Did anyone watch the Oscars this past weekend? Thoughts? Exciting? Dull? I found it mostly unsurprising, but it also made me consider something I hadn’t thought before. Typically a film’s performance during awards season will bring more interest, spurring ticket sales, etc. But what about the books from which many of these films originate? Several of the notable nominees this year were book adaptations—The Social Network based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; True Grit and Winter’s Bone both based on novels of the same names, by Charles Portis and Daniel Woodrell, respectively; 127 Hours based on Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston.
So I guess my question is: watching a nominated film take home a top honor at the Oscars may make you more interested seeing it, but does it also compel you to pick up the book? Even think of past winners: Schindler’s List; The Godfather; Million Dollar Baby. If you enjoyed the film, would you ever consider turning to the text, without which there would be no film? Do you have any particular favorite books that turned into film adaptations?