Good Reading : December January 2009
books to film convertibles It’s thrilling and a little scary to hear about a beloved novel being made into a movie. Even though we know the film is never as good as the book, something keeps us coming back – whether it’s to see a new rendering of a good story or to see what they’ve done to our favourite characters! Coming soon! Cullen, it’s the cute and unafraid juicy mortal in his biology class. There’s no getting around it: the teen vampire series by Stephanie Meyer that’s been described as ‘Sweet Valley High with fangs’ was such a worldwide success that it had to be filmed. Based on the first book in the series, Twilight is due in Australian cinemas in early December. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, it stars Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory from the ‘Harry Potter’ movies) as Edward Cullen. W Another young adult novel due at the cinema is The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. The science fiction story of an underground city whose power source is waning is directed by Gil Kenan and stars Bill Murray and Tim Robbins. Alice Sebold’s dark tale of the ramifications of a girl’s rape and murder on her family and community, narrated by the dead girl herself, is due in Australia March 2009. The Lovely Bones is directed by Peter Jackson. Jackson is hen you can live forever, what do you live for? For vampire Edward usually associated with his blockbusters The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, but he has the credentials. Does anyone remember Jackson’s girly-gothic film from 1994, Heavenly Creatures? The Lovely Bones stars Mark Wahlburg, Rachael Weisz and Ryan Gosling. On a lighter note, Isla Fisher, the Australian comic actor who stole the show in The Wedding Crashers with her portrayal of a spoilt nymphomaniac, will be bringing Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic to life. Rebecca Bloomwood is a financial journalist in need of a good budget and the willpower to stick to it. P J Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding) is the director. It is due here in February 2009. Rumour has it ¦ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – the film rights to the story about a woman, an eccentric reading group and the German occupation of Guernsey has been bought by Hollywood producer Paula Mazur (Nim’s Island) and bookstore owner Mitchell Kaplan. ¦ The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – the hugely successful novel about a young girl in Germany during and after World War Two was written by an Australian. Fox 2000 has optioned this book, to be produced by Karen Rosenfelt. ¦ The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – the author has experience as a screenwriter, and has already adapted this story, so look out for it. ¦ Chocky by John Wyndham – for many, a film won’t come close to the TV series, but Steven Spielberg, who acquired the film rights this year, is set to give it a red-hot go. DECEMBER 2008 / JANUARY 2009 i goodreading 9 Another Australian, Cate Blanchett, has somehow found time to make another movie. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is based on the short story of a man who ages in reverse, by F Scott Fitzgerald. Directed by David Fincher, it also stars Brad Pitt. Due here late December. In June next year, we can expect the film version of Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen by Julie Powell. The story of a woman cooking her way through Julia Childs’s famous French cooking tome and rejuvenating her marriage and her life in the process is to star Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.