THE BOOK WAS BETTER – 5 GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR 2012 by Sarah Terry
Yes, that time of year has already arrived. The time of house decorating, cookie baking and gift giving. I find myself staring down my list of people that need a perfect gift, worrying what to buy this year. How can I top the perfect funny t-shirt or the awesome personalized photo book from last year? And then I think – what could be better than the gift of the perfect book? With so many great movie adaptations this year, there are several options for introducing those in your life to why the book was better, and you can pick something that is on trend but still feels unique because it wasn’t necessarily just plucked from the bestseller list. Here are five options for literary gifts that also hit theaters this year, and there is easily one for every special someone on your list.
1) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
For the adventurous and imaginative someone, Tolkien’s classic adventure featuring a younger Bilbo Baggins, who goes on a magical adventure with a troupe of trolls in search of a long lost treasure is always a delight. Find them a nice copy so they can read it again before the epic first movie comes out this December.
2) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
For the intellectual and philosophical someone, give them this beautifully written and well thought out commentary on life and our interconnected universe. If they’ve already seen the somewhat clumsy adaptation that came out this fall, reading the book might give them a better understanding of what they’ve seen, although it won’t shake the terrifying image of Hugo Weaving dressed as a very unhappy female nurse.
3) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
For the romantic someone who’s at a loss for a love triangle to obsess over now that Twilight has come to an end. They’ll need some time with Tolstoy’s tome before the movie starring Kiera Knightly hits theaters this Christmas, so they’ll know whether they are Team Vronsky or Team Karenin.
4) The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
For the someone who likes tough guys and a bit of violence. They’ll love this if they saw the summer’s movie Lawless starring Shia LeBouf and Tom Hardy as it has all the little extra details that a movie often doesn’t have time to capture in two hours. It also benefits from the personal touch of being written by a descendent of the Bondurant boys, the stars of this Depression-era tale.
5) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
For the spiritual someone who likes a bit of magical realism with their bedtime reading. If they haven’t yet read this acclaimed novel (or if they want to read it again), they should travel back through the world of Pi’s intoxicating imagination before checking out Ang Lee’s very colorful-looking adaptation that hit theaters over Thanksgiving.
Sarah Terry is an aspiring TV writer and screenwriter. Her chocolate chip cookies are world-renowned, she can do 5 boy pushups in a row, and her Basque heritage is the reason she talks so loud. She writes TV pilots, screenplays, and the occasional rambling blog post for her blog, That Ridiculous Fantastic.
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