Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Books into Movies

In line with Not Marion’s post two weeks ago, I have been anticipating a few movies by reading (or re-reading) some of the books destined for the screen in the near future. But one book I will have no need to re-read before seeing the movie is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte; I was obsessed with this gothic romance in my youth, and probably read it more than 15 times before the age of 20! I’m looking forward to seeing its latest incarnation on film, especially with Dame Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax.

I was planning on seeing I Am Number Four, based on the young adult science fiction novel by Pittacus Lore, but after reading both the book and the tepid reviews, I changed my mind. As an admitted sci fi purist, I felt there was not enough world building or back story in the book to explain characters and events, though teens may be happy enough with leading man Alex Pettyfer to disregard any movie defects—“Move over, Robert Pattinson!” was how one critic began his review. (Pettyfer is a busy guy—he is also starring in another recent YA book-into-movie release: Beastly, by Alex Flinn.) Speaking of back story: Pittacus Lore is a pen name for two collaborating authors, Jobie Hughes and James Frey. If that second name sounds familiar, it’s because Frey had a huge success with A Million Little Pieces, an autobiographical account of his struggles with addiction that later turned out to be fictionalized.

One book I did recently revisit was Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer. I have always been a Connelly fan, reading all of his books as they come out, and I can visualize this book’s easy transition into film. Matthew McConaughey will be a great Mickey Haller—charming and cynical from years of defending guilty clients and aghast at the possibility of failing to recognize innocence—or evil—when he sees it. I also enjoyed Connelly’s most recent book, The Reversal, which features Haller lawyering on the prosecution side of the courtroom. And Connelly’s fourth legal thriller with Haller in the starring role, The Fifth Witness, comes out next month! In a story “ripped from the headlines,” as they say, a woman Mickey was representing in a suit against the bank attempting to foreclose on her mortgage is accused of killing the bank official in charge of foreclosures. Good stuff.

Look for more books at the Central Library that have been/will be made into movies—one display in the adult section, and one in the teen section—and check them out! Because despite our love affair with the movies, you must admit that usually the book IS better…

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