Friday 5: Book to Movie

Many books are made into movies; it’s no revelation. Some of these titles will be reminders to revisit old tales, but maybe one or two may be new to you.

First up – the inspiration for this post! As I wandered the internet I learned that James Michener wrote the novel Tales of the South Pacific, which is the source of both the musical and the movie “South Pacific.”  The book, published in 1947, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Click HERE to read more.  The Broadway musical first ran in 1949 and the movie was released in 1958.


The movie “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is based on the book of the same name, written by Maria Semple. I listened to it last year. I’m not sure how I missed the book when it was published in 2012 (see more HERE), but it was an engaging listen!  The movie is so recent that I’m not posting a link to it.


Boy Erased, Garrard Conley’s memoir of his experience with conversion therapy, was the basis for the movie of the same name starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe. Click HERE for info on the 2016 book and  HERE to learn more about the 2018 movie.  


“The Mambo Kings” was based on the book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos.  The book was published in 1989 – click  HERE.  The 1993 movie starred Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas; click HERE.  A tidbit: Genevieve Driscoll of the Genevieve Driscoll Reading List, AKA Grandma, corresponded with Hijuelos; the letters were found after her death, and I have one of those original letters.


Legends of the Fall, a novella written by Michigan author Jim Harrison and published in 1979, was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. The movie, which was released in 1994, was nominated for three Academy Awards and won an Academy Award for Cinematography. Click HERE for more detail.

Stay well and love your neighbor, friends.

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