News: Books into Movies

027ddfecf5c1bfae5189e5384998607dJust a quick post to say that I’ve noticed that in my ‘to read pile’ are at least 6 books which have been or are in the progress of being made into movies.

These are:

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

As there’s a bit of a theme going on here I might have a month or maybe two concentrating on books that have been made into movies and blog about both! What do you think and have you got any recommendations for me?

Happy reading 🙂


  1. 28th February 2013 / 2:05 pm

    As a filmmaker, this has always been an interesting topic… for me the best book adaptations are nothing like the book. Why? Because different stuff make a book exciting and different things make a movie exciting, can’t have both the same. So for this reason my (so far) favourite book adaptations are: Crime and Punishment – Dostoyevsky -> Woody Allen: Match Point ; Neil Gaiman – Stardust -> Matthew Vaughn: Stardust (I read and saw the latter, both so different, but similar and interesting and gripping in different ways and levels, I found it very clever)

    Basically to adapt a book to movie means take the essence of the book (which can be a question, a topic, a relationship, a series of actions etc.) and make it into a visually exciting story that works as a movie. In my opinion a lot of book adaptation don’t really work because they are just shallow representations of written stories and they are sticking too much of the original idea of the book.

    Anyway, I could discuss this through a night, so better stop now 😀

  2. 1st March 2013 / 12:36 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Molly and leaving a thought provoking comment! I know, this is a great topic for a debate. Am interested to read Stardust, hadn’t realised this was a book before the movie 🙂

  3. 10th March 2013 / 11:36 am

    It’s a bit of a challenge, but I’ve started to slow-read Les Misérables this year, partly because even when writing abut the film, many people have said what an extraordinary book it is. And then there is The Life of Pi, a book I enjoyed immensely and also loved the film, not always the case.

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