Category Archives: Movie

BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: DIVERGENT TRILOGY

Veronica Roth was 22 when her debut novel Divergent was published. It was just few months before her graduation from Northwestern University with a degree of creative writing, when she received a contract proposal from HarperCollins. What a nice natural advertisement for the Illinois’s educational facility. In the next years Veronica became a star. Huge royalties, book signings with thousands of fans and two more books in the series are just some of the new entries for the writer from New York City.

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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: THE GUNMAN

Sean Penn is returning to the big screen after two years pause. The 2-time Academy award winner will play the main character in the film The Gunman. The script is adaptation of late French author Jean-Patrick Manchette’s book The Prone Gunman (La Position du Tireur Couché”).

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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

If you are fan of Twilight who is dreaming to become rich and famous, there is well beaten path ahead of you. 46-year-old British Erika Mitchell, mother of two sons, decided to combine her erotic fantasies with the heroes of the well known vampire fantasy.

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ACADEMY AWARDS FACTS

87th Academy Awards are coming this weekend. The ceremony will be broadcasted live in 200 countries on February 22. 24 different categories will have their winners from all the movies in 2014. You may see all the nominations here

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To warm up the spectacle Land of Books puts some interesting facts around the Oscars. Here they are
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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: THE IMITATION GAME

The name of Alan Turing was mostly linked with the so called Turing machine, the predecessor of the computer. He was one of the best British mathematicians and cryptanalysts. His talent was in great use during World War II. According to historians the work done by the team around him helped The Allies to defeat Germany. Something more, the war was shortened by several years, because of the successful decoding of Enigma.

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Alan Turing


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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

If the main character of your book has more friends and fans than enemies, you must be aware of what you are writing. Jane Wilde Hawking experienced the hard way. She wrote a memoir about her life with well known cosmologist Stephen Hawking, called Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen. The book was published in 1999. Soon the critics and fans of the scientist ripped apart the author. Poor Jane was described as selfish for pointing to the world how despotic the handicapped Stephen Hawking, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, was.
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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: UNBROKEN

It’s a very rare case when a book and a movie are in head to head battle which one will win more awards. The non-fiction biography Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was published late in 2010. The author of Seabiscuit found by coincidence the incredible source of her inspiration and created a masterpiece.
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SCOTT MCEWEN: I CONVINCED CHRIS KYLE TO DO AMERICAN SNIPER

The biggest hit in the book stores and in the cinemas American Sniper could never been born if one part of the team behind the memoir, Scott McEwen, had not been on board. The well known author of The SEAL team books is ready to release another heroic story. The Sniper and the Wolf is set for premiere in May.
The interview with Scott McEwen was done during the days when the movie is hunting down $200 mil. box office and the book is on the first place on Amazon bestseller list. Check out my article about adaptation. During our chat the writer unveiled how the book was planed and how he felt when learn the news about Chris Kyle’s death.
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– Mr. McEwen, your next release The Sniper and the Wolf is coming up in May. Would you share what to expect from the next chapter of A Sniper Elite Novel?
– The next book teams Gil Shannon up with some international operators in Europe to battle some very bad terrorist elements there. The first engagement with the bad guys takes place in Paris-figure that!
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– The biggest challenge is to remain true to the characters and the tactics they use. The SEAL Teams live by a code and it is important to remain within that code at all times.
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BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: AMERICAN SNIPER

The name of Chris Kyle is one of the most popular in the USA. Two years ago the legendary sniper was killed in very strange circumstances by his fellow army veteran Eddie Ray Routh.
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The Texas solder was known as The Devil of Ramadi. He participated in Iraqi War and according to the official stats his rifle killed 255 victims.

In 2012, three years after his honorary dismissal from the army, Chris Kyle published an autobiography American Sniper. Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice were the shadow writers of the memoir, which became huge hit.
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BOOK ADAPTATIONS: GONE GIRL

I am starting a new section in the blog. It’s about the translation of amazing book story to a movie. The title of the series will be Book Adaptations.

The very first example is a fresh one – Gone Girl. The Gillian Flynn’s incredible novel was published in June 2012. The feedback of the story was huge. Thousands of readers praised the suspense story. Millions of copies were sold, while family members discussed the fate of Nick and Amy in their evening gatherings.

The novel was published in June 2012

The novel was published in June 2012


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