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Books on Film

February 16, 2012

It’s awards season (for movies, this time)… but of course, the Oscars and the Golden Globes are about books, too. Among this year’s nominees are movies based on outstanding books including The Help, My Week with Marilyn, The Descendants, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.


Coming in the next year we are excited to see films/TV adaptions of The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, Life of Pi, The Borrowers, World War Z, and others.



A few of my  all-time favorite movies-based-on-books are:

The Princess Bride, based on The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman. This is one of those movies that I’d seen several times and never even knew it was based on a book until I saw the book in a library one day.

Julie & Julia, based on Julie and Julia by Julie Powell and on the delicious, heartbreaking, and hilarious My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. What I knew about Julia Child was based mainly on occasionally watching re-runs of her cooking show, and reading her autobiography made me appreciate her for her wit, her kindness, her sass, and for lack of a better word, her awkwardness.  Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci are utterly lovable in the movie as Julia and Paul.

The Sound of Music, based on Maria Augusta von Trapp’s memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. It’s a classic.

I could go on… there’s also The Virgin Suicides; Girl, Interrupted; Water for Elephants; any number of movies based on comic books, The Wizard of Oz; etc., etc.

What are some of your favorite movies based on books? Which books do you think should be adapted for film? Which have been adapted but really shouldn’t have been? Which movies ended up being better than the book? (I have a strong vote for one of those: The Devil Wears Prada)


This is my last post on the Just the Right Book blog – but our new blogger, Whitney, will be taking over soon. Welcome, Whitney!

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