Books & Movies & Authors

Eat, Pray, Love started as a book and is becoming an industry.  The movie will be released next week,  with movie tie in’s including clothes, linens, tea, furniture, and home accessories on QVC! 

It is one of the most recent book and movie pairs, with the author as the “star” of the film and the book.  It got us thinking of other books that feature authors as the cental character in the book and the film, a nice new twist!  Take a look.  Know of  any others?  Tell us your favorites in the comments section!  Author..in book..in film..hmmm!

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Eat, Pray, Love : one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia / Elizabeth Gilbert

Coming to a theater near you in August, the film version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love  will renew interest in this 2006 bestseller.  The adventure-filled memoir chronicles Gilbert’s 12-month solo journey.  Italy with its rich cuisine re- awakens her sense of pleasure, while India provides much-needed spiritual solace and Indonesia a loving companion.   ( Book Page )

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Capote ( DVD) Sony Pictures

In 1959, Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. He learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, “In Cold Blood.”   ( Publisher’s Content )

In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences / Truman Capote

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.  As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.  ( Random House )

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The Hours  (DVD) Paramount Home Entertainment

In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, ‘Mrs. Dalloway, ‘ under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband’s birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf’s novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.   ( Publisher’s Content )   Based on the book,

The Hours / Michael Cunningham

It takes courage to emulate a revered and brilliant writer, not to mention transforming her into a character. Cunningham has done this and more in his third novel, a graceful and passionate homage to Virginia Woolf, his goddess and his muse. The Hours was her working title for what became Mrs. Dalloway, the template for this evocative tale, and Cunningham makes beautiful, improvisational use of every facet of Woolf’s novel and life story.   ( Booklist )

Mrs. Dalloway / Virginia Woolf

In Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf details Clarissa Dalloway’s preparations for a party of which she is to be hostess, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life.  ( Houghton Mifflin Harcourt )

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 Under the Tuscan Sun ( DVD ) / Touchstone Pictures

Who hasn’t dreamed at least once of running off to a foreign country and starting a new life? That’s exactly what Frances Mayes ( played by Diane Lane ) does in UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN.  Traveling in Tuscany after a heart-wrenching divorce, Frances surprises herself by making an offer on a rundown villa.  Essentially, the film is an affirmation that good things can happen if one lets them–and that sometimes what seems like a terrible mistake or a crazy idea is a really a blessing.   ( Muze )

Under the Tuscan Sun : at Home in Italy / Frances Mayes

While on vacation, a just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life. Along the way she finds that sometimes what seems like a mistake is really a blessing.   ( Publisher’s Content )

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Shakespeare in Love ( DVD ) / Miramax Films

When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer’s block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before! 

Romeo and Juliet / William Shakespeare

The ultimate forbidden romance!  Star crossed lovers, new found passion, tragic and eternal love.  Shakespeare has it all!

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3 thoughts on “Books & Movies & Authors

  1. How about THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING? In the film Rudyard Kipling plays a prominant role, as well as documenting the story of two English freebooters (Sean Connery and Michael Caine) who seek their fortune in the mythical land of Kafiristan. The Kipling story is so full of Anglo-Indian slang, that the movie is much more understansable.

  2. How about Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion?” There have been several novels penned by Garrison Keillor, who played himself in the film.

    • Several more have come in through email as well…
      Film: Julie/Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams about Julia Child and her book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”

      Film: My Left Foot with Daniel Day – Lewis as Christy Brown, author and painter

      Keep em coming….

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