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Linda Holmes of NPR's Monkey See blog has published a post to get you pumped up in the post-Oscar world: Your 2011 Books-Into-Films Lineup, From 'Eyre' To 'Water' To 'Desert'. And man, does this lineup of books-to-film look good. We already knew about We Need to Talk About Kevin and One Day and Jane Eyre, but what about Moneyball and Desert Flower and Too Big to Fail? I can already taste the popcorn . . .
If you've ever wondered about how to spot a first edition of a book, The Awl has a post on that very topic. Just out of curiosity: Are any readers of The Book Case collectors of rare books? (Signed copies, first editions, etc.?)
Novelist Sonya Chung has written an essay for The Millions on authors "who dare to leap the imaginative chasm of gender." She questions: Are they successful? How does one measure? She specifically looks at Annie Proulx's famous story, "Brokeback Mountain" (and excerpts a sexually graphic passage).
Benjamin Hale has written a novel that might take the cake for weirdest premise of the month: The narrator of The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (reviewed here in BookPage) is an ape. The Westword catches up with Hale to ask him how he came to write from such an unusual point of view.
I know everyone is excited about Sunday's 83rd Academy Awards, but let's all put down our office pools and ignore our favorite celebrity fashion websites for a minute so we can talk about the books represented at the ceremony.
For booklovers, the most anticipated category may be Best Adapted Screenplay. This year, the nominees are:
The BookPage staff has been divided over Winter's Bone—an adaptation Trisha called one of the best movies she watched in 2010, although other co-workers are less enthusiastic. Whether you liked the movie or not, you can probably agree that Little, Brown's Mulholland Books is happy. In April, they're publishing Daniel Woodrell's The Bayou Trilogy.
Which movie based on a book do you think will win Best Adapted Screenplay on Sunday?
You may remember that we got some scoop on the movie adaptation of Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed back in April: Giffin was our May 2010 cover story, and fiction editor Abby was just as keen to talk about celeb gossip as then-new novel Heart of the Mater during their interview. Giffin told Abby that the book-to-film experience was "totally thrilling" for her and that she loved the casting.
The trailer for Something Borrowed was released today, so now readers can weigh in—do you think the casting is perfect?
Check out Ginnifer Goodwin as Rachel, Kate Hudson as Darcy, John Krasinski as Ethan and Colin Egglesfield as Dexter:
Start your countdown clocks, Hunger Games fans: Lionsgate Studios announced that they'll release the much-anticipated film version of The Hunger Games on March 23, 2012. But though director Gary Ross plans to begin production on the film this spring, no casting announcements have been made yet. Maybe he's waiting to see if Haillee Steinfeld wins the Academy Award before officially hiring her on?
Collins, a former screenwriter, handled the adaptation of her best-selling novel herself, telling us in a 2009 interview that she was "looking forward to telling the story in a different medium. Of course we will be handling the subject matter very carefully and anticipate that the film will have a PG-13 rating."
On the day the Oscar noms roll in, featuring many films with a literary angle like The King's Speech and The Social Network, news broke of another literary adaptation: Louis Bayard's The Pale Blue Eye. We're fans of Bayard's work here at BookPage and can't wait to see what Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper (who is also adapting Hillenbrand's Unbroken for the big screen) will do with this story of Edgar Allen Poe's early years as a West Point cadet.
Bayard fans can look for our review of his next novel, The School of Night, in April.
Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you saw her in The Social Network and were puzzled over how she could portray tougher-than-tough computer hacker Lisbeth, then wonder no longer. Just pick up the February issue of W, which features a photo spread of Mara going full-out Lisbeth.
Fincher’s film departs dramatically from the book: Mikael Blomkvist is more gentlemanly, Salander... is more aggressive—and the ending has been completely altered.
James Franco is set to direct As I Lay Dying for the screen and plans to start shooting this summer. He also wants to direct Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian in 2012.
As much as I love James Franco, who is an author in his own right, I can not begin to imagine a movie of As I Lay Dying. The story has multiple narrators, including a woman speaking from the coffin, and a stream-of-conscious style.
Franco explained his plan for the movie in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“You want to capture the tone, but you can’t work in exactly the same way,” says Franco. “I don’t believe it’ll feel the same if you divide it as rigidly as the book, like titles that say ‘Cash’ and then you’re with Cash. You can slip into the characters’ heads and give them their inner voice for a while, but it has to be more fluid because movies just work differently than books..."
The movie version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules comes out on March 25, and the trailer just became available. Will all the potty humor and middle school escapades, how could it not become a hit?!
In November, I saw the actors who play Fregley, Rowley and Greg (not to mention author/illustrator Jeff Kinney) live at Belmont University on the Wimpy Kid bus tour. Kinney showed the audience some behind-the-scenes clips from filming the movie, but this is the first time I've seen the full trailer.
Will you (or your kids) go see the movie?
Don't miss BookPage's interview with Kinney in the November issue or Alice Cary's additional photos from her meeting on the blog! Also, this short video of why kids love the Wimpy Kid is pretty darn cute (if I do say so myself).
It's been almost a week since I saw True Grit and my family and I are still speaking to each other in Mattie Ross's deadpan, contraction-less style of dialogue. The movie is wonderful—Jeff Bridges was made to play Rooster Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld was made to play Mattie Ross. I hope True Grit sweeps the Oscars! (Seriously.)
If you want more from Charles Portis after seeing the movie, here's a bit of exciting information: three producers (including Bill Hader) have an option on The Dog of the South, Portis's 1979 release about a man who chases down his wife after she runs away with another man (not to mention his Ford Torino and his American Express card). Happily for us, Overlook Press has re-released The Dog of the South in paperback, along with Portis's over four novels.
Has the Coen brothers' adaptation of True Grit inspired you to seek out more books by Portis?
What's been your favorite movie of the holiday season?
Fans of Sara Gruen’s blockbuster 2006 novel, Water for Elephants, are a rabid bunch, and we think it’s safe to say that Gruen’s fan base is going to increase exponentially come April 15, 2011. That’s the theatrical release date for the big screen version of the novel, starring Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson and Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz.
Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob Jankowski (played by Hal Holbrook and Pattinson), an old man in a nursing home reflecting on his remarkable life spent with the Benzini Brothers, a second-rate depression-era circus. He falls in love with the circus’s beautiful animal trainer, Marlena (played by Witherspoon), and his life is forever changed.
I listened to Water for Elephants on tape last year, and while I enjoyed it, I had some major quibbles with the structure. When I heard Rob and Reese had been cast as Jacob and Marlena, I was excited; after seeing this trailer (which was released yesterday) I am absolutely chomping at the bit to see the movie. The glamour! The intrigue! The romance!
Are you a fan of Water for Elephants? Will you go see the film next spring? Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.