This year has been a delightful one in so far as bookish peeps are concerned in terms of books which have been breathed with new life through film adaptations. I don’t know on which side of the fence you’re at Gentle Readers, but in so far as I can speak for myself, I do consider myself belonging to that group who enjoys watching movies based on books regardless if the latter sticks true to the spirit of former — well, it’s a new medium of storytelling after all. For me there’s just something magical in the experience of seeing a character or characters you first read on the page making the transition on a live screen. It’s at these times when the pleasure of the text transmutes into what Guillermo del Torro calls “eye protein”.
It’s been a long standing habit of mine (as well as others, I presume) to read the book first before getting to see its movie counterpart. It is from this standpoint, along with the aim to shake things up and bring this dark alley back to life, why I decided to launch another blog feature aptly called: Read the Book, See the Film.
Read the Book, See the Film is a blog feature wherein I read and review books on the occasion and in anticipation for their upcoming film adaptation.
October bodes well and provides the right timing for this set of books I’ll be reading (one’s actually a reread), particularly for this book entry that will be released, hopefully and with fingers crossed, in our country in the weeks to come. Without further ado here are the tomes (yes, two of them are “thick” that’s why I’m calling them that) bumped up in the must-be-read pile for this month:
- Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – I first read this book earlier this year and I kind of rushed through it because of this erroneous article I read somewhere stating that it’ll be shown in the summer. The film was already released here in the country in the last week of September. And yes, I just finished a (obligatory) reread of the book late night Thursday making my excitement shot up to see the charming friendship of Charlie, Patrick and Sam on screen. Will Logan Lerman and Emma Watson — in her first film post-Harry Potter film role — deliver? Will Stephen Chbosky, who also directed and wrote the screenplay for the film, remain truthful and faithful to its source? One thing’s I know for sure: that hopefully after seeing the movie I want to feel infinite.
UPDATE: Click here to read my book review!
UPDATE: For my thoughts about the book’s movie adaptation read my Flick Jabber.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel – honestly, this book has been sitting, gathering dust in my bookshelf for years, which to me seems to be the ultimate crime to commit in face of those who see the book as the top favorite among the books awarded with the Man Booker Prize. In any case, the film, directed by the renowned Ang Lee of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame, must be the nudge I’ve been waiting all along to finally tackle Martel’s book about a boy and a Bengal tiger marooned on a life boat. Yes… that’s all I know about its plot; I’m quite surprised the story wasn’t spoiled by some of my friends who already read it. Maybe a part of my brain just shut down and ignored it when they started discussing it on front of my face. Haha! *shrug*
UPDATE: Click here to read my book review!
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – this book caused quite a five-starred rating storm among my friends from Goodreads | The Filipino Group no less instigated by the Mitchell Triumvirate (read: fans) of Angus, Monique and Aldrin. What once thought to be an “un-adaptable” book is in reality not so, no small thanks to the Wachowski brothers, notable for their ground-breaking work on The Matrix Trilogy, receiving accolades when it was first shown during the Toronto International Film Festival. Cloud Atlas tells six interconnected stories spanning historical to dystopian fiction with some critics lauding it as “genre bending”. Of the three, this one earns the distinction whose trailer I haven’t seen yet. Judging from the movie posters that I inadvertently saw (posted online by one the Mitchell Triumvirate perhaps?!) Hale Berry and Tom Hanks are in it. I’m quite curious which characters in the book will these Oscar Award-winners will portray. Shown in the picture are my different editions of Cloud Atlas (Cloud Atlases?). Based from the opinion of a highly-esteemed friend (Chos!), I’ll be reading the “Pink” one published in 2005 by Sceptre — for curiosity’s sake, the other edition published by Vintage is fondly called by friends as the “Pag-asa” (an acronym of the Philippine’s weather forecasting agency) edition due to one of the images (the one on the third lower part on the right) similar to a weather forecast simulation shown in most our primetime news here (LOL!). Okay, I need to end this entry now because it has too much snarky (parenthetical) asides (see!) for its own good.
All right, that’s all for this month’s line up of reading. I do hope I’ll finish them in time, much better in advance for I have something cooking up before October ends.
Dark nights and pleasant wonders!