Friday, May 14, 2010

Books to Movies

I love to look ahead to which movies will hit the theaters in the upcoming months, and then to see which ones are based on books. If I'm really organized, I have the book read before the movie shines on the big screen.

Through this August the upcoming summer movies look like ...summer movies.

A great line up for kids, and kids of all ages, but for the lover of dramatic film it's going to be a cold summer.

Here's the line up.

5/14 — Robin Hood
5/28 — Sex and the City, 2
6/04 — Marmaduke
6/30 — Eclipse
7/23 — Ramona and Beezus
7/30 — Beastly
8/13 — Eat, Pray, Love
8/13 — Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
8/20 — The Switch
9/24 — Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

All but two of these are based on children's or young adult works (not that there is anything wrong with that!) But I'm only going after the movie, The Switch.

The Switch stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize winner for Middlesex, wrote the short story. Originally titled The Baster and published in The New Yorker in 1996.

It's actually hard to find but I'm working on it. Seems like The New Yorker holds tight to its content, and a digital copy in a library database is yet to be found. The story was published in a 2000 anthology titled Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker.

Given that it was published in The New Yorker by this prize winning author,I'm guessing the short story is going to be a little weightier than the movie.

Can't wait to see.

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