By Taylor Coil
Perhaps it's because I loved books first. Perhaps it's because so many of my favorite books were turned into movies. Whatever the reason, I tend to assume that great movies are based on books - something that I realize is truly unfair to screenwriters.
I'm sorry, screenwriters. I know I'm biased towards books.
Anyway, my husband and I try to watch as many Oscar-nominated films before the Oscars happen every year. It makes the Oscars far more fun to watch, especially when you're rooting for your favorites. My husband's the movie buff - I tag along, knowing almost nothing about the films before watching.
So sometimes I'm surprised by what's an original screenplay and what's based on a book. That happened this year, with the following two Oscar-nominated films.
1. Blue Jasmine.
I LOVED this movie. Before Blue Jasmine, I'd never seen a Woody Allen movie in my life. I mostly associated Woody Allen with those glasses and Connor, that one character in a Sophie Kinsella book who is obsessed with his movies. Man, I'm really revealing my Kinsella obsession in this blog.
Anyway. Blue Jasmine isn't a book (it's an original screenplay) - but it 'watches' like one. You know, like how a Vince Flynn book reads like an action movie? Blue Jasmine watches like a literary fiction novel. The characters are beautifully developed, the plot teased out carefully, all to come together in a true work of art.
If Blue Jasmine were a book, I'd read it. And if you haven't seen the movie, it's really worth watching.
Doesn't Her sound like the plot of a dystopian novel? A man who falls in love with an artificially intelligent computer operating system sounds like something that would fit right in with today's SciFi novels.
The thing is, though, it's not really SciFi. This technology isn't extraordinarily far-fetched or inconceivable. It's far more a love story than a high-tech scifi. Watch the trailer, you'll see what I mean.
Regardless, this plot is deep. It makes you think. It's social commentary. It's gives me everything I love about reading, but from a film.
Which were your Oscar favorites this year? Would you read Blue Jasmine / Her, had they been books before they were movies?
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About the Author
Taylor is our Marketing Manager. She loves reading SciFi, mysteries & thrillers and anything by Sophie Kinsella. You probably can't beat her in Harry Potter trivia, but you can try if you enjoy failure.