This year, thirteen book-to-movie titles received Oscar nominations. In my humble opinion, most often the book’s better–but an Oscar-worthy performance or production can bring a book to life in a wonderful way. So check out these titles, before you hit the theater. Or if you’ve already seen the movie, reading the book might just supply background information missing from the film adaptation.
The adventures of Tintin by Herge
Albert Nobbs by Geroge Moore
The descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings (book coming soon)
Extremely loud and incredibly close by Jonathan Safron Foer
The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Harry Potter and the deathly hallows by J.K. Rowling
The help by Kathryn Stockett
Hugo (The invention of Hugo Cabret) by Brian Selznick
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
My week with Marilyn by Colin Clark
Tinker tailor soldier spy by John Le Carre
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
See the EarlyWord website for updates on upcoming, in-production, and in-development books-to-movies.
In my book, any movie with Morgan Freeman’s name on it is probably worth watching. So when I saw his name connected with the documentary Prom Night in Mississippi, I bought it for the library, and then took it home and watched it once it was processed and ready for checkout. I wasn’t disappointed.
In 1997 Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the high school prom in Charleston, MS—if it would be racially integrated. But his offer was turned down. He tried again in 2008, and this time his offer was accepted. (Can you believe there were schools in 2008 with segregated proms?!) As Freeman said, “You make the plans, and I’ll write the check.” This film documents Charleston’s reactions and reflections during the planning and prom itself.
You’ll see and hear some kids who are wise beyond their years, and some adults who need an attitude adjustment. In the suspense of community conflict, you may learn something about southern culture. And I’ll bet that you find yourself smiling at the vivacious authenticity of young, beautiful people.