I just finished watching the Academy Awards. I love looking at the dresses and jewels and hair styles.
There is usually at least once when I look at the actor or actress and picture them standing in front of the mirror and saying, “Honey, do I look good in this?” and wonder who in the world would have answered “Yes” to that question.
I didn’t have that experience this year, much to my surprise.
What I noticed again and again and again, however, was just how often books or plays or short stories were the source material for so many of the movies.
“Argo”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Lincoln”, “Life of Pi”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Les Miserables”, “The Hobbit”, to name just a few. On Academy Awards afternoon, I saw the movie “Quartet”, also based on a play.
Books aren’t relevant anymore? Reading doesn’t matter? Hardly.
And it works the other way, too.
Popular movies or television shows often spawn books from authors trying to cash in on the publicity.
The PBS show “Downton Abbey” (and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I can only ask “What rock have you been living under?”) has created a veritable industry of books about the real home in the series, how to cook as if you lived then, what life was like in that time period for the upstairs/downstairs people. Go to Amazon, type in “Downton Abbey” and look in the books section. You’ll find pages and pages of listings from cookbooks to scripts to official interpretations to, well, you name it and it’s there.
People aren’t buying books? No one reads anymore? Hardly.
I appreciate the mutual respect that movie people and publishers seem to have for each other. Maybe it isn’t “respect” per se so much as the chance to make money.
Whatever the real reasons the fact remains that people find inspiration in books. And that inspiration goes up the ladder and back down again.
Here’s hoping you find some inspiration in your reading this month.