Rather than curled up with a book this holiday season, I’ll be spending more time in the movie theater. There are so many new movies that began their lives as books that I may have to make a schedule to fit them all in. Here’s what I plan to see:
Hugo – Directed by Martin Scorsese, this is the movie based on Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
War Horse – I read the book by British author Michael Morpurgo a few years ago. And then last month my husband, son and I went to see the play at Lincoln Center in New York. Both were wonderful. Can it be three out of three? This one doesn’t open until mid-January so maybe there will be time to read! Advance warning: bring tissues.
The Adventures of Tintin – Based on the adventures of the fictional Belgian reporter and his dog Snowy. Herge, the author of the 23 Tintin stories, died last December at the age of 98. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this one sounds promising.
The Muppets – I know, the Muppets are not well known literary characters, but you have to love Kermit. If you want to be a purist about this and read a book before seeing the movie, check out: Frogs are Funny! The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Muppets Joke Book Ever! You could also introduce your children to the creative mind behind Kermit and Miss Piggy by reading Kathleen Krull’s wonderful picture book biography, Jim Henson: The Guy Who Played with Puppets.
I’m craving popcorn already!