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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Based on the Book

To get a head start on upcoming films based on books, check out the “Books Into Movies” feature at www.bookreporter.com. April flicks based on the written word include “The Ruins,” adapted from the horror novel by Scott Smith; “Life Before Her Eyes,” based on a book by Laura Kasischke; “Then She Found Me,” adapted from a novel by Elinor Lipman and “Nim’s Island” based on a children’s book by Wendy Orr.

Other recent films made from books include "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” based on the book by Winifred Watson; “Paranoid Park,” adapted from a novel by Blake Nelson; and of course “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.”

If you enjoy comparing books to film, here’s a few events that may interest you:

Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Lights, Action, Camera! Movie Night at the Library! Enjoy great books made into great movies. Refreshments will be served. Adults. No registration is required. Oakton Library. 703-242-4020.

Sunday, April 13, 1 p.m.
Hollywood History. How accurate are Hollywood's images of historical events? Film followed by a discussion. Call for film title. Adults. George Mason Regional Library. 703-256-3800.

Tuesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.
Golden Oldies. Movies from Hollywood's golden age. Call for film title. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Adults. George Mason Regional Library. 703-256-3800.

Got a favorite book to film adaptation? Let us know.

2 comments:

patrick said...

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who is classic, i forgot how much that guy packed into such simple storylines... they didn't add much to the original story either except for the usual Jim-Carryisms.

James Smith said...

Oh no!!! You forgot the most interesting book that was just turned into a movie. "21" with the lovely Kate Bosworth is based on "Bringing down the house : the inside story of six M.I.T. students who took Vegas for millions " by Ben Mezrich. This was an excellent book, and a very entertaining movie.