1 Jun 2011

Willa wants to Read... The book behind the film

So I've seen the film (not knowing that there was a book behind it) and now I want to read the book because as we all know: usually the book is much better than the film :-)

Which books-made-into-films can you recommend?

"Whip It" by Shauna Cross
The film starring Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore (who is also the director) is full of great girlpower girls who rollerskates in derbys that are something of a rollerskating meets fight club thing. Full of cool clothes, great music and fun moments! I have already seen it twice and I absolutely have to read the book.
From amazon.com: Meet Bliss Cavendar, an indie-rock-loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas. Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Bluebonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny. Bliss’s escape? Roller Derby. When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most hard-core derby chick has to learn.

"The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis
I know, I know... I really should have read this one before watching the movie. Sorry.
From amazon.com: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated to a house during the war wherein lives a vague professor. Left much to their own devices, they find a way into another world - Narnia - and discover Aslan, the lion king in hiding.

"Thank You for Smoking" by Christopher Buckley
Great movie - heard the book is fun. From amazon.com: "Nick Naylor had been called most things since becoming chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, but until now no one had actually compared him to Satan." So begins the adventures of this protagonist, a shamelessly slimy yuppie and PR flack par excellence for the tobacco industry. The story, such as it is, consists of Naylor's attempts to prop up his failing corporate star by expanding his defense of the evil weed. Working the airwaves, he engineers successful, hysterical appearances on Oprah and Larry King , after which he's kidnapped by anti-tobacco terrorists who attempt to murder him by plastering his body with nicotine patches.


  1. I ve seen the film of whip it and enjoyed the film as I knew little about roller derby and was nice to find out some more about it ,all the best stu

  2. The blog Two Bibliomaniacs is hosting a books-to-movies challenge. Here's the link: http://twobibliomaniacs.blogspot.com/2011/05/books-to-movies-challenge.html. It might give you some ideas about books to read. Plus who doesn't love a good challenge?

    My favorite books made into films are:

    -A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    -Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
    -Stardust by Neil Gaiman (although I prefer the movie to the book)
    -M*A*S*H by Richard Hooker (the television series was amazing as well)
    -The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    -The Never-Ending Story by Michael Ende

  3. @Stu: I love the film as well. Btw. haven't forgotten about the book I need to sent you but (long story) have been only unable to get to the post office.

    @Gabriel: thanks for the great recommendations and for the link, really appreciate it :-)

  4. I loved the film, and want to read the book too :)