Monthly Archives: October 2012

Why Hasn’t Hollywood Made These Books Into Movies?

Since Hollywood is known for its book-to-movie adaptations, it’s surprising that some of the most well-regarded novels of our time have gone seemingly unnoticed by the film industry. Here are some of our favorite books that we think would work well on the big screen:

THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen

This novel has everything: family drama, dark humor, family drama, epic subplots that cover different parts of the globe, and lots of family drama. Did we mention family drama? If this became a film, we could see most of the ensemble getting serious awards attention, because the main parts are just that good. Not to mention that The Corrections is one of the most acclaimed novels in the past three decades.

THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, by Junot Diaz

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Oscar Wao is a dazzling and highly cinematic piece of literature. Covering centuries of Dominican and American history, this novel seems set for a sprawling adaptation. The novel is highly idiosyncratic and part of the joy of reading it is found in Diaz’s crazy use of footnotes and the Spanish language, but we’d love to see what a brave director could do with this material.

THE PRIVILEGES, by Jonathan Dee

Like The Corrections, The Privileges largely focuses on intense family drama. But unlike The Corrections, where everything unravels, much of The Privileges is about existential ennui, about the little moments amidst all the craziness. The novel even opens with a lengthy, entrancing wedding scene that would work marvelously on screen. Why hasn’t this been adapted already? It’s much more accessible than our other two choices.

 

Featured Pinterest: Love of Books

This weeks board comes from what appears to be a fashionista’s mind. Mimi B’s Love of Books board finds its home among other boards about the latest fashion trends and elegant house decorations. This theme translates over to her selection of book related pins. She has a large amount of pictures of physical locations that all relate back to a book. For example, she gives her followers a picture of Yorkshire, explaining it with a quote from one of her favorite books, One Day by David Nicholls.

There are a number of One Day related pins, such as different versions of book covers and quotes from the book. She does this for other books, too, such as A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Leaving the Comfort Cafe by Dawn DeAnna Wilson and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson, among others.

Unlike the other boards, Mimi gives her followers a more comprehensive collection of bookish images. She doesn’t just show the cover of her favorite book, but she shows photographed quotes and pictures of the settings and anything else she can find. This ekphrastic quality is added on to by her fashion taste in her other boards, and is part of the reason why this particular board jumped out to us.

Like most bookish boards we stumble upon, Mimi showcases some beautiful literary gems. She finds items that are a must-have in the home of any book lover. For all of you flapper-aged souls:

Some of the quotes she finds are also worth a mention. There are an assortment of chuck-worthy someecards and relatable bookfession posts. There are even items such as mugs and bookmarks with quotes on them. They’re all worth a good laugh, and maybe even a sigh of frustration for wanting to buy something you know you don’t need (but won’t it look beautiful in your bookshelf?) My personal favorite quote:

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Overall, this board brought us a refreshing amount of variety. Though it is certainly bookish, it isn’t completely fixated on book images alone. It showed us new sites, kind of like a really good book can do. But that isn’t to say that it lacked the simple yet classic bookish pictures. They may not be as exciting as some of the other finds, like those Gatsby cigarettes, but these images are priceless.

From Page to Screen: Upcoming Movie Adaptations from Famous Filmmakers

As the film year comes to a close and Oscar season heats up, we have our eyes set on three movie adaptations of popular books that will soon arrive in American theaters.

First, scheduled to come out on November 16 is Joe Wright’s (director of AtonementPride & Prejudice) adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley in the title role.

The film looks visually stunning, and with Wright’s pedigree, it should be good. Trailer.

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On November 21, Oscar contender Life of Pi, directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee (director of Brokeback MountainCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), is set to be released. The novel sounds practically unfilmable:

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with aBengal tiger.

However, the  buzz about the film is only building. Trailer.

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Finally, Peter Jackson’s (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong) long-awaited adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit debuts on December 14.

After The Lord of the Rings films seized audiences’ hearts around the world, Jackson has a tough act to follow! Trailer.