Daily Archives: September 14, 2011

Print to Screen



I love reading but I’m terrible at book reviews. I just feel like putting down some random thoughts about some books I’ve been reading (and also film adaptations of books). I’m going to ramble on and there may be some spoilers here and there so proceed with care if you intend to read any of these books.

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
Very interesting structure which has been likened to that of a matryoshka doll. One of the few books I would like to read again if I have time to spare. Going to be made into a movie starring Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon among others. Really looking forward to it and I hope they capture the essence of how the stories fit.

Snow Flower & the Secret Fan – Lisa See
Engaging read which includes foot binding, sworn sisterhood and the role and treatment of women in 19th century China. Made into a movie directed by Wayne Wang. Went to check it up on IMDb and was puzzled to see that Hugh Jackman’s part of the cast. Seems that they added a parallel storyline set in modern day China and Hugh Jackman is the boyfriend of one of the characters. Strange that they would cast Gianna Jun as one of the main female characters. Not what I imagined the character to look like. Still want to rent it on DVD because I adore Hugh Jackman!

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
Want to know what it’s like when a good book is made into an equally good movie? Read this book, then watch the movie starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley.

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
Totally understand the joy of eating brains but this tale of a zombie finding his humanity left me cold. Would not consider it the zombie equivalent of Twilight. Also being made into a movie possibly starring John Malkovich as evil senior zombie.

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
Not being made into a movie (yet) but this is such a good book. Was torn between wanting to inhale it as quickly as I could and wanting the book to go on forever. Another one of those books that should be read more than once. Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2011. Hope it wins.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Think the original title ‘Men Who Hate Women’ makes more sense. The plot’s quite predictable. There’s a Swedish movie and there’s an American remake of the movie in the works. Why? Can’t they read subtitles?

The Girl who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
First half dragged on forever. Ending predictable. Waiting for Adrian to finish the third and final book so I can read it and decide how I feel about the trilogy in its entirety. May then watch the Swedish version of the movies.