Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Books to Movies

This fall there are a plethora of movies coming out that are based on books. Seems great but I am always suprised at how little publicity that the author of the original book gets when the movie comes out; most times it is not even mentioned that the film was based on a book. Scandalous! For me, that seems like a pretty important piece of information, but then again I am just a nerdy librarian. Do you think that if the general public knew that the movie was based on a book they might want to read the book afterwards? Probably not, but it is a hopeful thought. Anyway, here are some of the movies that are coming out:
  • "Love in the Time of Cholera" based on the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel stars Benjamin Bratt and Javier Bardem.

  • "Mist" is based on a story by Stephen King that appeared in "Dark Forces" and "Skeleton Crew".

  • "Atonement" is based on the Ian McEwan novel, and the movie stars Keira Knightley and Vanessa Redgrave.

  • "The Other Boleyn Girl" (great book, by the way) was written by Philippa Gregory, and is only one of her novels based on Henry VIII. The movie stars Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson.

And for the kids...

  • "The Golden Compass" based on Philip Pullman's very popular Dark Materials series. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (should 007 be in a kids movie?).

  • "Charlie Wilson's War" based on the book by George Crile, and starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

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