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Book-to-Screen on Trials of Bookshop Ownership

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If you have read The Bookshop (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Penelope Fitzgerald, you will want to see the movie to answer some questions: How can a movie portray a book’s delicately described inner states? How can subtle emotions and flitting feelings be shown on the screen? And if you have seen the movie, you will want to read the book, if only to learn more about what is going on in its characters’ minds. In fact, this book and movie is just about the perfect pair for book clubs that enjoy reading and viewing before discussing a particular title. Read the book, see the movie, and compare and contrast. Director of the movie, Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me”) took some…

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2016 Book-To-Movie Adaptations that Lived Up to its Literary Counterpart

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You know the saying, “never judge a book by its cover?” Well, I’m going to shake it up a bit and throw this one out to you: how about never judge a book by its movie adaptation. For most people, the book is almost always better than the movie—typically you prefer to read a book before seeing the story in its movie form and that’s usually the case for most movie goers. But, every so often you stumble upon some hidden gems in the entertainment world that don’t totally screw up its literary counterpart. They’re just as good, if not better, than the book it’s based off of. Now, I’m not saying that every single movie on this list knocked it…

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Which Book Adaptations Failed It and Which Nailed It?

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For an avid reader, there’s nothing scarier than having your favorite books adapted into movies or TV shows. There’s so much room for failure, and so much tentative hope that maybe -– just maybe -– they’ll get it right. When Hollywood nails an adaptation it’s like the clouds are parting, angels are singing and we’re all staring at the screen trying not to weep. But that kind of achievement is rare, unfortunately. So in honor of those hits and misses, here’s one adaptation that sadly failed it and one that absolutely nailed it. Failed It: Beautiful Creatures Let me be clear: I’m a giant fan of the Beautiful Creatures (Little Brown & Co., September 2010) young adult series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Full of…

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