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This week in the Daily Express

January 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Manchester Express, News

There are several movies that have recently been released that are based on books. I’m always hesitant to see a movie based on a book I really liked. Sometimes the director gets it right and sometimes the movie just isn’t as good as good as the book. Probably the worst movie based on a book was Endless Love, based on the book by the same name by Scott Spencer. The author must really have cringed when he saw Brooke Shields play his main character. The most surprising movie based on an author’s work is The Shawshank Redemption because most people don’t know Stephen King wrote the short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” that was the basis for the movie. The following books have recently been made into movies and are available at the Manchester City Library. All the movies mentioned will be available at the Library when they are released on DVD. See which one you like better – the book or the movie.

Atonement by Ian McEwan –This book has recently been made into a critically acclaimed movie starring Keira Knightly and James McAvoy. In Atonement a young girl makes a false accusation of rape, destroying the lives of several people. Nominated for Britain’s Booker Prize, this book has received varying reviews—from the best to the worst book ever written. Reading the book can add to understanding the characters and the plot depicted in the movie.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson – People are saying the movie based on this book that stars Will Smith is in the running for an Oscar. The book was written in 1954 and is actually a novella and ten short stories. Ray Bradbury called Matheson one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and Stephen King says the book I Am Legend was an inspiration to him. This is the story of the last man on earth – the only one who hasn’t succumbed to a virus that has transformed other humans into vampires.

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern – Holly Kennedy, played by Hilary Swank in the movie, is a young Irish girl whose world collapses when her husband Gerry dies from a brain tumor. Gerry left Holly a series of letters –one to be opened every month—that guide Holly in her attempts to rebuild her life. Gerry gets Holly involved in some very funny schemes with her Irish friends and family. People who like Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes will like this book.

Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane — Ben Affleck directed this movie starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Monoghan. It’s set in Boston and is the story of local private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angie Genarro working on a missing child case. Lehane’s book Mystic River was also made into a critically acclaimed movie.


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