Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Top 5 most requested books that are also movies

List by Natalie

"Film lovers are sick people."
- Francois Truffaut

The fabulous Natalie (yes, Natalie of our Star Wars top 5 list fame) was knee deep in reports today, being the first of the month, and very kindly gave me our top 5 most requested books that are also movies. 'Cause we're caring/sharing people (go on, you know we are!) we've posted it here for all to enjoy. Is it just me or are the first 4 titles all girly books that are guaranteed tearjerkers? Where applicable we've also posted the link to the film :) YAY! Thanks, Natalie, for grabbing the titles.

My sister's keeper / Jodi Picoult
Ann was conceived as a bone marrow match for her leukemia suffering sister. Now a teenager, she begins to question the person she really is and the role that has been defined as hers. Whether you read the book or watch the film, definitely keep a hanky handy: My sister's keeper on DVD.

Lovely bones / Alice Sebold
Susie Salmon looks down from a heaven which looks a lot like her school playground. There are counsellors to help newcomers adjust, and friends to room with. Everything she wants appears as soon as she thinks of it - except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth. Manurewa Library's Saturday Book Chat members highly recommend the book and the movie, directed by NZ's very own Peter Jackson: The lovely bones on DVD.

The time traveler's wife: a novel / Audrey Niffenegger
This is the story of Henry and Claire, who have known each other since Claire was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Claire was 20 and Henry 28. This is possible only because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with chrono-displacement-disorder - allowing him to travel in time. Be prepared for tears or sniffles if you have not read/seen this title: The time traveler's wife on DVD.

The last song / Nicholas Sparks
Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father--a former concert pianist and teacher--moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father ... until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Nicholas Sparks makes me cry. Every book. Everytime. This title has not long finished at the movies and is not yet available on DVD. You can always tide yourself over by reading Dear John, another Sparks book turned film. Seriously, have tissues at the ready.

The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larsson
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family, the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Journalist Mikael is hired to investigate. Translation from the Swedish of: Män som hatar kvinnor. Stockholm : Norstedts, 2005. The Millennium Trilogy (of which this is book 1) has requests up the wazoo (thank goshness I read it before it came so popular) and the DVD can be requested (although that has a request list, too): The girl with the dragon tattoo on DVD.

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