Thursday, April 1, 2010

April: You've Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book!

I LOVE reading books and then watching the movies made from them. In that order. If I know the movie is based on a book, I can't see it first because then I when I go to read it, I have the characters' faces stuck in my head while I'm reading. And that's just wrong. Actually, so was the grammar in that last sentence, but oh well.

Here is the list of possible contenders:

African Queen, by C.S. Forester
The Quiet American, by Graham Greene
The Men Who Stare at Goats, by Jon Ronson
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Painted Veil, by Somerset Maugham
The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
Charlie Wilson's War, by George Crile
The Stoning of Soraya M.,by Freidoune Sahebjam
Night of the Hunter, by Davis Grubb

...that's enough for now...I'm sure there are more in the shelves but I haven't found them all yet.


  1. I am so absolutely with you. I have a real problem keeping the movie characters out of my head when i read the book, if I have seen the movie first. Little Women comes to mind as an example.

  2. I know! I don't want to hear Ralph Fiennes, say, when I read the English Patient, or see his face!


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