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Oscars 2016: Academy Award-nominated films based on books

The nominations are in, and this year, like every year, the 2016 Oscars ceremony will be abuzz with award chatter: winners, losers, snubs and controversies. And, like every year, the Academy will have selected a shortlist of Oscar nominees based in the realm of books. So, to save you the hard work of trawling the internet to find out for yourself, we have collected the complete list of Oscar 2016 nominees inspired by books. Take a look…

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The Big Short
The Big Short BookWith an all-star cast including the likes of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell, The Big Short is sure to be a hit in the cinemas if not on the night of the Oscars ceremony. Based on Michael Lewis’s 2010 non-fiction work of the same name, The Big Short tells the story of four men who foresaw the collapse of the global economy and bet against the banks who had no idea it was coming. But their gamble leads the characters into the dark underbelly of modern banking, media and politics.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing

The Martian
The Martian BookThe buzz surrounding Andy Weir’s The Martian was pretty difficult to avoid. The film, directed by none other than Ridley Scott, stays true to the 2011 novel and follows Matt Damon as Astronaut Mark Watney, as he battles to survive on Mars after being left behind by his crewmates. Realising that his only chance of rescue is a crew scheduled to arrive on Mars in four years, Watney is forced to improvise with his provisions to ensure his survival. Meanwhile, on Earth, teams from NASA and the CNSA work together to get to Watney before his time runs out.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Room
Room BookMany will find the subject matter of Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Room difficult to digest. Based very closely on two similar cases in Austria – those of Natascha Kampusch and Elisabeth Fritzl – Room tells the tragic story of five-year-old Jack and his Ma, who are kept as prisoners in a single-room outbuilding by their captor Old Nick. What Jack doesn’t know is that the things he sees on the TV are real, and that Jack is the product of Old Nick’s rape of Ma. Starring Brie Larson as Ma and introducing Jacob Tremblay as Jack, Room is both entirely heart-breaking and thoroughly uplifting in equal measure.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Revenant
The Revenant BookMany will not have heard of Michael Punke’s 2002 non-fiction novel The Revenant, which tells the story of American frontiersman Hugh Glass. Left for dead by his comrades after being brutally attacked by a bear, Glass is forced to fix his wounds – including setting his own broken bones and tending to deep lacerations – and begins a 200-mile journey to take revenge on those who left him to die. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, and directed by Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant is a gripping tale of survival and vengeance.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design

Brooklyn
Brooklyn BookAdapted from Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel of the same name by none other than the wonderful Nick Hornby, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman who is unable to find work in 1950s Ireland and emigrates to New York. While there she falls in love and marries, but when her sister dies back in Ireland, she returns to Ireland and meets an old flame… Starring a hugely talented cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, Brooklyn is a story about the past catching up with you… wherever you are.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared BookAllan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday with a party his family have organised for him. But he doesn’t want a party, and he doesn’t want to celebrate. Alert despite his age, Allan climbs out of the window in just his slippers and makes his way to the bus station to travel as far as the money in his pocket will allow. When at the bus station he steals another passenger’s suitcase, which is filled with drug money, and Allan finds himself pursued by both the police and drug dealers.

Nominated for: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey BookWe’re sure that everyone on the planet has at least heard of E.L. James’s 2011 erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, and many are probably more than a little acquainted with the book’s content. College senior Ana attends a newspaper interview with wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey. Finding him attractive and intimidating, the two begin a sexual relationship. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)

Spectre
Spectre BookOriginally stylised in Ian Flemming’s 1961 James Bond novel Thunderball, Spectre marks the first time that the organisation have appeared in a James Bond film since 1971’s Diamonds are Forever, starring Sean Connery. Though not really based on a book at all, but starring a character and themes that have been well represented in literature, Spectre reintroduces audiences to a number of key James Bond characters, including M, Q and Eve Moneypenny. Spectre stars Daniel Craig in his fourth outing as agent 007, and is directed by Sam Mendes.

Nominated for: Best Music (Original Song)

The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl BookA fictionalized account of one of the first identifiable people to undergo sex reassignment surgery in the 1930s, David Ebershoff’s 2000 novel The Danish Girl tells the true story of Lili Elbe and the struggles she went through to transition from a man to a woman during the early 20th century. Starring last year’s Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Testament of Youth actress Alicia Vikander, this year’s film has already won numerous awards, particularly for Vikander’s turn as portrait artist Gerda Wegener.

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design

Carol
Carol BookBased on Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, Carol chronicles the story of a young aspiring photographer and her romantic relationship with an older woman going through a difficult divorce after a chance encounter with each other in a shop – and details the difficulties of living as a homosexual in the 1950s. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Kyle Chandler.

Nominated for: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music (Original Score), Best Adapted Screenplay

Cinderella
We’re sure that no one on the planet would require an introduction to this classic fairy tale, brought to life once again by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on Charles Perrault’s eponymous folk tale and borrowing elements from the 1950 animated picture, Cinderella introduces us once again to a girl who is abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, who has a wish granted by her fairy godmother to attend the ball – where she meets a handsome prince. The film stars Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Nominated for: Best Costume Design


Roald Dahl Day 2015 – Book People’s Top 10 Roald Dahl Characters

With Roald Dahl Day 2015 now upon us, we at Book People wanted to celebrate the day with our lovely customers. So we thought it would be fun to ask them – as they know Roald Dahl’s books better than anyone – which of Roald Dahl characters are their favourites. Do you agree with Book People’s customers’ picks, or do you think another of Roald Dahl’s characters deserves a place in the top 10? Let us know…

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Roald Dahl Day – Top 10 Roald Dahl Quotes

Book-lovers around the country celebrate the life of the nation’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl, on 13 September every year. On what would have been his 99th birthday, we can’t see any reason why not to indulge in a swishwhiffling whale of a time this year, too. Every one of his children’s novels has become a classic and we’d love to hear all about your favourite Roald Dahl stories.

To mark one of the best literary occasions of the year, we’ve brought together ten of our favourite Roald Dahl quotes.

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‘Don’t gobblefunk around with words.’

The BFG

 

Roald Dahl quote ‘If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.  A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’  The Twits

‘If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’

The Twits

 

Roald Dahl quote ‘All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.’  Matilda

‘All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.’

Matilda

 

Roald Dahl quote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory WIlly Wonka ‘I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!’  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!’  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

‘I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!’

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn't be exciting if they didn't.’  Danny, the Champion of the World Roald Dahl quote book

 

‘Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.’

Danny, the Champion of the World

 

James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl quote ‘There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't even started wondering about yet.’

‘There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t even started wondering about yet.’

James and the Giant Peach

 

Esio Trot Roald Dahl quote ‘He thought for the thousandth time how pretty she was, how sweet and gentle and full of kindness, and his heart ached with love.’ book

‘He thought for the thousandth time how pretty she was, how sweet and gentle and full of kindness, and his heart ached with love.’

Esio Trot

 

‘It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.’  The Witches book Roald Dahl quote

‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.’

The Witches

 

‘I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.’  Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl quote

‘I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.’

 Fantastic Mr. Fox

 

‘Never grow up...always down.’  George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl quote book

 

‘Never grow up…always down.’

George’s Marvellous Medicine


Top 10 – Classic must-read fiction books you may not have read…

Earlier this week, we took a look at some of the classic novels you always wanted to read, but have never got around to… Following the record-breaking success of Go Set A Watchman, we’ve now chosen some of our favourite books from this fantastic list.

The books featured here are ones that, in our experience, a lot of people claim to love and have read… But not all are telling the truth! The books are well worth your time and fully deserving of their classic statuses.

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Those must-read classics you’ve never got around to reading…

Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited sequel to Harper Lee’s Kill a Mockingbird, was published this week and it got all of us at the Book People thinking about some of the classics of literature, especially those ones that have long been on your reading list but you’ve never quite got around to reading…

Luckily, we have a list of classics that you need to read over in our category ‘Must-read books’. From the gothic haunting of the Woman in Black to the period romance of Pride and Prejudice and contemporary American fiction from the likes of John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men) and Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence), you’ll find all the classic books you ever wanted to read. Many of the books, like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, have engrained themselves in the public consciousness and it’s fascinating to read the book for the first time and realise just why they have become so culturally important.

Among our other favourite classic books that many know all about from their hit film adaptations or from studying at school (therefore well worth reading back as an adult for pure enjoyment!) are F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

It is a wonderful feeling to finish a classic book and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about, and where better to buy these novels than the Book People? We provide amazing savings on all the books featured in the category and are certain you’ll love them just as much as their reputation suggests.


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