Oscars and the Books Behind the Movies

Although some are anticipating the Academy Awards – the Oscars – as the adult version of a couture prom, others have been noting this week those books that have been made into movies.  Up in the Air was first published in 2001 – and what a surprise – the book is different from the movie.  The author, Walter Kim, says it has changed how he writes.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122072154

This could spawn a new genre – books written to be read after you see the movie.  Certainly, the movies have already given new life to some obscure novels, but have you ever looked for the book after you’ve seen the movie?

After seeing the production of Wicked, I looked for the book by Gregory Maguire, and the movie Atonement opened the world of Ian McEwan’s books to me – Saturday and On Chesil Beach. McEwan has a new book coming in March – Solar.

Has the movie ever inspired you to read the book?