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I loved all the movies (and books!) mentioned EXCEPT for Atonement which I found overdone and pretentious. I disagree about how closely it follows the book -- Ian McEwan's writing is truly wondrous -- so spare and economical yet full of pathos and shock. I felt the movie was only full of pathos and shock. Or maybe it was the lead actress and her insufferably frozen beautiful poses.


But the plot was still there - and that's what knocked me out this time around as well as the first time with the book.

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

I love book to movie adaptations when they WORK. There are some that are heartbreaking. I cried while watching the movie Eragon because it obliterated the heart of the book. You could barely compare the two and if I had been Christopher Paolini I'd have been shattered by the poor adaptation.

Still, despite these common issues with book to movie transistions I still love movies that were originally books and movies about writers.

I haven't seen any of the three mentioned above and I will have to go on a hunt for them. Thanks so much for the recommendation.

Rebecca Laffar-Smith

Loved "No Country for Old Men." Didn't read the book but the film totally worked for me and I am a real Coen brothers fan, despite the gore. Just after taking your class, Barbara, I watched, "Bernard and Doris," about Doris Duke with Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes (spelling) so spare and so great. It is on HBO. Catch it if it comes around again. There is not a false note in the entire film and the performances are really a study in understatement. I am trying to get info on the film about Virginia Woolfe. You asked about movies about writers. It was a documentary by a Swedish director. I will hunt around and get you the title. It was gorgeous. Best, Loren Stephens


Rebecca - and books to film so rarely work.
Loren - I'll look for Bernard and Doris - I read the review which was great - Thanks for reminding me.


slightly off tpoic here, but, are there documentaries about writers? i've been trying to search online for them but i'm not having any luck!

i happen to love 'stranger than fiction' (2006) though my husband couldn't stand it! more times than not, i'm disappointed with movie adaptions of novels (my biggest disappointments were "white oleander" & the "mermaid chair"! the movies are just terrible!) but the few instances where i like the movies better than the book are 'fried green tomato's,' 'practical magic' and 'shawshank redemption' (i know, that's a story, not a book!). that's all i can recall at the moment!


ON WRITING is one of my favorites. Congrats on your prergoss!My best advice to writers is to read a lot and write a lot. It's easy to let self doubt or fear of success get in the way. Not writing is the only sure way to fail. Best of luck in your journey.


Beetles as friends would not have been an image or a tgohhut I would have put together. Sometimes surprises really jar us out of our normal way of thinking and into new realizations.


First of all I wanted to ask you if mroeims appeal to women over 50 more than younger women? I thought of that as I read your post. Secondly, I'm selective about most mroeims I read. I prefer those with humor, and to be entertained with exciting adventures. I wonder why? I don't care to read much about abusive childhoods, or alcoholic parents etc.

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