Monday, July 9, 2012

Reads from the Reel

Is the book better than the movie? You tell us! Check out these great books that were made into movies:

Author: Charlotte Bronte
Book: Jane Eyre
Movie: Jane Eyre 

Jane Eyre is a romantic drama written in 1847. It is considered to be a one of the gothic fiction romance novels and one of Charlotte Bronte’s greatest works. A confident, strong-willed Jane overcomes many obstacles and misfortunes in her tumultuous life to finally attain a job as a governess for the abrasive Mr. Rochester. Their relationship is full of angst, heartbreak and joy. The Masterpiece Theatre movie version adheres very closely to the storyline in the book.

Author: Bram Stoker
Book: The Jewel of Seven Stars
Movie: The Awakening

The book is about an archaeologist’s desire to resurrect an ancient Egyptian mummy queen. Written 6 years after his most notable novel Dracula, many claim The Jewel of Seven Stars is one of Stoker’s best supernatural horrors.  The 1980’s movie The Awakening is the screen adaptation of this book. Neither book nor film are available through ABC Libraries. Would you like to suggest a purchase?

Author: Rex Pickett
Book: Sideways
Movie: Sideways
Book Sequel: Vertical

Sideways follows Jack and Miles on their trip to California wine country for one last hoo-rah before Jack’s wedding. Jack is an actor who questions his upcoming marriage and Miles is a divorced, failing writer struggling with depression and self-destruction. Together they explore wine, women and themselves as their outrageous week unfolds. The book would be loved by those who appreciate the complexities of wine as well as human relationships. The movie would be loved by those who appreciate dark comedy along the road to overcoming life’s failures. 


Author: C.J. Kock

The Year of Living Dangerously is a political, romantic, thriller set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno. The story follows a group of journalists in Jakarta as the city falls into political upheaval.  Following the story wherever it leads, journalists Guy and Jill also find themselves falling in love. The suspense and political action come together in both the book and the movie, making both readers and viewers eager for more.

Author: Vikas Swarup
Book: Q & A

The story is about a young waiter in India named Ram Mohammad Thomas who finds himself emerging from the slums to win the Who Wants to be a Millionaire game show. Accused of cheating, he is arrested and put in prison. The book, Q & A won the South African Boeke Prize in 2006 and the Prix Grand Public at the 2007 Paris Book Fair. The 2008 movie, Slumdog Millionaire boasts 8 Academy awards, a few Golden Globes and a couple Grammys, among other awards.

Author: Upton Sinclair
Book: Oil!

The movie is based loosely on the book with a similar context but differences in characterization and several plot lines. The movie was not meant to follow the story of Oil! but rather to refer to it occasionally. What they do have in common is that they both are set in Southern California in the 1920’s. Both focus on successful businessmen in the growing oil industry. Both hint at the corruption of capitalism. Both the book and the movie are grim, socially twisted at times and often slow and difficult to endure. There is no argument, however, that Oil! is one of Upton Sinclair’s best thought-provoking works full of socialist undertones. There Will Be Blood, although very different in execution, also brags many accomplishments of its own. Winner of 2 Academy Awards and nominated for 11.

Other reel reads:

Author: Elmore Leonard
Book: Be Cool
Movie: Be Cool

Author: Stephen Hunter
Movie: Shooter

Author: Helen Fielding

Author: Ray Bradbury

Author: Ben Sherwood

Author: W.P. Kinsella

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