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Books to read before you see the film: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. Like every other year, 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and Fifty Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.

Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!

Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places

In cinemas August

Gillian Flynn Dark Places

Although a release date is still to be confirmed, we’re eagerly awaiting the adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian (pronounced with a hard G, don’t you forget…) Flynn’s second novel Dark Places. Full of the shocks, twists and turns that were brought to the big screen so memorably by Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and David Fincher last year, this time around the all-star cast includes Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Kick-Ass’s Chloe Grace Moretz, Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and, fresh from his scene-stealing turn in Mad Max: Fury Road, Nicholas Hoult.

The gripping thriller follows the life of Libby Day, the sole survivor of a massacre that took place in Kansas. After witnessing first-hand the murder of her mother and sisters in what appears to be a Satanic ritual, she manages to escape and testifies against her brother in court… Twenty-five years later, Libby meets some amateur investigators who believe her brother is innocent and together they begin an investigation into the tragedy. Like Gone Girl, you won’t know who to trust and your viewing of the film will be greatly enhanced by having read the book – available in a three-book set alongside Gone Girl and Sharp Objects – beforehand.


Academy Awards 2015: Oscar-winning films based on books

The results are in – did your favourite win?

The most glamorous night on the Hollywood calendar, the Oscars ceremony is where the A-list stars of the silver screen gather to pay homage to the best films of the year. But this year, especially, we have noticed that some of the most prized, acclaimed and loved movies of 2015 are based on books. In this blog post we’re going to look at the winners at the 2015 Academy Awards – but we’re going to focus on the literary-inspired winners because, naturally, those are our favourites. We’d highly recommend you read the books!!!

Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress (Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score
Based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

The Theory of Everything Oscar

Best Actress – Julianne Moore as Alice Howland in Still Alice
Based on the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice Oscar

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Imitation Game
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing), Best Actress (Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke), Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Production Design
Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

The Imitation Game Oscar

Best Costume Design – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Make-Up & Hairstyling, Best Original Score and Best Production Design
Based on the writings of Stefan Zweig

Grand Budapest Hotel Oscar

Best Sound Editing – American Sniper
Also nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

American Sniper Oscar

Those who missed out

Lest we forget honourable mentions for the other great films that were inspired by books at the 2015 Oscars; there were some real doozies!

Best Actress Nominee – Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl
Based on the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Best Actress Nominee – Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild
Also nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern as Bobbi Strayed)
Based on the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Best Director Nominee – Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Also nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz), Best Actor (Steve Carrell as John du Pont), Best Original Screenplay and Best Make-Up & Hairstyling
Based on the book Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

Best Cinematography Nominee – Unbroken
Also nominated for: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Based on the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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Blow away those winter blues with brilliant books

The Christmas festivities are but a distant memory now and those long winter nights are still dragging, but there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful right here at the Book People – because we’ve got a huge range of engrossing titles for you to choose from in our Fiction Everyone’s Talking About selection.

Among the fascinating fiction is Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl – subsequently adapted into a critically-acclaimed Hollywood blockbuster directed by David Fincher, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck – which is available for the bargain price of just £3.99 from the Book People. This gripping psychological thriller sees all manner of secrets crawl out of the woodwork following the sudden disappearance of Amy Dunne on the fifth anniversary of her wedding to husband Nick.

Also available for just £4.99 – a saving of £8 on the recommended retail price – is Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, the winner of Costa’s First Novel Award for 2014. This remarkably accomplished debut novel focuses on narrator Maud, whose failing memory frustrates not only Maud herself but those around her. Maud knows that something has happened to her friend Elizabeth and suspects her sister Sukey may have been involved, and the book follows her as she attempts to piece the clues together and make sense of this apparent mystery.

There is, of course, plenty more besides on offer in our Fiction Everyone’s Talking About range. The debut novel from Irish writer Mary Costello, Academy Street – also nominated for the Costa First Novel Award – is available for £4.99, as is Howard Jacobson’s J. We’ve also got the Hilary Mantel Collection for just £16.99, which compiles six of the author’s works – including the Booker Prize winners Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.


Oscars 2015: Academy Award-nominated films inspired by books

Let’s forget the snub of The LEGO Movie (we’re pretty angry too!), the 2015 Oscar nominations are now in and we thought it’d be great to take a look at this year’s shortlist and highlight the films and performances that have been inspired by fiction and non-fiction books.

Oscars 2015

Best Picture Nominees

Best Picture | The Book People

American Sniper – based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

The Imitation Game – based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominees

Best Actor | The Book People

Steve Carell as John du Pont in Foxcatcher – based on the book Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper – based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game – based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Eddie Redmayne as Prof. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominees

Best Actress | The Book People

Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl – based on the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild – based on the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed

 

Have you read any books that have inspired the Academy Award-nominated films in 2015? If not, visit www.thebookpeople.co.uk and shop for books that films are based on today.

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Oscars 2015: The books that inspired the films

As we eagerly await the Oscar nominations here at the Book People, we thought we’d credit those books that have inspired the films likely to be vying for the biggest honour in the film industry.

Jane HawkingTravelling to Infinity (The Theory of Everything)

Travelling to Infinity

We reckon both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones might be in with a shout for Best Actor and Best Actress for their portrayal of Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane in The Theory of Everything. Based on Jane’s bestselling memoir Travelling to Infinity, the film follows Jane’s wonderful, heartbreaking and tough experiences as she first falls in love with Stephen while studying at Cambridge and then cares for him as he battles motor neurone disease. The film made you laugh and cry – and you’ll need those tissues once more when you read through Jane’s open, honest and funny real-life experiences.

Gillian FlynnGone Girl

Gone Girl book

When Gone Girl was first published in 2012 it quickly became one of the most talked-about thrillers of recent times. A dark, twisting tale of the lies and paranoia that engulfed the desperately unhappy-in-love Amy and Nick Dunne, it arrived on the big screen in late 2014 in a film directed by David Fincher with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (in scintillating form – she could be our favourite for Best Actress) playing the couple. If anything, the book is even more gripping and we highly recommend you read (or re-read!) it to see if you can catch the clues…

Cheryl StrayedWild

Wild book

Arriving in cinemas this weekend, Wild stars Reese Witherspoon and is directed by the Dallas Buyers Club’s Jean-Marc Vallée. Based on an extraordinary true story from Cheryl Strayed, it follows Cheryl as she decides to embark on a journey of redemption at the age of 26 when her life begins to fall apart. Walking 1100 miles along the West Coast of America – from the Mojave Desert to Washington State – alone, the book captures the extraordinary nature of Cheryl’s quest and how she began to enjoy life again. We recommend you read it and watch the film.

Andrew HodgesAlan Turing: The Enigma (The Imitation Game)

Benedict Cumberbatch

One of the surprise hits of the year, The Imitation Game starred Benedict Cumberbatch as code-breaker Alan Turing and told the true story of how he broke the German Enigma code and helped bring an end to World War II. Set around Bletchley Park – Britain’s best code-breaking centre – the film celebrated Turing’s achievements and we expect Sherlock star Benedict to be in with a chance of Best Actor. The book the film was based on – Alan Turing: The Enigma – shows how Turing’s work and legacy lives on and covers the appalling treatment he faced after the end of the War.

Mark Schultz Foxcatcher

Starring Steve Carell in a truly career-defining role, Foxcatcher tells the true story of brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal-winning brothers who are invited to train at billionaire John du Pont’s state-of-the-art Foxcatcher ranch. Supported by mesmerizing performances from both Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher explores the relationships the Schultz brothers had with du Pont and cleverly presents du Pont’s catastrophic break from reality – which led to tragedy. Written by Mark Schultz himself, the man who knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than anyone else, the book must be read!

Why not let us know which film adaptations you have enjoyed over the past twelve months?


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