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8 Great Books into Movies

This Fall’s crop of movies are quite literary. They range from Anna Karenina to Jack Reacher — so there’s something for everyone. Which one are you most likely to see? Or, are you a movie buff who will watch all of them?


1. Life of Pi

This movie, based on Yann Martel‘s bestselling novel about a boy on a dangerous crossing of the Pacific with a tiger named Richard Parker, looks beautifully cinematic.


2. Cloud Atlas

This is a complex and layered book by David Mitchell, it will be interesting to see how the directors, The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, handle all the different eras—the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.


3.  Killing Them Softly

Based on George V Higgins‘ crime novel Cogan’s Trade, this movie looks like it’s not for the faint of heart. Starring Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.


4. Anna Karenina

And now for something a little bit softer, if only visually. Based on the classic novel of the same name, by Leo Tolstoy this movie stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law.


5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

For the teens out there or anyone who remembers being a teen. This book by Stephen Chbosky is about growing up as an high school outsider. The movie stars Emma Watson and other young actors I’m not young enough to know.


6. Jack Reacher

This movie has been a long time coming. Based on Lee Child‘s book, One Shot, this looks like one heck of an exciting movie. And, love him or hate him, Tom Cruise is a compelling actor.


7. Midnight’s Children

Based on Salman Rushdie‘s novel, and directed by Deepa Mehta, this movie has been a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival. A pair of children born within moments of India gaining independence from England grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent’s generation.


8. Mr. Pip

Last, and only because there is no trailer released yet, is the movie based on Mister Pip, a beloved novel by Lloyd Jones.  On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, where the teachers have fled with most everyone else, only one white man chooses to stay behind: the eccentric Mr. Watts (Hugh Laurie), object of much curiosity and scorn, who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations.



About Ainsley

Ainsley Sparkes is an avid reader and knitter. She feels that once she learns to knit and read simultaneously she’ll be unstoppable. A life-long love of books has led her to this position as Online Marketing Coordinator at Random House of Canada. But who knows, her recently reignited interest in mystery novels may convince her to give it all up to become a detective. You should follow Ainsley on Twitter here @RandomHouseCA. or here @AinsleySparkes.

7 Responses to “8 Great Books into Movies”

  1. Kathleen lenshyn says:

    The way you have introduced these books makes me want to go out and get all of them and read them before the movie. But alas, too much homework has me sitting up burning the midnight oil. I may be able to accomplish some of this when I go in for surgery on my left hand in October. Can’t wait.

  2. Meghan Paton says:

    Mr. Pip is one of my favourite books of all time. I love that they cast Hugh Laurie – I think it was a great decision.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I have a weakness for Lee Child’s “Reacher” series. His book, “One Shot” has been made into a film.
    Here is a description of Reacher: Reacher is 6′ 5″ tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg). He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair… Reacher’s strength is combined with his savant intellect and military training, analyzing his environment and opponents at extremely high processing speeds.

    Who is playing Reacher? TOM CRUISE!

  4. Catherine says:


    Tom Cruise could not act his way out of a paper bag.

    • Kat says:

      Hey Catherine,
      I’m sure there are others that feel that way and it’s funny that you say that because in a meeting yesterday, someone mentioned it. They said that someone they know who also isn’t Tom Cruise’s biggest fan said that within minutes of watching, they were totally sucked in and Tom Cruise becomes Jack Reacher. So if you can, I would definitely see the movie since apparently he is actually very good!


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