Monday, June 25, 2012

The Purpose of this Blog

The purpose of this blog is to review books that have been translated and adapted into Meryl Streep movies.  Hopefully, I will also provide comparisons between the book and the film version of the particular work that I am reviewing. I will use a rating of stars with 5 stars being the highest ranking possible. The rating will be for the book. I will also review other books. I got this idea from my sisters and from a lovely display in Barnes & Noble dedicated to books that have become Meryl Streep's body of work.
Here is a possibly incomplete list of Meryl Streep movies that have gone from page to screen. The books have the same title as the film unless otherwise indicated. The author of the book is indicated in parentheses. Enjoy! :-)

  1. Julia (Pentimento, Lillian Hellman)
  2. Kramer vs. Kramer (Avery Corman)
  3. The French Lieutenant's Woman (John Fowles)
  4. Sophie's Choice (William Styron) 
  5. Out of Africa (Karen Blixen aka Isak Dinesen)
  6. Heartburn (Nora Ephron)
  7. Ironweed (William Kennedy)
  8. Evil Angels/A Cry in the Dark (John Bryson)
  9. Postcards from the Edge (Carrie Fisher)
  10. The Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller)
  11. Before and After (Rosellen Brown)
  12. One True Thing (Anna Quindlen) 
  13. Adaptation. (The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean): This is almost an exception, but the film revolves around this book as it is being adapted into a movie. 
  14. The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
  15. The Manchurian Candidate (Richard Condon)
  16. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket)
  17. The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger)
  18. The Ant Bully (John Nickle) 
  19. Evening (Susan Minot)
  20. Julie & Julia (My Life in France written by Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme and Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen written by Julie Powell)
  21. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl) 
  22. The Iron Lady (Hugo Young) I'm not entirely sure about this one. 

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