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This post is inspired by the Top Ten Tuesday series developed by fellow book-loving bloggers, The Broke and the Bookish. If you’re a regular reader of the site (Hey ReelLites!!!), then you know most of the books we read have been around for a while because you can’t get reel lit without the reel. So…we tend not to be too concerned about new book releases unless we have a New Lit post like this one inspired by #DiversityBoost or this one in celebration of Women’s History Month. This brings us to our little twist on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Today, we are sharing the 10 movie-adapted books we most anticipate reading during the rest of 2017 and beyond!
1984 – George Orwell
As we all know, 1984 is a classic that was probably on all of our high school reading lists. It was definitely on mine, but it’s been decades since I last cracked it open. “Lucky” for us, we live in a time where fact is becoming stranger than fiction. And the fantastical imagination has become the chilling reality since the party in charge “seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power.” We are both intrigued and terrified to venture down this literary path.
All the President’s Men – Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Another book of powerful people taking unhonorable actions to maintain their power. But this time…it’s all true! This is an opportunity for me to go in blind because I have not read the book, and I haven’t seen the movie. I need this book to give me hope during these trying times that dedication to uncovering the truth is still alive and our system still has the ability to dismantle the power that corrupts and threatens to destroy the republic.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
The film by the same name quickly became a favorite romantic comedy of mine despite the overt racism known as Mickey Rooney’s Mr. Yunioshi. I am eager to read the book that inspired the movie and see if my love for the film remains the same.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
After reading and LOVING Matilda, I’m sure this Roald Dahl classic will be no different. However, the controversy starts when movie time comes around. Will we compare the book to the Gene Wilder classic or the Johnny Depp and Tim Burton partnership or both? Maybe we’ll flip a coin to decide.
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The movie version of The Color Purple is a black classic. If you can’t quote at least 2 lines from the movie, then your invitation to the cookout is in danger of being revoked. Moving on…I am eager to give this book to movie adaptation a critical eye. This is another title where I love the movie and wonder how I will feel about it after reading the book.
Emma – Jane Austen
Clueless is one of my favorite movies OF ALL TIME, SON!! And lucky for me, one of my favorite movies is based on a book from one of my favorite writers. Even though I’ve watched Clueless more times than I can count, I’ve never read Emma. So…this is my opportunity to learn how loosely the movie is based on the book.
Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
I read this book mostly because all the ladies at work, in addition to the entire world, were talking about it constantly and how much they were enjoying it. Obviously, my curiosity got the best of me, and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Now, I could jump on the bashing train, but the train is way too full, and as a book lover, I am always happy when people get excited about reading. Also, I hate book snobbery and when people belittle things just because the majority of the fan base is women. Just let people enjoy the books! All in all, I am looking forward to revisiting such a “controversial” book.
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
This is my favorite book OF ALL TIME, SON!! I read Jane Eyre when I was young teenager, and it has always stayed with me after that first reading in spite of not reading it again until I was well in my 30s. So far, I have only dipped my toe into the waters of Jane Eyre on the blog. It is definitely going to be interesting when I take a full dive into the book and one of the many adaptations. Fingers crossed that it lives up to my unrealistic expectations.
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
My experience with this book could be considered the catalyst to starting this blog, but I just didn’t know it at the time. I read this book at a time when I needed to reenergize my love of reading because grad school was beating it out of me. And I was SO EXCITED to see this amazing book brought to life. Of course that means I bought the DVD because Wal-Mart is open 24/7. Then, I immediately threw that DVD in the trash when the end credits started. From that day, I swore to never watch a movie based on a book I just read…until Reel Literature. Now, I can revisit the book and see if I still enjoy it in my new state of “wokeness” because books by non #ownvoice authors is still an issue in the world of publishing.
Watchmen – Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Artist), and John Higgins (Colorist)
I am a HUGE fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though I know close to nothing about comics, and everything I do know comes from my brother (Hi Beenchie!!) and listening to nerdtastic podcasts (Shout Out to TWiB, Black Astronauts Podcast, Black Girl Nerds, and the MTR Network). I am ecstatic about writing a Reel Lit post for a graphic novel, and the critically acclaimed Watchmen looks like the perfect candidate.
So…what books are you looking to read during the rest of 2017? Have you read any books on our list? What book on the list should we read first? Let us know in the comments! |RL
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