Friday, February 25, 2011

Before they were movies...

They were paperback or hardback books. "The Twilight Saga," and "Harry Potter Series" most people know as books turned into movies. How many people today know that "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Jane Austen Book Club," "East of Eden," "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Great Gatsby," "To Kill A Mockingbird," and Matt Damon's "Bourne" trilogy also started out as books before they were turned into movies? The list is endless!

"Sex and the City" was a TV series turned movie from a book as well. "Lipstick Jungle" wasn't as popular a TV series, but came from the same author who wrote "Sex and the City": Candace Bushnell.

How many people in the world today realize Jane Austen's contribution to the movie industry? "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," "Persuasion," "Mansfield Park," and "Northanger Abbey" are all Jane Austen's books, and all have been made into movies. The more well-known titles have countless remakes as well.

I'm on my Austen high horse because I just finished reading "Mansfield Park," started reading "Persuasion" today, and before either of them I read "Pride and Prejudice." Each love story has a happy ending, but not without hardship. The differences I've seen in "Mansfield Park" and "Pride and Prejudice" leaves me in awe of Jane Austen. They seemed so different from each other at times, it was like two different people wrote each book.

Even if you've never read any of these books, chances are you've seen a movie adaptation.

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