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Reading the Screen: 2013 Oscar Nominations

oscarI don’t know if this means anything, but five of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees for the Academy Award are based on books. They are:

Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same name.

Argo, based on Antonio Mendez’s 1999 memoir The Master of Disguise (written with Malcolm McConnell). Mendez is the CIA agent played by Ben Affleck in the movie, which also draws from a 2007 Wired magazine article, “The Great Escape,” written by Joshuah Bearman.

Lincoln, partly based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 Lincoln bio A Team of Rivals.

Life of Pi, based on Yann Martel’s 2002 novel of the same name.

Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name. (Okay, technically it’s based on the stage musical based on the book, but this isn’t the place for nitpicking.)

You keep hearing that people don’t read as much as they used to, that books are a dying breed…I don’t buy it. I would like it, though, if the people who made the movies would go to a little more effort to mention that there’s a book, too.

What do you think?




About the Author:

David Pitt lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to reviewing for Booklist, he writes a monthly column about paperback fiction and nonfiction for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has contributed to The Booklist Reader since 2010.

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