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Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Sunday Salon... Books to Movies Part 2

Welcome to the Sunday Salon! It's the day of the week where we can get together and chatabout all the bookish things we did this past week! It finally turned into Spring in Connecticut! May 1st has given us blue skies and warm weather! I've been spending timeoutside fusing with the garden, getting ready for the hummingbirds. But there's some great things to do inside these days and great things to come! What am I talking about?! Why some of our favorite books coming to the big screen! Time to see how it all plays out on film! Do you read the book before seeing the movie? I always try to do that, because once I see it on the big screen I tend to not want to read the book. Let's talk about bookadaptations today!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen... It's finally here! The movie we've all been waiting for! I am patiently waiting for a couple of my friends to finish the book so we can all enjoy a girls night out with Rosie the Elephant (ok, Robert Pattison isn't such a bad excuse to go either)! The scenery from the trailers looks just as I would have pictured it, and I have high hopes for the total package. It has gotten great reviews so far. A friend of mine did say that it's not an exact blue print of the movie, generally that is what happens, but she enjoyed it immensely! Have you seen Water for
Elephants yet?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins... Readers have plenty of time to read this trilogy, or at least the first book that the movie is based on! The release date for this futuristic YA novel is March 23, 2012! Ok, I must be the only one who has not read this series yet and I WILL read it before seeing it on the big screen! Have you read the books yet? Are you looking forward to the movie?

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan... This Pulitzer Prize winning book is being adapted for the little screen! HBO has optioned this book for a series. A Visit from the Goon Squad is a novel of interconnected stories and this series should be very interesting. "The sprawling bookcovers three decades in the lives of its characters, opening in the 1980’s San Francisco punk rock scene. Egan uses unorthodox writing methods to tell her story, with different characters and stories interwoven throughout the book." I've had this book on my wish list for a while, and I guess it's about time to crack the spine on this one. The book has gotten rave reviews ever since being released June of last year. Have you read this one? Seems to me this would make a great TV series in the right hands.

Other books to movies coming soon... The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This is scheduled to be released August 12th. I am a bit leary about seeing this one. The book was so wonderful, I just can't imagine the big screen adaptation meeting all my expectations. We'll have to wait and see. I felt the same way about the movie adaptation of The Time Travelers Wife and was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. Any thoughts
on this one? Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer (Part 1) will be coming our way November 18th, 2011. They are breaking this up into 2 parts, with part 2 coming ONE YEAR LATER! And if you really want to look ahead, in 2013 Pride Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahme-Smith will be coming your way onto the big screen! Natalie Portman is to play Elizabeth Bennett, and casting is going on now for the rest of the players. This may be fun. I do have the graphic novel in my TBR pile as we speak.

Weekly Recap... This weeks Memoir Monday highlighted Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugu waThiong'O. A coming-of-age story about the author growing up in Africa, it's such a nice departure from all the celebrity tell-all memoirs flooding the local bookstores. Ngugu wa Thion'O is a acclaimed writer of fiction, and has gotten such praise for the wonderful writing in his own story. Friday's First Lines highlighted The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. I love the title and the YA fantasy sounds like a wonderful adventure tale sprinkles with plenty of sci-fi! AND GIVEAWAY UPDATE... There is still a few more days to enter to win Song of The Silk Road by Mingmei Yip! I loved this book and you can read all The Giveaway and The Book by clicking on the links!

How was your reading week?! Any good books you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about them! And what do you think about your favorite books being adapted to the big (and little) screen? Do you like seeing how your favorite book comes to life before your eyes?

Take care and Happy reading... Suzanne


Helen Smith said...

I didn't realise they were making Pride and Prejudice and Zombies into a movie - I suppose it had to happen! Thanks for letting me know.

I also loved The Help. It will be interesting to see whether the film lives up to the book, I think it might if the casting is right.

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carla said...

I have listened to Water for Elephants and enjoyed it. I wasn't sure about the way it started but I got into it. It should be a good movie. I haven't read the other books either, except the Twilight series.
I have been listening to Once A Spy by Keith Thomson and I read that it may be a movie too.

M said...

The Hunger Games series was very good. Short, and engaging, won't take long to read because hard to put down but they could easily have been combined into one book, imo. They will be filming the movie in and around Asheville, NC I suppose because much of the story takes place in a coal mining "district".

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