Oscar Fever: Books So Good They Made Them Movies

February 28, 2014 • Editorial • Views: 238

Roll out the red carpet – it’s Oscar season, and you know what that means: it’s time for some movie tie-ins!

In case you’ve been without internet for the past week, we want to remind you that the 86th Academy Awards are on this Sunday night. And, while we’re gearing up for some elaborate gowns, gushing acceptance speeches, and our all-office Oscar pool, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite award-inspiring reads.

12 years a slave
Twelve Years a Slave

Considered a favorite for this weekend’s Awards, 12 Years a Slave is nominated for 9 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. What you might not know, though, is that it was adapted from a bestselling memoir written by Solomon Northup in 1853.

million dollar baby

Million Dollar Baby: Stories from the Corner

What’s that you say? You’ve never read the Hemingway-esq collection of short stories that inspired Million Dollar Baby? If you’re a fan of this Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film, immerse yourself in F.X. Toole’s gritty world of boxing.


Kramer vs. Kramer

Avery Corman’s classic about the true ugliness of divorce is poignant, heartfelt, and accurate in its complexity. No wonder the movie won its share of Oscar’s! Well, that, and the incredible acting – but the novel definitely had something to do with it (after all, it did win Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium).


Rosemary’s Baby

What do you get when you mix Mia Farrow, the supernatural, and a truly captivating suspense novel by Ira Levine? 1968’s Academy Award for Best Picture, for one. If you’re a fan of the film, do yourself a favor – check out the book, You’ll zip right through it, and find yourself in the mood to re-watch the movie by next week.

Excited about all the reading you’ll get to do this weekend? Guess we’ve got the Academy to thank for that…and a few incredible authors.