Tuesday, February 14, 2012

You've Seen the Movie Now Read the Book

This winter and spring are bursting with movies based on books. There are tons of Oscar nominees and upcoming releases to look forward too.  Why not read the books that inspired all those great actors, writers, directors, and producers to make their masterpieces?  As the saying goes: the book is always better than the movie--or is it? 

Let me know if you agree or disagree and try the following great books:

The Iron Lady--Oscar nominee--based on book The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to Prime Minister by John Campbell.

My Week with Marilyn--Oscar nominee--based on the book by Colin Clark.

The Hunger Games--one of the most highly anticipated movies since Harry Potter--Release date March 23rd--based on fantastic teen series by Suzanne Collins.

One for the Money--based on hilarious mystery series by Janet Evanovich. Released January 27th.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close--Oscar nominee--based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Think Like a Man--Release date March 9th--based on book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey.

Game Change--Release date March 10th--based on book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann.

The Descendants--Oscar nominee--based on the book by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo--Oscar nominee--based on Swedish crime thriller by Stieg Larsson.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy--Oscar nominee--based on book by John Le Carre'.

Moneyball--Oscar nominee--based on book Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael M. Lewis

Big Miracle--Released February 3rd--true life wildlife rescue based on book by Tom Rose.

We Need to Talk About Kevin--Released January 27th--based on book by Lionel Shriver.

The Help--Oscar nominee--based on wonderful book by Kathryn Stockett.

And for the kids in all of us:

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax--Release date March 2nd--based on book by Dr. Seuss of course!

War Horse--Oscar nominee--based on book by Michael Morpugo.

Hugo--Oscar nominee--based on book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

So let me know what you think!  Book or movie?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Two excellent memoirs that come to mind that were turned to Hollywood Fluff are Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat Pray Love' and Frances Mayes 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. Definitely read the books, and the film versions make excellent travelogs if planning a trip to Italy.