Booking Through Thursday: Movies and books


Here is this week’s Booking Through Thursday:

Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?

Several movies from books have made me want to read the book. In fact, I’ve discovered writers like Michael Chabon after I’ve seen movies made from their books. I saw the film version of Wonder Boys before I read the novel. Both are equally good, and neither disappoints. On the other hand, Sideways — another novel I read after seeing the film — disappointed me. The novel isn’t horrible, but gets derailed by some contrived plot points that are rehashed or deleted in the film, making the film an excellent adaptation.

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2 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Movies and books

  1. Todd,

    I am with you on Wonder Boys–love the movie, and it has interested me in the book. Also I watched Into the Wild before reading the book and both are excellent. In fact, the movie is more vivid, being a movie, and goes farther than the book in showing family dysfunction. Of course, being a movie, it could have been fictionalized, except the family cooperated and Chris McCandless’s sister narrated. A part that was fictionalized or heavily dramatized per the book was Chris’s relationship with a girl and I doubt Sean Penn did additional research there. What that did, however, was underscore how much Chris turned his back on, so it served emotional, dramatic truth. In any case, a great movie.

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