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Chapter 8 - Almost True Hollywood Stories

Getting my nose powdered for my big scene.

In mid January Bookends had the pleasure of hosting a film crew and serving as one of the locations for a Lifetime movie in production. The movie's working title is "Icing on the Cake" and it is to be in Lifetime's fall lineup. We were one of several locations in North Myrtle Beach. As soon as we find out more, we will let you know.

The crew was extremely professional, the actors lovely, and the director encouraging. I even got a chance to play a bookseller! I know, I know, it was so out of character for me!

It made me start thinking about all the books which have been made into movies - some good, some bad. Here are my absolute favorite as Hollywood definitely kept to the story when they made the film.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - This classic film was released in 1939 and is now being released in its 80th anniversary edition. While the 800+ plus page book is definitely worth reading the 3 hour 45 minute movie is deserving of binge watching.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo - Here is another book that is recommended reading but if you can't spend the time to read the 448 pages, you might consider the movies at least Parts 1 and 2. They will definitely have you craving Italian food, if nothing else.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - The book is wonderful and the movies have been well done too. My favorite is the 6 hour mini-series starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy but the 1940 movie starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier is also terrific.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman - Here is a movie the whole family will love. The book lends itself to being read out loud as well or listening to the audio on a road trip. The movie would be great for a pizza and movie night!

A Time to Kill by John Grisham - This book was actually the first one Grisham wrote and it only became known after The Firm was published. In my opinion, it is perhaps his best book. The movie with Matthew McConaughey and Samuel Jackson still makes me cry although I've seen it several times.

Do you have a favorite book turned movie? Is there one that you absolutely love the book more and wished they'd never made the movie? Let me know.

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Two crew members!

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