I watched Book Club – The Next Chapter again with a friend over this long weekend. Yes, it’s the second time but a)it was a nice outing with a friend, b) I languished in the Italian landscape and c) what not?
The actors read three books in the movie for their online book club during the COVID scenes and it got me thinking how many other movies have books in them just as props? Well I found a list and have chosen a few to reply.
A Fish Called Wanda
Character: Otto West (Kevin Kline)
Book:Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Character: Walter E Kurtz
Book:The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot
Character: Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz)
Book:To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Character: Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal)
Book:Twenty-One Stories by Graham Greene
Friends with Kids
Character: Kurt (Jon Hamm)
Book:Cod by Mark Kurlansky
When Harry met Sally
Character: Harry Burns (Billy Crystal)
Book:The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Character: Leaky Cauldron Customer (Ian Brown)
Book:A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking
Character: Sergeant Turner
Book:Complicity by Iain Banks
Hot Shots Part Deux
Character: Topper Harley
Book:Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Character: Shoshanna Dreyfus
Book:The Saint In New York by Leslie Charteris
It’s a Wonderful Life
Character: George Bailey (James Stewart)
Book:The Adventures Of Tom Swayer by Mark Twain
Book:Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Little Miss Sunshine
Character: Dwayne Hoover (Paul Dano)
Book:Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
Character: Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson)
Book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Natural Born Killers
Character: Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis)
Book:The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Character: William Thacker (Hugh Grant)
Book:Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernières
Character: Steve Freeling (Craig T Nelson)
Book:Reagan: The Man, The President by Various
Character: Vincent Vega (John Travolta)
Book:Modesty Blaise by Peter O’Donnell
Character: Sarah Thomas (Kate Beckinsale)
Book:Love In the Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Addams Family Values
Character: Morticia Addams (Anjelica Huston)
Book:The Cat In The Hat by Dr Seuss
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Character: Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt)
Book:Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Character: Laura Brown (Julianne Moore)
Book:Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Character: Michael Berg (David Kross)
Book:War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Wedding Crashers
Character: John Beckwith (Owen Wilson)
Book:Don’t Jump: The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide by Traci Vogel
Character: Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall)
Book:The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
You’ve Got Mail
Character: Kathleen Kelly
Book:Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
Character: T-Bird (David Patrick Kelly)
Book:Paradise Lost by John Milton
Gone With the Wind
Character: Melanie Hamilton Wilkes (Olivia de Havilland)
This past weekend I went to watch Book Club – The Next Chapter. It was a fun ride catching up with the four main characters again. For me, the best part was enjoying the three Italian cities they visited. It is many years since I was there, but the memories came flooding back. The essence of Italy still holds a special place in my soul. I visited Venice, Florence and Rome and hope to go back at some point. It was interesting that the book they were reading this time round was Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.
I finished an intriguing novel, The First Time Lauren Pailing Died by Alyson Rudd.
Review:This was an exceptional narrative, especially as its theme is a subject I love. Imagine you live more than one life in parallel? Most of us never knowing about the other life, oblivious to it. But Lauren does know and that is what makes this book so remarkable. It is captivating.
I have now begun reading a new book – The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley, only to find it is book three of a series. However, it is a separate story of one sister’s experiences, so I’m good.
Would you read one book of a series or not?
Literary Birthdays this week include:
May 19th is the birthday of Nora Ephron who was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger. She is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay): for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally…, and Sleepless in Seattle. These are exceptional movies, I think you will agree.
Another author sharing the same birthday is Jodi Picoult with an impressive 25 novels (and counting) to her name, including My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes and Sing Me Home.
I binge watched Queen Charlotte over the weekend – it was an enjoyable diversion from my current editing. I noticed echoes of one of my own romance novels in the series. Charlotte’s marriage was arranged and she had to come to terms with her place within the arrangement and forge her own life. It was not without it’s difficulties.
In my novel, The Twesome Loop, my character Gabriella is not so fortunate in the marriage her father arranges for her. It is merely to enable her father to further his status in society and is money driven. Her wants and needs are of no consequence and she is ‘given’ to an disgusting old man. The relationship is far from happy, but her fates change when an unexpected visitor appears.
This reincarnation romance can be purchased on all online sites in print or e-book form. If I may ask, please leave a review and let me know which couple you identified with the most.