With so many “books on screen” coming out or recently released, I’d love to feature them. We run the Books on Screen column on Thursdays when we have one, and it is one of the two spots** that we have open for guest posts.
If you’ve seen the movie, you can review it for us. If you’ve read the book it’s based on, even better.
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, book by Johnathan Safron Foer
- John LeCarre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Stieg Larson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum in One for the Money
- The Secret Life of Arrietty is based on the classic The Borrowers (I’m actually pretty sure I’ll be “making” Kyle read this book then taking the kids shortly after it opens February 17).
I just ordered Tom Rose’s account of the true story of whale rescue told in the new movie Big Miracle on my Kindle, because once again, I get to participate in a press day. I can’t wait to see the movie Big Miracle, to talk with the talent, and to even go on a real whale watching tour, and of course I’ll be telling you all about it later this month here and at 5 Minutes for Mom, including if the movie represents the true story that Tom Rose told in his book (I think I even got to talk to two of the “real” people who were involved in the whale rescue).
- And don’t forget all those DVDs. Maybe you watched a movie and then found out it was a book and read it. Maybe you read a book years ago and then caught the movie on TV.
I love this column. I think that a story is a story — and a good story is worth sharing, whether it’s on screen or in the pages, so I’d love to feature great content each week.
If you are interested, you can email me with your idea (5minutesforbooks AT gmail). I’ll tell you if I think it would be a good fit, and we’ll post it when we have an opening (sometimes that very week and other times it might be a few weeks). If you have a blog, you can link back and introduce our readers to you in that way, but you don’t have to be a blogger to participate.
**The other place we welcome guest posts is the On Reading column that runs each Sunday. That topic is pretty much anything you would want to share about the practice of reading. The posts can be reflective or instructional. These columns usually get lots of comments and interaction, which we love.
Jennifer Donovan has been reviewing books for 5 Minutes for Mom since 2006 and managing 5 Minutes for Books since it launched in the summer of 2008. She also tries to squeeze a blog in at Snapshot every now and then.
I’m thinking that a night out to the movies isn’t in my immediate future, which is too bad because I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and really enjoyed it. I’m curious to see how they transfer this to the screen. Unfortunately, I’m the only person on the planet who’s not a big Tom Hanks fan, and that may be a negative factor for me…
My brother-in-law feels the same way, Dawn 🙂
My husband saw this commercial and said he wouldn’t go near it with a 10ft pole, but my mom really wants to see it, so I’m thinking I might go with her sometime.
Holy cow, I thought I was alone! You can be the recipient of some really, really nasty looks if you say you’re just not a Hanks fan, I tell ya. 🙂
Did you read the book, too? It was very emotional and, I don’t know… cerebral? I’m wondering how that will play out in movie form.
I haven’t read the book. Hadn’t heard of it, but I sort of knew it had to be a book because of that title! But then when I saw the picture — the hands with words on them, the book was definitely familiar.
Just chiming in to say – YES make your son read The Borrowers, it’s an awesome book – or actually series of books!
I remember reading and enjoying them when I was growing up!