Thursday, August 11, 2011

Books into Movies

The Help is coming out this week. I’m looking forward to seeing it but I'm a bit nervous, too. I loved this book and am worried that the movie will not live up to my expectations.

We can all think of movies that disappointed, but I realized that there were some movies that actually inspired me to read the book. Movies that intrigued me so much, that I discovered books, and authors, that I might not have read otherwise.

The Godfather, for example. Wonderful movies, great books.
In Cold Blood the movie lead me to read the book. Twice. Truman Capote invited a new genre with this book and it still holds up forty years later.
Cider House Rules lead me to John Irving. A whole lot of good reading there.
Falcon and the Snowman - the movie was exciting but the book was even better.
Freedom Writers movie sent me to the Freedom Writers Diary. If you ever need inspiration, this book will lift your spirits.
Seeing the Orchid Thief sent me to the book, a fabulous look into a very strange world.
Beautiful Mind. The book is full of insights about genius and schizophrenia.

What about you? Can you name a movie that made you read the book?

Check out this website for some clues. http://www.mymcpl.org/books-movies-music/based-book


18 comments:

Liz V. said...

Sophie's Choice--a rare instance in which a touching movie came out of a puerile book.

Anonymous said...

The movie Master and Commander led me to be a fan of Patrick Obrien. Also the Horatio Hornblower series on A&E let me to that series of book too.

Jen K from MN

Terri Thayer said...

Wonderful movie, Liz. I don't remember disliking the book as much as that. But it's been many years since I read it.

Thanks, Jen. My late stepfather was a big Patrick OBrien fan.I've yet to read any. Adding him to my list...

Sarita said...

I'm looking forward to The Help. I've got the book but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Terri Thayer said...

It's a good book, Sarita. I'm staying away from the reviews because I don't want to know what others think about the movie beforehand.

I think this is a movie that will make my list. Many folks are going to go out and get the book after seeing it.

Enjoy them both!

Carol S said...

Many older movies have lead me to collecting the original books. My favorite would be The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Others include Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Egg and I, and Life With Father.

Betty Hechtman said...

I read Gone With the Wind after seeing the movie.

Camille Minichino said...

Same as Betty. Seeing Gone With the Wind led me to the book.

In general, I try to think of them as two different entities that may or may not be closely related. Both may be enjoyable, but they're not copies of each other. Less disappointment that way!

Becky Levine said...

I saw the previews for The Time Traveler's Wife and thought--that movie will be too intense for me, but maybe the book...Then my sister, coincidentally, GOT me the book. I haven't dipped in yet, but I THINK I'll like it. Does any of that count? :)

Terri Thayer said...

I've never read any of those, Carol, although I have seen some of those movies. Do the books hold up?

Terri Thayer said...

Betty, that was a good read.

I agree, Camille. It's a good idea to think of them as cousins, sometimes distant cousins.

Terri Thayer said...

That's one I haven't read or seen, Becky. I've heard varying degrees of frustration with the traveling part although most people rave when they stick to it.

Camille Minichino said...

Cousins -- I like that!

Carol S said...

The books can better delve into what is really driving the main character better than the movies can. The ending of Mr. Blandings the movie is good hearted and happy, but the book ending is not. Gregory Peck was outstanding in Gray Flannel Suit the movie, but the book really captures how his wife stood beside him after finding out he fathered a child in Italy during WWII.

Terri Thayer said...

So true, Carol. That ending has me way more I treated in the book.

Terri Thayer said...

So true, Carol. That ending has me way more I treated in the book.

sosarahsew said...

Gone with the Wind was one book I read after seeing the movie. I much preferred the book. But I was very disappointed in the sequel the Margaret Mitchell's family commisioned. The second book was really just a continuation of the movie, not the book.

When I taught sixth grade I liked to show movies after the students had read the books. Loved hearing comments like "that's not what right!"

JanG said...

Mostly, I've read the books first, but I did see GWTW, like the majority. Harry Potter's books came first, but I walked out of two of the movies (#5 and 6). Didn
't know my aortic valve was failing then, however; funny how restored circulation has also restored attention span! In any case, I still preferred the books to the movies.