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Art imitating…other art

I’m pretty in love with this list on BuzzFeed that gives book recommendations based on favorite movies. This could have been really simplistic, pairing books up with movies whose plots were super similar or were even based on one another. However, the compiler of this list really thought about it, basing the recommendations much more on sentiment, overarching theme or general takeaway more than anything else. Some of them are more plot-based, but there’s clearly real thought going on here.

Though I’ll admit there are only three pairings here where I’ve both read the book and seen the movie (Pulp Fiction and The Sisters Brothers, Amelie and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and finally, Midnight in Paris and The Paris Wife) I’ve really enjoyed all six of those things so I’m going to go ahead and assume that the rest of the thirty matchups are equally helpful. And I’ve definitely got some books and movies on my to read/to watch list now.

I’m really curious about Q by Evan Mandery—not only is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind a great film, but Q’s cover is just really lovely. I’ve picked up The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson in bookstores more times than I can even remember but for some reason, have never purchased it, even though I’ve said time and time again that I specifically love books about quirky, offbeat families. I’ll have to give it a real shot next time!

I love the Amelie/The Elegance of the Hedgehog matchup. Yes, there’s the obvious Parisian connection, but though both have whimsical covers and conceits, there is a truly dark undertone to both pieces that gives each an unforgettable quality.

I’m a sucker for book recommendation lists, so this was the perfect Friday afternoon treat. If you could pair a movie with a book, what would it be?

3 Responses to Art imitating…other art

  1. Joelle says:

    How about a movie and an author? If you liked Gosford Park, then maybe try a Gergette Heyer murder mystery (she wrote a lot of romance, and is probably more well-known for those). They’re kind of Agatha Christie drawing room mysteries, but with humour.

    And if you liked (and who didn’t?) Bull Durham, then the memoir by Dirk Hayhurst, THE BULLPEN GOSPELS is for you (Miriam?).

    I could probably go on but there’s that little thing called writing that I should be doing.

  2. Joelle says:

    Hmmm…I just went and checked out their list. Not sure about the Gosford Park and The Luminaries. I can see where they got that…tons of characters and well developed…maybe. I can see the Back to the Future pairing with WHEN YOU REACH ME, but I wouldn’t have thought of it.

    I love this list and found both books and movies I now want to read/watch! Thanks.

    And for the record, I’ve actually done my writing for the day, so it’s cool.

  3. Simone says:

    Thanks, I added several to my book list! I can vouch for Pan’s Labyrinth and Miss Pettigrine as a good pair for fans of dark fairy/magical stories (although Pan’s Labyrinth is far superior).

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