Reese Witherspoon to Produce Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s no surprise to me that Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has been optioned for a movie. As soon as I finished reading the thriller, I thought, this is going to make an great movie. Flynn landed a seven figure deal with 20th Century Fox. Reese Witherspoon will be producing the movie, along with Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon. I’m excited to hear that Flynn will write the screenplay.

It’s exciting that we read Gone Girl as part of our book club. I think when it comes out, we’ll have to go see it together. Who would you cast as Nick and Amy?

This big news made me think about movies that have been adapted from books. How do you feel about those movie adaptations? Which ones do you think were done well? Head over to our Facebook page and join the discussion.

From Paper Page to Silver Screen

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Occasionally I read a book and think to myself, “This would be amazing on the big screen.” Fortunately, Hollywood often has the same ideas I do (great minds think alike, I guess). Today I’m going to share a few books that have been turned into movies that I absolutely adored.  Not all of them are recent movies (or books), but they are definitely worth a read (and a rental!)

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Peter Straub’s 1979 classic Ghost Story is an amazing horror story. Often, these don’t translate well to the big screen (for example, I have rarely been satisfied with an adaptation of a Stephen King novel).  John Irvin, however, did an outstanding job with his 1981 film starring Fred Astaire and Douglas Fairbanks. Jr.  The screenplay was fairly faithful to the original novel (taking into consideration the necessary changes to adapt a book to screen), and evoked the dread that comes across so uncomfortably in print.  Even now, thirty years alter, I’m still up for watching this movie any chance I get.  And we own at least two editions of the book!

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The next one is an obvious choice.  Peter Jackson took more than a few liberties with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it worked well for him.  Did I miss things in each movie?  Yes, absolutely!  The changes worked for the movies, though,  and I’m guessing (or maybe hoping) that interest in the movies compelled more than a few people to pick up the books and read them.  Having a director that so clearly admires the author and his works always helps.  Great care was taken to stay true to the spirit of the books, if not the letter.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’ve tried many times to decide whether I enjoy the BBC’s version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice  or the newer version starring Keira Knightley.  I can’t choose, so I watch them both regularly.  Both adaptations are extremely faithful to the beloved characters and familiar stories; it helps that Austen wrote such timeless material that translates so well to the big screen.  And okay, I’ll admit it….Colin Firth is easy on the eyes!

There are so many more books that have been turned into movies that are excellent – the whole Harry Potter series, Clueless (based on Jane Austen’s Emma ), The Name of the Rose (based on Umberto Eco’s novel of the same name), and the big screen version of Dennis Lehane’s Gone, Baby, Gone, to name a few.  I’ve also heard great things about The Help and Water for Elephants, both books I loved.  And I’m really looking forward to World War Z (I discussed my love for the book recently on this blog).

What about you? Which movie adaptations of books do you love? Are there any you  were disappointed with?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Leave a comment here to start a discussion!

The Help Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

TheHelp One Sheet

The Help Movie

After my post about reading The Help before seeing the movie, I took your advice and started the novel. You guys were right! I finished the book in four hours. Talk about binge reading!

The Help movie opens August 10th and I’m looking forward to seeing it. From Left to Write book club member and movie critic Sandie told me to bring tissues. That’s a warning for all of you. Though I don’t cry easily in real life, I become emotionally involved with movies and can get quite teary eyed. I usually try not to compare the book to its movie version. Both are a different way to tell a story and cannot exactly copy the other. Seeing the movie version of a book is fun because I get to see it come to life!

Some fun facts about filming the movie. Apparently local chefs were brought in to make sure the foods used in the scenes, from fried chicken to congealed salads, were regionally correct-as well as being correct for the tie period. There’s a lot of food in the story. We Southerners like to eat!

We’re giving away a The Help movie prize pack to one of you! The prize pack includes:

The Help movie t-shirt

  • THE HELP t-shirt in your choice of adult female size  S, M, L,  or XL
  • THE HELP pocket jotter & pen
  • THE HELP fan
  • THE HELP nail file/mirror
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Reading List: Kathryn Stockett’s The Help at the Movies

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

My copy of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help has been sitting on my shelf since October. Every time I look at it, I tell myself I need to read it. Other books just had more priority because of my deadlines. Before I even owned a copy, I heard much praise for it.

Casual acquaintances suggested that I read it, especially since I write about raising my biracial children at I’m Not the Nanny. Other book loving friends recommended the novel to me. We weren’t even talking about books when they mentioned The Help.

When bloggers I just met at Book Blogger Convention were telling me how much they enjoyed the novel, I figure it was time to dust off my copy.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding The Help recently because the movie will be out in August. Here’s a behind the scenes look to the movie:

I didn’t know much about the book except it takes place in Mississippi and was about black women servants. I know, I haven’t even read the book flap yet! Watching the movie trailer for Stockett’s The Help movie sealed the deal.

I need to read this book before the movie comes out. I know that movies are never as good as the book but to me they are different formats so the storytelling needs are different.

What book do you keep meaning to read? Do you prefer to read the book before or after you see the movie?