Sunday, March 13, 2011

On Movies - bookish

This week's theme at The Bumbles Blog is right up our alley...we're talking about films that feature books -- not films based on books, however. Woo-wee, some of my favorites! Here are my top three in chronological order.

  1. Misery (1990) Starring James Cann and Kathy Bates. Working while on deadline is often a form of torture for authors, add an obsessed fan and it's taken to a new level.
  2. Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Starring Will Farrell and Emma Thompson. Farrell's character finds his life has become the plot of a novel whose author is struggling with writer's block and pressure from her publisher.
  3. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) The members of a book club dedicated to Jane Austen novels find their lives following some of the same themes found in the books they discuss. 
Be sure to check out what the rest of the gang comes up with at the Bumbles.


yogurt said...

The Squid and the Whale. An award winning, arrogant author (Jeff Daniels), can't seem to write a follow-up book worth a damn. Meanwhile, his family suffers right along with him.

Also, I recently saw for the first time Judy Davis in My Brilliant Career. She plays Sybylla, a woman writer at the turn of the century. She's expected to conform and marry but all she can think about is independence and writing.

I love post topics like this. Movies, books, movies about books, movies about people who write books...

Lindsey said...

Ooohh, I forgot all about Misery. Such a classic choice!

The Gal Herself said...

I loved all three of these films! I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Jane Austen Book Club -- I just happened upon it on one of the movie channels one weekend afternoon and was drawn in completely.

Sassy B. said...

I remember liking The Squid and the Whale very much but had forgotten the Daniels character was an author.

It's really interesting to see the films people think of -- especially this topic.

dkuroiwa said...

I'm going to say The Hours.
That was one of those movies that I can remember really really liking.

Stranger Than Fiction was a joy to watch...Misery? oh yeah. gooood movie.

Nessa said...

I was trying to remember the name of Misery. I couldn't remember what it was called. Great list!

I only came up with one :(

Kwizgiver said...

Three excellent choices! I feel like a doofus because I couldn't really think of anything.