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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Cameos

Flavorpill, a guide to cultural events in NYC, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and London, recently posted a list of classic books that made cameo appearances in films ("Meta-reading: Literature Cameos in Film," Jan. 22, 2011) on its Flavorwire blog.

Among them are Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar in “10 Things I Hate About You,” The Cat in the Hat in “Adams’ Family Values,” The Catcher in the Rye in “The Shining,” and Corelli’s Mandolin in “Notting Hill.” The last was self-promotion, according to Flavorwire. “Notting Hill” director Robert Mitchell planned to direct the film version of Corelli’s Mandolin next, but became ill and had to drop out.

Whether to develop plot, character or share an inside joke, it’s reassuring when directors put books in the hands of their characters.

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