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Upcoming Books-Turned-TV Movies

 

I was watching a Law & Order marathon on TNT this morning and saw a promo for a bunch of mystery/thriller movies coming up at the end of the month.  One that caught my eye was a TV-movie version of Sandra Brown’sRicochet“.  I’m a big fan of Sandra Brown but sadly, I can’t remember if I read this book!  I own a bunch of hers and would assume that I have read it, but it’s not on my Goodreads list (which only goes back over a year) and it’s not on my bookshelf.  Hmm.  Maybe I borrowed it from my mom.  Either way, I want to watch it (or at least DVR it).  John Corbett (Aidan from Sex and the City) is in it.  (And he looks really good in the promos.  None of that scraggly longish hair.)  It airs November 30th on TNT.  Here’s a bit more about it and the promo clip from Sanda Brown’s own blog.

Another one that I heard about recently is a movie adaptation of Jodi Picoult’sSalem Falls” on Lifetime.  Jodi Picoult is another one of my favorite authors and I can confirm that I own and have read this book.  She’s had a few other books made into Lifetime movies, like “Plain Truth” (which I blogged about here) and “The Pact” (which I have read but not seen).  It may have already started to air for all I know, since I don’t watch Lifetime very often, but here’s the upcoming schedule for the movie.  Next airing is November 19th.  And if you were going through withdrawal from not seeing James Van Der Beek on TV in a really really long time, other than in Ke$ha’s music video, which is just kinda gross, here’s your chance.

Any others that I missing?

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I’ve done something that I rarely ever do.  I read a book AGAIN.  I know, right?  I first read this book probably 5 or so years ago and have read all of Emily Giffin’s other books since.  When I heard that the movie was coming out, I wanted to reread the book since I was a little fuzzy on plot/character details (storylines and characters start to blend together once you’ve read one too many chick lit-type books), but I couldn’t find it on my bookshelf!  I must have let someone borrow it (no pun intended) and never got it back, although I do still have “Something Blue”.  Rather than download a new copy to my Kindle, I wanted to buy a paperback copy so I have both books in the series together (I’m really anal about stuff like that).

“Something Borrowed” is a tale of two best friends, Rachel and Darcy.  Rachel is your everyday “girl next door” – pretty conservative in her life choices, lawyer, single… someone who you could totally be friends with.  Darcy is basically the opposite – always the center of attention, flashy PR job, gets all the guys, etc.  You could say that Rachel is Darcy’s sidekick.  Darcy is engaged to Dex; he and Rachel met in law school and Rachel introduced him to Darcy.  After a surprise party for Rachel’s 30th birthday, Darcy overdoes it on the alcohol.  While she goes home, Dex returns to the bar to look for Darcy’s purse, and one thing led to another, and next thing they know, Rachel and Dex are kissing then go back to her apartment.

At first, they pretend like it didn’t happen and have no intention on telling Darcy.  Then, Rachel starts to notice things about Darcy and the way she is treated by her – Darcy always competes with Rachel and has to win and be better than her.  Why should selfish Darcy get Dex when she doesn’t deserve a guy like that?  Rachel and Dex begin to communicate in secret and begin to carry on a secret affair.  The wedding date is only months away and Rachel has to figure out if she wants Dex, or if she wants to be loyal to her best friend since childhood.  And if she does want Dex, will he want her enough to call off the wedding?

I love love loved this book the first time I read it.  The second time around, I still really liked it and realized it has a lot more drama and emotion than I had remembered.  That’s not a bad thing, though.  It’s just not a happy, fluffy chick lit read.  The book is told from Rachel’s perspective, so even though she is doing something that’s pretty darn bad, you want to side with her (at least I did).  I began to really dislike Darcy and feel like she deserved everything that was coming to her.

If you read this book, make sure you go out and read “Something Blue” next.  It picks up where “Something Borrowed” left off but is told from Darcy’s perspective this time, so it adds a really interesting twist.  Emily Giffin’s other books are all fantastic as well.

Now onto the movie.  I haven’t seen it yet.  Have you?  The previews of it make it look totally different than the book.  I agree that Ginnifer Goodwin is a great Rachel (I loved her way back when she was in “Ed“!), but I was surprised at Kate Hudson as Darcy since in the book, Darcy is clearly described as a brunette.  I guess that doesn’t really matter.  But I could see how she could be a good Darcy, personality-wise.  This fellow, Colin Egglesfield, that they casted as Dex?  Eh. I’ve never heard of him and wasn’t who I had imagined when I had first read the book.  John Krasinski (swoon) as Ethan?  Not sure it would be my first choice either, but I’ll see anything with him in it.  My question: why did they not put the character Hillary (Rachel’s law firm coworker/confidante) in the movie at all?

So, is the movie worth seeing now or wait till it’s on Netflix?  Or is it just going to be so far off from the movie that it’ll make me turn it off halfway through?

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Remember in my last post how I mentioned that I’ll look over the book summary once when I first purchase the book and then never look at it again?  Well, that came back to bite me this time because I started reading this book and got really freakin’ confused.

Never Let Me Go” is told in the first person perspective of Kathy.  The book actually starts with Kathy as an adult, reflecting back on her childhood and teen years and her relationships.  She is raised in a boarding school in the English countryside and from a young age, she bonds with two other students – Ruth and Tommy.  Kathy is usually the one who stands back and observes, while Ruth is a little more on the outgoing side.  Tommy is known to have a horrible temper and is teased by many of his classmates.  Kathy befriends him because she realizes there is more to Tommy underneath the bursts of anger and frustration.

At their school, Hailsham, the students are taught normal school subjects but are also pushed to be creative and athletic.  The students know that they are special from others outside of Hailsham, but they aren’t exactly sure how since they are totally isolated.  As teens, more pieces start to fall into place about what makes Hailsham students different and how they can cope in the outside world once they leave the school.  At this time, Ruth and Tommy start to date, leaving Kathy as the third wheel, but she still acts as a confidant to both.  Together, they go through the journey to adulthood while piecing together parts of their past that, at the time, were things that happened in passing that only now start to make sense and will determine the rest of their lives.

Okay, like I said above, this book TOTALLY confused the heck out of me.  I actually had to look up some spoilers because I thought I was just an idiot and didn’t understand what was going on.  If you want to know the real story, you need to go out and read this book yourself.  It would give way too much away if I told you, and what’s the fun in that?

Although the book was confusing and maybe a little bit “too deep” for me (I don’t like to think too much), I did like it, but didn’t love it.  It was something different for me.  I liked that it was told from Kathy’s perspective, but I found it really confusing when Kathy would mention something, then say that she has to tell another story first, then will go off track again before she finally gets back to the story she originally wanted to tell.  By the time that whole song and dance was done, I usually forgot what the original story was.

This weekend when I was in the middle of this book, I was watching E! News and something was mentioned about Keira Knightley’s new movie being shot called “Never Let Me Go“, so I thought to myself, “Hmm, wonder if it’s the same as this book…” and turns out, it is.  The movie starring Keira Knightley as Ruth and Carey Mulligan as Kathy and some dude I don’t know as Tommy is apparently out in theaters in limited release.  (Pssst: Pittsburghers – it’s showing at the Cinemagic Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill and the Waterfront.)  I have a feeling that this story in movie format will be even more confusing as the book, but maybe it will be told in a different order.  Don’t know.  I’ll have to check it out when it gets to Netflix.

Has anyone else read this or seen the movie yet?  Thoughts?

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This is the first real book I’ve read in awhile.  By “real book”, I mean a book made of paper.  When the movie came out last year, I wanted to download it on my Kindle but it wasn’t available.  My mom recently borrowed this book from a coworker so I jumped right on that, especially since I knew I would use my super-duper fast book reading skills to be able to get it back to her quickly.

The Time Traveler’s Wife” is about a man named Henry who has time traveling skills; he first learns of this ability as a young child.  He can go back in time, sometimes forward, and even back in time to himself at another age.  When he time travels, he can’t take anything with him so every time he ends up somewhere, he’s naked and has to learn to obtain clothes and other supplies.  The story is also about a woman named Clare, who  meets Henry as a time traveler when she is a young child and helps him by getting him clothes, food, etc.  Even though she is just a young girl and Henry is an adult when they meet, they build a special bond and Henry visits her many times up throughout her teenage years.  The time traveling parts do get confusing (my mom warned me of this) – it goes back and forth to different years, Henry’s and Clare’s ages are listed each chapter so you know what time period it’s taking part in and whether or not Henry is time traveling.  I’m actually maybe jumping around a bit here in the summary because it’s so hard to go in order of the actual book, but you get the point.

Henry and Clare meet up in “real time” and while Clare has known Henry all of her life, “real time” Henry doesn’t know that he knows Clare but she fills him in on the whole situation.  They fall in love (more so than they already were) and become married.  The rest of the story other than these main points that I mentioned tells more details about how both Henry and Clare got to where they were and what their future is like together and how they deal with his time traveling “chrono-displacement” disease.

So let me tell you… I loved this book.  Yes, loved.  My mom was a little iffy about it because it jumped around, and sometimes after I put the book down for awhile, I had to flip back a few pages to remember what year/age I was last reading about.  Other than that, something about it was just so… romantic?  I’m not sure how to explain it.  The book didn’t make me cry, but just imaging the strength of the love between Clare and Henry really got me.  Normally I’d say something like “I wish I had a Henry”, but I’m pretty darn happy with my Matt.  And luckily, he doesn’t time travel (unless there’s something he’s not telling me).

Has anyone seen the movie?  I wanted to wait to see it until I read the book.  I’m sure I’ll be disappointed because how the heck could they fit all of the details into a 2 hour movie?  They can’t.  Is the movie going to make me cry?  I bet it will… sappy Rachel McAdams movies do that to me (like “The Notebook”).

Julie & Julia – the movie

So…. this weekend, I broke down and watched the movie version of “Julie & Julia” (refer back to my post, “Julie & Julia” from a few weeks ago).  *Sigh*  I never like movies that are based on books.  Never.

As I had speculated in my blog post, Julia Child was so much more present in the movie than in the book, so that part was interesting.  You learn about how she moved to Paris and learned how to cook and got a book deal, etc.  I liked that.  However, it TOTALLY took away from poor Julie Powell!  If I were her, I’d feel totally gypped by the movie.  Maybe that doesn’t matter to her (or other people), but I felt like the movie barely paid any attention to her.  The movie showed her making maybe, what, 5 recipes out of 524?  Obviously, a movie can’t fit several hundred pages worth of words into  1 1/2 to 2 hours, but still.  Ugh.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a cute movie, but I am begging you, please, PLEASE, go out and read the book even if you have already seen the movie.  The movie does not give Julie Powell’s story justice at all.  Plus, the storyline bugged me: in the movie, she wants to start blogging and comes up with the Julia Child cookbook idea; in the book, she loves the cookbook but doesn’t even KNOW what a blog is until her husband explains it to her.  Annoying!  Just my thoughts.

P.S. I don’t plan on becoming a movie reviewer – I hate most movies – but I do feel that it is my job to tell you how much the movie versions of books suck.

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