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February 22, 2009

Oscar Worthy Reading

Posted by carol
I love Oscar night. I get into the evening from the fashions to the acceptance speeches. Last night I was watching one of the endless pre-Oscar shows and I was thinking I wish there was a category called Books Into Movies. I know there is one for screenplay adaptation, but I would love one that looks only at movies that were based on books. Since so much great material can be found in books, I would love to have a moment for this to be acknowledged.

Sure many times I do not like the movie as much as the book, but I would love to encourage more studios, directors and producers looking to books for inspiration. And I would like viewers to be sure to note what movies were based on books.

One of my favorite movies based on a book this year was The Reader; the book was by Bernhard Schlink. I had not read the book before I saw the movie, but wanted to go back and read it afterwards. Also, as I previously wrote, the short story that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was adapted from was something we enjoyed noting around our house. And Slumdog Millionaire was based on Q&A by Vikas Swarup.

How do you feel about this?