In the Los Angeles area, movies are a big deal. Not everyone watches them – heck, not everyone even likes them – but it’s a part of the culture. The Academy Award nominees, announced this week, were for the most part not that surprising. What did surprise me, though, is how many of these movies were based on books!
Many of them take their scripts directly from various types of literature, both fiction and non-fiction. Others were inspired by a certain author or title. Inception was one of these: Christopher Nolan was inspired by the work of Jorge Luis Borges when writing the script.
For all of you who solidly believe the book is always better than the movie, here’s a list of nominees and their corresponding titles.
- 127 Hours, based on the biography Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
- The Social Network, based on the biography The Accidental Billionares by Ben Mezrich
- True Grit, based on the novel True Grit by Charles Portis
- Winter’s Bone, based on the novel Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
- The Fighter, based on the novel Irish Thunder by Bob Halloran
- The Town, based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
- Rabbit Hole, based on the novel Rabbit Hole by David-Lindsay Abaire
- How to Train Your Dragon, based on the middle grade novel How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
- Alice in Wonderland, inspired by the classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, based on the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K Rowling
- The Tempest, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare
- Restrepo, based on the book War by Sebastian Junger
- Barney’s Version, based on the novel Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler
Did I miss anything? Has anyone read any of these books AND seen the movie? How do they compare?