Jan 10

A reminder about our new monthly newsletter, and the book we’ll be publishing to celebrate this year’s Booktopia events. In honor of the Sundance Film Festival, we discuss books and short stories that have been or will be, made into movies. And finally, it’s one book, we both love: The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.

Not Yet on the Nightstand

Our forthcoming monthly newsletter finally has a name: Not Yet on the Nightstand (thanks to Doug on our Facebook page for coming up with the title – even though Ann claims she came up with it first, but I have no memory of that!). The newsletter will take a quick look at manuscripts we have just read and loved, but that won’t be out for a few months, plus a calendar of exciting books coming out the following month.

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As we did last year, we will be creating a book to commemorate the Booktopia 2012 events.  Full details on how to submit will soon be sent to all registered attendees and authors. Sadly, the deadline for getting the book ready in time for the first event in April means that folks who wait to register for Oxford in June or Santa Cruz in October may be left out. Yet another reason to register soon!

Adaptations (9:26)

Sundance Film Festival starts soon, and will feature two movies based on books: Wuthering Heights and Lay the Favorite. Ann and her daughter recently watched the movie version of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which was disappointing to say the least. Two book-based movies we are looking forward to are Norwegian Wood and The Woman in Black.

Adaptations is a collection of 35 short stories that were turned into movies. I think it would make for an interesting book group discussion to read several of the stories and then watch the movies to see how they were expanded.

And Two One Book We Both Can’t Wait For You to Read (18:27)

It’s rare for Ann and I to read the same book, and our tastes are different enough that we don’t always agree when we do. But we both love The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.

 The story follows Pak Jun Do, a boy raised by his father in an orphan work camp. In adulthood, he finds himself serving the North Korean government in several covert capacities until he finally ascends to a level that pits him against the Dear Leader himself, Kim Jong-il. The writing is wonderful and the research that went into the book creates a picture of a North Korea that has rarely been glimpsed.

  • Jessica Botterman

    I’m really looking forward to The Hunger Games movie that comes out in March. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was taken in by this book and I’m dying to see how they interpret it. Im petrified that it’s going to be awful but I’m crossing my fingers.

  • Great podcast! The Orphan Master’s Son is just my type of reading material. Will get it shortly. I was just craving something about North Korea. For others interested in this subject, (former?) CIA analyst Frank Church (pseudonym) does a great series featuring Inspector O. You must read it. It’s great background.

  • Stacey

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been made into a movie and it looks amazing.  Huge fan of the podcast.

  • Carla jo

    We went and saw we bought a zoo this past Monday.  I loved, loved the book, the movie was a huge disappointment.  Nothing at all like the book. 

  • Linda

    I agree with Ann about being disappointed with the movie of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Major, major disappointment.

  • Tigitt2

    The only movie made from a book that I really enjoyed and was amazed at how close it followed the book was Dances With Wolves. I found out later that the book was written from the movie!! Good reason. Books and movies are totally different art forms and should’nt be compared, altho near impossible not to!

  • Elizabeth Abraham

    Like Jessica, I’m waiting for The Hunger Games. I am usually quite disappointed with  adaptations, though must say that I quite like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the foreign version), and I really disliked  the book.

  • Sherylcb

    Is anyone else having trouble signing up for the newsletter? I’ve “signed up” three times and I’ve added BOTNS to my address book, but I’m not getting a confirmation e-mail. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Kristin

    I’m really looking forward to the BBC/HBO coproduction of Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End this fall. It’s a miniseries rather than a film–I studied it during my MA in England and it’s a fabulous modernist/condition of England novel. It takes place during the Edwardian period like Downton Abbey and is going to star Benedict Cumberbatch from Sherlock, two more reasons to watch.

  • I can only think of two films that were better than the books on which they were based.  Shoeless Joe was a snooze, but Field of Dreams was magical.  Forrest Gump, as written, is a hugely unlikeable character, which could not be more different from the character in the film (who I preferred more than I can say).  One instance where the film was disappointing compared to the book was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  The book had all sorts of nifty things in it that were ignored in the film, and the film instead added subplots that were unnecessary and annoying.

  • Paula

    So thrilled to have learned from you about this new adaptation of Wuthering Heights — one of my favorites!  (Here’s a topic: are you in camp Emily, Charlotte or Anne?)  I think I mentioned before that I like the Lord of the Rings films more than the books.  One other for me like this is A River Runs Through It — enjoyed the movie more.  Also, there is a new Baz Lurhman (sp?) film adaptation of the Great Gatsby soon out staring Leonardo Dicaprio. 

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  • Lena

    Ian McEwan’s “Atonement” was turned into a film in 2007. It’s easily one of the best book adaptations that I have seen. I wouldn’t say the film was better, but I would say that you don’t lose anything by not reading the book, and that is rare indeed.

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