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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Books Into Movies

As a film buff I look forward to the Academy Awards each year and I’ll definitely be settled in front of my TV for a couple of hours this Sunday. Also, as a book lover I’m always pleased when a good book has made it into film. This year four of the best picture nominees have books as their starting points. They include “True Grit” based on the Charles Portis novel of the same name; “The Social Network” based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; “127 Hours” based on Between a Rock and a Hard Place by rock climber Aron Ralston; and “Winter’s Bone,” based on a novel Daniel Woodrell.

While my best picture favorite, “The King’s Speech,” is not based on a book, it’s screenwriter, David Seidler, has been nominated for best screenplay, a testament to the art of the well-written film.

Good books continue to make good movies. Here’s a few more that will be released or made into movies in 2011:

Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

One Day by David Nicholls

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