on screen, was the most popular fiction e-book.
All three top YA books made it to the screen this year: “Mockingjay,” a “Hunger Games” book by Suzanne Collins; “Divergent,” another dystopian tale, by Veronica Roth; and yet more dystopia, 1993’s “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry.
If frightening alternative societies were a theme for teens, children’s fiction looked at its readers’ here-and-now problems.
All three top books were from Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series: “Cabin Fever,” “Dog Days” and “Hard Luck,” if you’re keeping track. (The library didn’t say if the other six books in the series held positions 4 through 9.)
Children’s nonfiction also had a theme. All three are LEGO books: “The LEGO Ideas Book,” “LEGO Play Book,” and “The LEGO Movie: The Essential Guide.”
And the most downloaded songs were Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend singing “All of Me.”