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Early Bird Books: 8 Notable Books That Inspired Memorable Movies

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Books and movies have a relationship that’s as old as Hollywood itself. Together, writers and filmmakers have given us everything from great adaptations to huge disappointments, and some truly weird interpretations in between. But that comes with the territory of turning our favorite words into live action pieces of cinema. If you’re a fan of both books and movies, check out these eight books that inspired adaptations. The Color Purple, Alice Walker The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and went on to inspire the classic 1985 Steven Spielberg film of the same name. With apologies to Spielberg, Walker’s novel remains the definitive version of the story. Walker’s book uses a technique that film just can’t accommodate. The…

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10 Thriller Classics Perfect for a November Night

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This month a host of new thrillers will hit the big screen in time for the day-after-Thanksgiving movie going crowd. A few of these, including Roman J. Israel, Esq., starring Denzel Washington, are sure to become classics we will want to revisit over and over again. Until, these films are in theaters (some starting tomorrow), we thought we’d share some our favorite thriller classics that are perfect to watch on a cold, rainy November evening. The Shining   Who could ever forget Jack Nicholson in The Shining? The film is heralded as one of the greatest movies ever made, with the famous “Here’s Johnny!” scene down in history as one of the most famous movie scenes of all time. The film was…

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Hemingway to Capote: Watching Our Favorite Writers Come to Life On-Screen

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Writers have a long history of showing up as characters in films. Sometimes those writers are real people interacting with history (like Hemingway!), and sometimes they’re made up characters, showing us exactly how Hollywood imagines the concept of the writer. Regardless, these writers usually have certain traits in common: they’re often tortured by their art, they prefer to be isolated from society in some way, and they LOVE whiskey. Of course, these are broad generalizations, and sometimes we do see writers who are mentally stable, well adjusted, and finding success without also finding a drinking problem – though it’s admittedly pretty rare. But no matter how a writer is portrayed, we’re always happy to see them on the screen. It…

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Stay Scared with the Most Iconic, Horrifying Books-to-Movies of All Time

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It’s kind of startling to realize how many of the best horror movies started out as novels. But it’s true: so many terrifying films found their start as equally terrifying books, including some that might surprise you. Since it’s Halloween (which is definitely the scariest time of year), we’ve rounded up six awesome horror movies that were originally adapted from books. If you don’t want to sleep for the next few nights, then it’s time to dive into both the movie AND book versions of these horrifying tales: The Shining It’s no surprise that The Shining started as a novel written by the king of horror himself: Stephen King. Both the movie and the book are considered classics of the…

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4 Novel ways to stay warm with style

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Lately I’ve been dreaming about tropical beaches, bathing suits and the sun falling on my bare shoulders. Remember the sun? I certainly can’t. All I see outside my window these days are snowdrifts and hanging icicles. Summer seems like a distant memory. It’s hard to dress for the winter, especially when all I want to wear are sweatpants and mittens, huddled up by a roaring fire. But fashion knows no season, and wearing several layers can actually help fight the cold better than one massive jacket. In the spirit of trying to look cute and stay warm when it’s 10 below, here are four winter looks inspired by four of my favorite winter-set novels: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls…

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