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Friday Feature: Skipping the Books and Going Straight to Screen

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I haven’t posted a “Friday Feature” in some time and the feature keeps changing depending on what I want to talk about. But they are always book related. Books, Movies, TV, Music-all enjoyable formats of the arts. I’ll try to make this feature more regular this year because it’s one of the posts I really have fun doing.

I try to read books before watching them come to life on the screen. Emphasis on try. With an ever growing TBR pile, I’ve decided to let myself off the hook and go straight to the TV/Movie adaptation for several that have piqued my curiosity. These five have my attention and while I hope to read them at some point, chances are I will just sit down and enjoy them with a large bowl of popcorn:

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

To be honest, this book was never on my radar until I heard it was going to be a movie. So, I looked into reading it and then found out it is 650 pages and part of a trilogy. Ugh! Tudor England, Henry VIII and Damien Lewis sealed the deal for me to just watch the miniseries by BBC coming to the states in April 2015.

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

I had never heard of this book until the movie cover books arrived at the library (never a fan of those). Well, anyway, many of the staff and patrons simply loved this movie starring Helen Mirren (whom I LOVE) and while the book is a mere 256 pages, I’m going to treat myself with some Mirren, food and fun.

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Okay this is a bit of a cheat because I read the first book. More like skimmed the second half of it. The book didn’t work for me and while I liked it enough, I was never set on reading the rest of the series (9 books to be exact!). But I watched the first season on Starz and really enjoyed it. I look forward to season two (it’s really season 1: part two) with more Jamie, more Scottish brogue, the music and more Jamie. 🙂

 

Serena by Ron Rash

This 2008 novel balancing beauty and violence kept calling to me from the stacks at work. When I heard it was being adapted to screen with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, I took pause. Ever since they partnered up in Silver Linings Playbook and then American Hustle, I fell in love with their on-screen chemistry. Looking forward to the release in late March 2015.

 

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

While I haven’t read any of Hardy’s novels, I’m going to skip this one and keep my eye set on reading his famous Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Far from the Madding Crowd was already adapted in 1967 but this year BBC Films is releasing a newer version in May 2015 starring Carey Mulligan and Martin Sheen. I just love Carey Mulligan!

So that’s five on my radar and many more to come I am certain.

What books are you skipping to watch the adaptation?

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