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Lazy Sun. Lit. Talk: Book to Film Edition

Let's talk books and movies based on books!

First, the usual:

What did you last read?

What are you currently reading?

What's next on your "to read" list?

For me, it's:

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

Don't Look Now by Daphne DuMaurier

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

This week, I decided to talk books and film because I just finished reading Going Clear but I've not yet seen the HBO documentary. Also, in the last couple of weeks, I've seen Wild and Unbroken. These films are both based on books that I've read a lot, as I use them for my non-fiction lit class. Of course, both movies were a little disappointing but, if I hadn't read the books, I probably would have liked them more.


Wild did a better job translating the book to the screen, overall, I think but I'm very, very invested in Louie Zamperini's story. He pretty much gets me through everything ("If Louie could get through that, I can get through this"). So, no matter what, I was probably going to be somewhat unhappy with a film version.

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It's pretty much always the case the the book is better than the movie, right? I'm trying to think of exceptions... maybe The Hunger Games movies? What do y'all think? Any particularly good film adaptations of books you can think of?

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