I mentioned in my Blog Plans for 2013 that I would be introducing a new reading project this month. In order to continue discussing works across different media, I decided to take a different angle towards book to film adaptations than I normally do for this project.
I’ve written before about how I generally like to read a book first if I’m going to watch its film adaptation, but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not always possible. There are times when I watch a movie and find the story interesting enough that I want to go back and read the book. In an effort to diversify my reading, I’ve decided to design this desire as a new reading project.
I’ve set up a new page with my initial list of books I hope to read for this project. Some are pretty famous and others are more obscure, and I’ve selected a group that includes fiction and non-fiction as well as some different genres. As much as I tried to incorporate newer works, the list skews towards older works since I generally read more contemporary works whose film adaptations I’m interested in seeing.
I envision that these posts to be companions to the From Book to Film posts (hence the similarity in their names), though the latter are when I read the book first. Unlike those posts, which tend to focus more on the film adaptations, these posts will be heavier on discussion of the books themselves.
The first book I’ll read for this project will be Tennessee Williams’s novella The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, the basis for the 1961 film starring Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty.