Shelf Pleasure Celebrates the Oscars
This coming Sunday is one of our favorite days on the calendar over here at Shelf Pleasure—Oscar Sunday! From the red carpet fashions to the wacky acceptance speeches, we love every minute. While we wait to see what our favorite stars will be wearing, let’s honor some of our favorite best picture winners from the past—all originating as fabulous books, of course!
In this acclaimed novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger, Larry McMurtry created two unforgettable characters who won the hearts of readers and moviegoers everywhere: Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma.
Who can forget Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter, possibly the most memorable villain in modern fiction? A young FBI cadet must work with the incarcerated Lecter, brilliantly played by Anthony Hopkins, to catch another insane serial killer. Gripping on both the page and the screen.
Violence ensues after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande in this dark and wild adventure from McCarthy. If Anton Chigurh doesn’t scare you on the page, Javier Bardem’s portrayal of the psychopathic killer certainly will leave you with chills running down your spine.
This classic tale follows an idealistic group of German schoolboys who enlist in the German army of World War I and soon come to see that the reality of war is more horrible than they ever could have imagined. As the war rages on, the boys become bitter and angry as they realize that all the conflict and fighting is pointless. This powerful message still holds true in today’s world.
This unforgettable story is about Randle Patrick McMurphy, a brash rebel who rallies the patients of a mental institution to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched. But can they really take on the powers that keep them all imprisoned? Not only did the film go on to win Best Picture, but Jack Nicholson took home his first Best Actor Oscar for his powerful performance as McMurphy.
From Mario Puzo’s The Godfather to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, so many of our favorite—and most enduring—movies came from great works of literature. We want to know your top picks. Tell us below or join the conversation on our Facebook page!
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