Movies Based On The Works Of Stephen King (My Fav 1-5)

IT Chapter One & IT Chapter Two (2017 & 2019)

It¬†(titled onscreen as¬†It Chapter One) & it’s sequel It Chapter Two, is a 2017 American coming-of-age¬†supernatural horror film¬†directed by¬†Andy Muschietti. Based on my favourite novel of all time, the 1986 novel of the same name¬†by¬†Stephen King, primarily covering the first half of the book. The film featuring the cast of¬†Jaeden Lieberher¬†as¬†Bill Denbrough, with¬†Bill Skarsg√•rd¬†starring as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, with¬†Jeremy Ray Taylor,¬†Sophia Lillis,¬†Finn Wolfhard,¬†Wyatt Oleff,¬†Chosen Jacobs,¬†Jack Dylan Grazer,¬†Nicholas Hamilton, and¬†Jackson Robert Scott¬†are all featured in supporting roles. Set in¬†Derry, Maine, the film tells the story of The Losers’ Club, a group of seven outcast children who are terrorized by the¬†eponymous being which emerges from the sewer, only to face their own personal demons in the process.¬†

It Chapter Two is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, returning from the first film, with a screenplay by Gary Dauberman. The second and final installment of the It film series, it is the second of a two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel of the same name by Stephen King, primarily covering the second half of the book. It stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events of the first film, the second film centers on the Losers Club and their relationships as they reunite to destroy It once and for all.

Carrie (1976)

King‚Äôs fourth novel, his first to be published, also became the first movie made from one of his writings. Carrie¬†is a 1976 American¬†supernatural horror¬†film directed by¬†Brian De Palma¬†from a screenplay written by¬†Lawrence D. Cohen, adapted from¬†Stephen King’s¬†1974 epistolary novel of the same name. The film stars¬†Sissy Spacek¬†as¬†Carrie White, a shy 16-year-old who is consistently mocked and bullied at school. The film also features¬†Piper Laurie,¬†Amy Irving,¬†Nancy Allen,¬†William Katt,¬†P. J. Soles,¬†Betty Buckley, and¬†John Travolta¬†in supporting roles. It is the first film in the¬†Carrie¬†franchise.

And what a way to start! Director Brian De Palma turns the milestone into a towering masterpiece of horror cinema, with Sissy Spacek as the tormented teen whose repressed, telekinetic rage finally comes to a boil at her prom. It’s a coming-of-age tale with a monstrous twist; Carrie is a shy, sheltered girl with high school pressures, anxieties and awkwardness to which many young viewers can certainly relate. She’s a weirdo, an oddball, an outsider.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption¬†is a 1994 American¬†drama film¬†written and directed by¬†Frank Darabont, based on the 1982¬†Stephen King¬†novella¬†Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is¬†sentenced to life¬†in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money-laundering operation led by the¬†prison warden¬†Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton).¬†William Sadler,¬†Clancy Brown,¬†Gil Bellows, and¬†James Whitmore¬†appear in supporting roles.

Critics liked it, and word of mouth was great. But so few people paid for a ticket during its brief theatrical run; the movie didn’t earn back its production costs even after its seven Oscar nominations. Now it’s become one of the most beloved films on anyone’s list thanks to cable TV and probably one of King’s most popular adaptations ever. Its story of an innocent convict Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and his sagacious penitentiary friend Red (Morgan Freeman) holds up for endlessly repeated viewings. And when Red finally rejoins Andy in freedom on the beach in Mexico, good luck holding down that big ol’ lump in your throat. Life is too short, and too precious, to spend it rotting away in a prison of any kind.

Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary¬†(sometimes referred to as¬†Stephen King’s Pet Sematary) is a 1989 American¬†supernatural horror film¬†and the first¬†adaptation¬†of¬†Stephen King’s¬†1983 novel of the same name. Directed by¬†Mary Lambert¬†and written by King, it stars¬†Dale Midkiff,¬†Denise Crosby,¬†Blaze Berdahl,¬†Fred Gwynne, and¬†Miko Hughes¬†as¬†Gage Creed. The title is a¬†sensational spelling¬†of “pet cemetery”.¬† This supernatural horror-thriller about a family that discovers something very troubling behind their new home. There was nothing but freak-out scares in this goose-bump gauntlet about the buried dead coming back to life. And King makes a cameo, as a minister presiding over a child‚Äôs funeral. The film was released on April 21, 1989, and grossed $89.5 million at the box office on a budget of $11.5 million. A sequel,¬†Pet Sematary Two, was released in 1992 and a¬†second film adaptation¬†was released in 2019.

The Mist

The Mist¬†(also known as¬†Stephen King’s The Mist) is a 2007 American¬†science-fiction¬†horror film¬†based on the 1980 novella “The Mist” by¬†Stephen King. The film was written and directed by¬†Frank Darabont. Darabont had been interested in adapting “The Mist” for the big screen since the 1980s. The film features an¬†ensemble cast, including¬†Thomas Jane,¬†Marcia Gay Harden,¬†Nathan Gamble,¬†Andre Braugher,¬†Toby Jones,¬†Frances Sternhagen,¬†Buck Taylor,¬†William Sadler,¬†Sam Witwer,¬†Alexa Davalos,¬†Chris Owen,¬†Andy Stahl,¬†Jeffrey DeMunn,¬†Laurie Holden,¬†Melissa McBride, and¬†Juan Gabriel Pareja. he plot revolves around members of the small town of¬†Bridgton, Maine, who after a severe¬†thunderstorm¬†causes the power to go out the night before, meet in a¬†supermarket¬†to pick up supplies. While they struggle to survive, an unnatural¬†mist¬†envelops the town and conceals vicious,¬†Lovecraftian¬†monsters as extreme tensions rise among the survivors.

Congo (1995)

Congo is a 1995 American science fiction action-adventure film loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1980 novel of the same name. The picture was directed by Frank Marshall starring Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, and Tim Curry. The film was released on June 9, 1995, by Paramount Pictures. A Tech & communications giant company’s employees discover the ruins of a lost city near a volcanic site in a remote part of the Congo jungle. When their camp looks to be destroyed, Karen Ross is sent to find out what happened to them.

Meanwhile a primatologist and his assistant are looking for funds to take the sign language proficient female gorilla, Amy, back to the jungles in Zaire, which is she was found as a baby, as she is having trouble sleeping and having nightmares. When their Romanian benefactor’s funds fail, Ross gives them the money needed for the fuel & other costs to fly to Central Africa. What they end up finding there is the Lost City of Zinj and her diamonds.

11 Movies Based On Michael Chrichton Novels

The Andromeda Strain (1971) : An oldie but a goodie, an alien virus kills people in a town and scientists are brought in to investigate and try to contain it. This came out in the ‚Äė70s, but you could already see Crichton’s clinical, scientific approach that would make Jurassic Park a hard-science fiction hit for the ‚Äė90s. The acting in The Andromeda Strain is top notch, and the story is riveting, just like in the book. But the movie is kind of slow. As mentioned before, this would be a good example of hard science fiction in that the science is the star attraction here. It‚Äôs an accessible film, sure, but there‚Äôs a reason why The Andromeda Strain wasn‚Äôt the ‚Äė70s version of Jurassic Park. It‚Äôs just not as interesting a concept as cloning dinosaurs.

The Terminal Man (1974): Based on Crichton’s 1972 novel by the same title, The Terminal Man is a thriller about mind control. The main character, Henry Benson, is scheduled for an operation to have electrodes and a mini-computer implanted in his brain to control his seizures. But what does that really mean for Henry? He ends up having even worse blackouts after the surgery where he gets really violent, and even likes it. It’s fun for the whole family!

The First Great Train Robbery (1979) : Crichton directed The First Great Train Robbery and wrote the screenplay, which was based on his 1975 book with the same title. The First Great Train Robbery is about the Great Gold Robbery of 1855 and takes place in London. Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland star in this really fun caper where two thieves rob a train full of gold. The whole film is basically them figuring out how to do it, and then they do it.

Jurassic Park (1993) : Based on Crichton’s 1990 novel with the same title, Jurassic Park is a science fiction thriller about dinosaurs who are recreated through DNA to populate an amusement park. Unfortunately, some of the safety measures fail, and people find themselves in danger. Jurassic Park is part thriller, part horror, part animatronic magic. It‚Äôs one of Steven Spielberg‚Äôs greatest movies, and it‚Äôs a crowd-pleaser, through and through. Jurassic Park is pretty much what made Michael Crichton a household name, and this is one movie that I think is far better than its source material.

Rising Sun (1993) : In this crime thriller starring Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes, a Japanese prostitute is killed and two detectives (Snipes and Connery) have to solve the case. A disc is in play that may or may not contain the murder on it, and tangled thrills ensue. Rising Sun is another book that is much better than the movie. The story, which concerns Japanese businessmen, is a lot more racially charged in the novel, and the movie is a bit racist, too, in some regards. But the culture clash is intertwined much better in the book, and the movie kind of starts to run in circles, making it a little clumsy as it stumbles to its conclusion. Still, as a story that doesn‚Äôt rely on any of the Crichton tropes of technology run amok, it‚Äôs still fully engaging, even though Wesley Snipes feels way underused.

Disclosure (1994) : Based on a novel Crichton published the same year, Disclosure is about Tom Sanders, who works in a high-tech company just before the beginning of the dot-com economic boom and is wrongly accused of sexual harassment.

Congo (1995) : Based on Crichton’s 1980 novel, Congo is about a diamond expedition in the rain forest of Congo that is attacked by killer gorillas. Starring Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Tim Curry (with a ridiculous accent), Ernie Hudson, and BRUCE FREAKING CAMPBELL (ok, he‚Äôs in the movie but he‚Äôs not ‚Äústarring‚ÄĚ in it), and even a ‚Äútalking‚ÄĚ gorilla, Congo is about a team that goes into the heart of the jungle to locate a missing team of diamond hunters.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) : The Lost World is the sequel to Jurassic Park. It takes place six years after the original story and involves the search for “Site B,” the place where the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park were hatched. The movie is based on Crichton’s 1995 book with the same title. You‚Äôve likely seen The Lost World, and if you have, then you know it‚Äôs not as good as the original. As a follow-up, it‚Äôs actually really enjoyable.

Sphere (1998) : Sphere, which was based on Crichton’s 1987 novel with the same title, is the story of a psychologist who is called by U.S. Navy to join a team of scientists to examine an enormous spacecraft discovered on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, and Sharon Stone, Sphere is about a team finding an alien ship underwater. Or so they think. Mysteries abound, and the conclusion is that the book is way better than the movie, despite it’s star power.

The 13th Warrior (1999) : Based on Crichton’s 1976 novel Eaters of the Dead, The 13th Warrior is about a Muslim in the 10th century who travels with a group of Vikings to their settlement. It is largely a retelling of Beowulf. Antonio Banderas stars as the Muslim who ends up with the Vikings who are at war with Grendel (yes, Beowulf‚Äôs, Grendel). That said, it turns out that the bad guys are really just cannibals who like to live with bears. It‚Äôs‚Ķinteresting.

Timeline (2003) : Based on Crichton’s 1999 novel, Timeline is about a team of historians that travels to the Middle Ages to retrieve a fellow historian who is trapped there. Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, and Francis O‚Äô Connor star in this time traveling adventure film about some archaeological students who go back to medieval times to save their professor. The action and adventure is all there, but people didn‚Äôt turn out to see it, as it was a box office bomb.

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The Andromeda Strain (2008) : The 2008 TV mini-series of The Andromeda Strain is a remake of the 1971 movie with the same title. Both are based on Crichton’s novel about a team of scientists who are investigating a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism that rapidly and fatally clots human blood.

Top 6 Movies Based On John Grisham’s Novels

The Firm (1993): The Firm is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn and Gary Busey in a critically acclaimed role. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham. The Firm was one of two films released in 1993 that were adapted from a Grisham novel, the other being The Pelican Brief. Released on June 30, 1993, the film was a major commercial success, grossing $270.2 million against a budget of $42 million, making it the highest grossing film adapted from a Grisham novel and the highest-grossing R-rated film of 1993, and received positive reviews for the performances (particularly from Cruise and Hunter), although the screenplay received some criticism. Holly Hunter was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, while Dave Grusin was nominated for Best Original Score.

A Time To Kill (1996): A Time to Kill¬†is a 1996 American¬†legal drama¬†film based on¬†John Grisham’s 1989¬†novel of the same name.¬†Matthew McConaughey,¬†Sandra Bullock, and¬†Samuel L. Jackson¬†star with¬†Donald¬†and¬†Kiefer Sutherland appearing in supporting roles. The film received mixed to positive reviews and was a commercial success, making $152 million at the worldwide box office. It is the second of two films based on Grisham’s novels directed by¬†Joel Schumacher, with the other being¬†The Client¬†released two years prior.

The Client (1994): The Client¬†is a 1994 American¬†legal thriller¬†film directed by¬†Joel Schumacher, and starring¬†Susan Sarandon,¬†Tommy Lee Jones,¬†Brad Renfro¬†(his acting film debut),¬†Mary-Louise Parker,¬†Anthony LaPaglia,¬†Anthony Edwards, and¬†Ossie Davis. It is based on the¬†1993 novel¬†by¬†John Grisham. It was filmed in¬†Memphis,¬†Tennessee. The Client¬†was theatrically released in the United States on July 20, 1994 and was a box-office hit, grossing $117.6 million against a $45 million budget. It received positive reviews from critics, with Sarandon‚Äôs, Jones‚Äô and Renfro’s performance in particular earning high praise.

The Pelican Brief (1993): The Pelican Brief is a 1993 American legal thriller film based on the 1992 novel by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student Darby Shaw and Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham. The film, which features music composed by James Horner, was the last film that featured Pakula as both writer and director before his death.

The Rainmaker (1997): The Rainmaker¬†is a 1997 American¬†legal drama film¬†written and directed by¬†Francis Ford Coppola¬†based on¬†John Grisham’s 1995¬†novel of the same name in which a poor, struggling young lawyer who hustled for a job, ends up fighting a big insurance company who denied the claim of a leukemia struck 22 year old dying young man. It stars¬†Matt Damon,¬†Claire Danes,¬†Jon Voight,¬†Mary Kay Place,¬†Mickey Rourke,¬†Danny DeVito,¬†Danny Glover,¬†Roy Scheider,¬†Virginia Madsen, and¬†Teresa Wright in her final film role.

Runaway Jury (2003): Runaway Jury¬†is a 2003 American¬†legal thriller¬†film directed by¬†Gary Fleder¬†and starring¬†John Cusack,¬†Gene Hackman,¬†Dustin Hoffman, and¬†Rachel Weisz. An adaptation of¬†John Grisham’s¬†1996 novel¬†The Runaway Jury, the film pits lawyer Wendell Rohr (Hoffman) against shady jury consultant Rankin Fitch (Hackman), who uses illegal means to stack the jury with people sympathetic to the defense. Meanwhile, a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game begins when juror Nicholas Easter (Cusack) and his girlfriend Marlee (Weisz) appear to be able to sway the jury into delivering any verdict they want in a trial against a gun manufacturer. The film was released October 17, 2003.

My Top 5 Movies Based On Books

Here Are My Top 5 movies based on books

1. The Godfather Trilogy : Needless to say that this one will be on almost everyone’s list if they have watched the films and read the book. I read the book¬† way, way back for the first time at the age of 18 or 19. I used to read a lot and I wanted to get some Mario Puzo books for a while after I had heard about the Godfather films. It would take me another 26 years before I actually watched the films. I’d still say that the book is way better.

2. It Chapters 1 & 2 : Ok this is a given if you know me. It by Stephen King is my fav novel of all time. I live & die by that book. It’s the novel that I have read the most – atleast 20 times. I watched the 1990 miniseries at around the age of 14 or 15 (in 1991) and loved it. I hunted the book down in a local library and read the book over a weekend. Then processed to read it many times over, got my own copy (3 times). The new movies that came out recently are amazing, especially Chapter 1.

3. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy : Oh this is a massive one. If you are movie fan, I don’t care if you do not normally watch fantasy films or period styled films – you just have to watch these films. And watch the extended editions. No way can you not marvel at these early 21st century classic. So much great stuff in these films and I honestly believe that you can rewatch them every year and not be bored.

4. Jurassic Park : To ignite the fertile imaginations of kids everywhere and to stun and make you gawk in awe whether you are a kid or adult – no one has done it as well as Stephen Spielberg. To see dinosaurs on the big screen looking like real animals – that was amazing. I honestly believe that this is the ultimate family film, if you kids are above the age of say 7 or 8. Perfect to show any generation.

5. Congo : This one may not be high on other people’s list but I love the movie and I love the book. There are some differences in the movie but not that much. I still can’t decide which one I love more but I don’t have a problem in watching the film any day of the week. It’s a fun thrilling ride and the book is a great read as well. I love some of Michael Chrichton novels and this one is a really good one.

Prompt from 30 Blog Post Ideas & Calendars | March from Elaine Howlin

What Are A Few Tips For Getting Kids Excited About Reading?

I think the very first step is to get the kids some age appropriate books. Colourful and with lots of images – this itself draws kids to the books at that age and makes them curious about learning about about the images & words in the book. That’s what it was like for me and most people I know.

Tell stories to your kids from the time that they are really young and make it a point to read from a book. Watch their big eyes go wide as you talk about kings and queens, swords and bows & arrows, big romance and big wars and happily ever after. Make the voices and make humour a big part of the story telling. These all, time honoured traditions are awesome ways to get their imagination going and tell them about stories you want them to know and love and share what you had read to you when you were a kid.

Once you have done that, you create a habit in the kids to want to know the stories, either to be read to them or read it themselves. That curiosity and thirst for knowing will be instilled and they will soon start to read and ask for more books. Provide it for them and every time there is a birthday or Christmas or any kind of gift giving opportunity, get them some books and ask relatives who want to gift your children something to also get them some books. You have now sown the seeds of reading.


When Did You Start To Love Reading?

I was the bookworm. I read a lot, mostly fiction with the off biography and I also read a lot about some history and things. I think my fascination for books and reading started by the time I started to learn how to read. The kids books and comics that I got at the time fueled my imagination and I would be lost in reading the books for a few hours. When I visited my cousins homes, after we all exchanged hellos and how are yous, if we weren’t playing a game or something, I would be reading the books that they had in their homes.

When I was younger, while my cousins and uncle watched cricket matches, I could be found lying in a corner or sitting in a sofa with a book in my hands. Or maybe they were watching a movie that I had no interest in and would rather be lost in comics or in a novel. As a youngster I loved comics and could spends hours with a bunch of them. As I turned 14-15 I turned to novels and read a lot each months. I liked to read as much as I could. People found it easy to give me gifts; they just needed to get me some books.

Some weekends I would spend most of my time in my room reading books and listening to music at a low volume, coming down only for food. People found it easy to give me gifts; they just needed to get me some books. I created faces and voices for the characters in my mind – that always seemed to make the books more enjoyable for me. I didn’t go on purpose; it just came naturally for me without me even thinking about it too much.


Possibly Purchase/Wishlist Item: 23 Stories In The Adventures Of Tintin Series

I am not planning on spending much money other than on food, some snacks, medicine and the essentials like toiletries this month. Most of what I used to make online via sponsored posts have dried up and what I do make I add to my monthly bills. And I am keeping the rest for anything that may cross up from time to time like the handkerchief set that bought, the kitchen towels, the mosquito repellents and stuff. These aren’t things I buy that often so it’s mostly once in a while.

I do want to buy a shirt or two and I might. There is also a need to buy a replacement body trimmer since the one that I had stopped getting charged several months ago. And I need to trim the bushes, so to speak. So I am not planning on spending that much this month and even I balance things out I can get 2 shirts and get the trimmer. But if I had a little extra cash the thing that I would buy would be this set that you see over here. It costs Rs. 6,619.00 and is the boxset of all 23 stories in The Adventures of Tintin series that Herge released. The hours and hours of enjoyment that I had as a kid is priceless when it comes to Tintin. The Adventures of Tintin has always been one of my favourite childhood comics. A few of my cousins & I being engrossed in reading and discussing the series is definitely a treasured childhood memory.

Even though I have PDF scanned copies of all the books, it would have nice to have the entire set in book format. The main cast of the comic book series is as follows: Captain Haddock, Tintin, Snowy the dog, Professor Cuthbert Calculus and the mumbling police detectives Thomson & Thompson. Pictured & certainly an essential supporting cast of the series includes Nestor, Captain Haddock‚Äôs butler, famed opera singer Bianca Castafiore & her maid Irma. Incidentally, although they are remarkably alike in appearance and mannerisms, the detectives are not actually twins or even brothers! Which explains why they are called Thompson & Thomson (Thompson with a ‚ÄėP‚Äô & Thomson without a ‚ÄėP‚Äô). They are always a hoot and manage to get themselves in trouble a lot.

RIP Anne Rice

Anne Rice, American author best known for her gothic fiction novels, died on Saturday due to complications resulting from a stroke. She was 80. The author’s son Christopher revealed the news on Facebook and said that she would be interred in the family mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony.

Born in New Orleans in 1941, Rice became renowned the world over as a writer of gothic fiction, with her books selling more than 150 million copies globally. In the early 1970s, while grieving the death of her daughter Michelle, she began converting one of her stories into what became her first novel, the gothic horror ‚ÄúInterview with the Vampire,‚ÄĚ which was published by Knopf in 1976. The novel turns on vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac, who tells the story of his life to a reporter. Michelle served as an inspiration for the child vampire Claudia. The book was the first of ten in what is collectively known as ‚ÄúThe Vampire Chronicles.‚ÄĚ It was adapted by Neil Jordan as a 1994 film starring¬†Tom Cruise,¬†Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater, with Kirsten Dunst playing Claudia. Rice adapted the screenplay from her novel and the film gathered two Oscar nominations and a brace of BAFTA wins.

‚ÄúQueen of the Damned,‚ÄĚ based on one of the bestselling sequels to ‚ÄúInterview with the Vampire,‚ÄĚ was adapted as a film in 2002. Other adaptations of Rice‚Äôs novels include Garry Marshall‚Äôs ‚ÄúExit to Eden‚ÄĚ (1994), starring Dana Delany, Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O‚ÄôDonnell and Emmy-winning Showtime original ‚ÄúThe Feast of All Saints‚ÄĚ (2001). AMC¬†ordered a series based on Rice‚Äôs ‚ÄúLives of the Mayfair Witches.‚Ä̬†As revealed by¬†Variety, AMC had¬†acquired rights to ‚ÄúLives of the Mayfair Witches‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThe Vampire Chronicles‚Ä̬†last year, and¬†casting was recently finalized on the latter. In addition to her vampire novels, Rice authored books such as¬†The Feast of All Saints¬†(adapted for television in 2001) and¬†Servant of the Bones, which formed the basis of a 2011¬†comic book¬†miniseries.

Rice spent much of her early life there before moving to¬†Texas, and later to¬†San Francisco. She was raised in an observant¬†Catholic¬†family but became an¬†agnostic¬†as a young adult. She began her professional writing career with the publication of¬†Interview with the Vampire¬†in 1976, while living in California, and began writing sequels to the novel in the 1980s. In the mid-2000s, following a publicized return to Catholicism, Rice published the novels¬†Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt¬†and¬†Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, fictionalized accounts of certain incidents in the life of¬†Jesus. Several years later she distanced herself from organized¬†Christianity, citing disagreement with the Roman Catholic Church’s stances on social issues but pledging that faith in God remained “central to [her] life.” However, she later considered herself a¬†secular humanist.

The books of her that I have read and have in my library are Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat  (1985), The Queen of the Damned (1988), Merrick (2000), Blood and Gold (2001), Blackwood Farm (2002) & Blood Canticle (2003).

A Voice For My Audio Book

If your novel is published, who would you choose to narrate your audio book of it?

If I did ever finish my novel, which is unlikely, and get it published, which is even more unlikely, I would love to have it on audio book as well. Mainly because it would be good to hear someone reading out my words and also because a lot of people would prefer to have the book read to them rather than read it out.

So if this does happen I have three names that I would want to read my book:

  • Morgan Freeman
  • William Shatner
  • James Earl Jones

If it were a woman’s voice I would guess I would choose from:

  • Meryl Streep
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Kate Winslet


Treasure Island – A Nostalgic Book I Just Repurchased After Over 30 Years

This is a book that I last read perhaps 33 years or so ago. I really felt like reading it again and keep a copy for myself. Treasure Island is a story of maps, hidden gold, pirates and mutiny. Written in 1881 by Robert Louis Stevenson, it follows the story of a young boy named Jim Hawkins who lives with his mother at Admiral Benbow, an inn.

One day, a mysterious man known as ‚ÄėCaptain‚Äô blunders, half-drunk into their business. At first, they are reluctant to accept him, convinced that he will frighten their customers, therefore chasing away their profits. However, ‚ÄėCaptain‚Äô insists and as time grows, they become used to that rum-addict and his company. One fateful day, their serenity shatters as a blind man comes to visit ‚ÄėCaptain‚Äô, by actually threatening him. Jim is forced to elope the inn with Flint‚Äôs (a famous pirate) treasure map, and he boards the ship Hispaniola to sail to Treasure Island, in hopes of discovering Flint‚Äôs gold. On that island, mutiny occurred and Jim will need his wits to survive.

A theme in this book was one of unquestionable faithfulness to one’s captain. Jim tries to be as loyal to his rightful captain as possible, but when caught up in John Silver’s (leader of the mutineers) scheme, he has to admit fidelity to Silver because he saved Jim’s life. Other than just a coming of age story for Jim, it tells a story of the greediness of men, because everyone just wants the treasure and wastes away their lives hacking away at the soil instead of trying to stage a compromise with their counterparts.

The main reason why I wanted to buy it again was after watching the Disney animated film Treasure Planet, which sets a similar storyline but in space. That kindled an interest in me to read the original story again and therefore I placed an order for this copy on Amazon last week and got it a few days ago.

Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Novels & Stories 1&2 By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

My latest purchase is a book from Amazon India, Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Novels & Stories 1&2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave us an icon for the ages in his character Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective. Doyle’s ultimate collection of Homes & Watson adventures is a must have for readers.

A master of all literary genres, his memorable creation is the invincible sleuth Sherlock Holmes whom the readers are introduced to in his first novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). Such was the charisma of this Great Detective that when the author decided to kill Holmes in ‚ÄėHis Last Bow‚Äô (1893), he was compelled to bring Holmes back after vociferous demands from readers. A two-volume com- pendium, Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels & Stories 1 comprises some of the significant adventures of the iconoclastic detective‚ÄĒ‚ÄėThe Adventure of the Speckled Band,‚Äô ‚ÄėThe Musgrave Ritual,‚Äô ‚ÄėA Scandal in Bohemia,‚Äô and ‚ÄėThe Five Orange Pips‚Äô among others. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes adds another dimension to this comprehensive collection.¬†

I remember a few years ago, 2012 I think, my sister & brother-in-law went to Turkey on vacation for a week and they asked me if I could come a couple of evenings to their apartment and look in on Barfi their pug. My sister’s dad & mom live in the same building and when I wasn’t there, the pug would stay with them. So I went a few times and took him from their 5th floor apartment and go up to my sister’s 9th floor. I would play with him and feed him and then take him for a quick walk.

My sister & brother-in-law are strict no tv people, as in no cable tv. They have internet and laptops and tabs for the kids. So while I was there I had to find ways to keep myself entertained. I saw in their book collection a similar book of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. I loved reading the stories earlier on in life and likewise loved reading it at night with Barfi at my side. For some reason I was reminded of that time and decided to buy this set from Amazon. It will be good reading!

Day Of The Jackal

Write about a book you read that stayed with you after you closed the last page.

The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a thriller novel by English author Frederick Forsyth about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS, a French dissident paramilitary organisation, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The OAS, as described in the novel, did exist and the book opens with an accurate depiction of the attempt to assassinate de Gaulle led by Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry on 22 August 1962; the subsequent plot is fiction.

I was so fascinated by this novel that even if I was already familiar with the story (having watched bits of the the 1973 film with the same title that is based on the novel) and it being a very popular one among my cousins and uncles, I was still engrossed when I first read the novel back in 1994. I couldn’t put the book down as it was so fascinating and well written. I was so into it that I got and made black coffee when the lead detectives drank black coffee and at age 18 I had picked up occasional smoking and lit one whenever the detectives smokes.

Ofcourse I was even more fascinated by the life of an assassin who was a bit of a playboy and carefree socialist in his lifestyle but a cold-blooded killer when hired to do a job. I always thought, what it would be like to get jobs to do that you are hired for, maybe a few times in a year, make a lot of money so you can live off it for the rest of the days. Like say each job paid you $500k or more so you only had to do it 3 maybe 4 times a year and enjoy the rest of the time pretending to be an heir who was left a good sum of money so you can drink, enjoy the beach and date models and live in exquisite hotels all over the world.

And the mind of an assassin. How he gets ready, steals passports, forges documents, smuggles in weapons to get ready for the kill. And how no one can stand in his way. Except ofcourse the detective who won in the end. But it almost too late and luck had a big part to play in it. I love this novel and have read it several times since.

Prompt from 31 Days of Writing Prompts for May at the SitsGirls

Organizing Books & Music CDS

So how does one arrange and organize their books and music cds on their shelves? Well I don’t buy cds anymore and I sold off all the ones that I had since I went digital many, many years ago but until 2008 I had a very large collection of both. My book collection is now nowhere near the size I had from the age of of say 12 to 32 but I atleast have a few that I keep on a built in shelf.

How I arrange my books? Well I used to arrange them in alphabetic order based on the title. Because that’s how my sister and I usually picked them up to read and re-read. We both loved to read novels and the odd non-fiction as well and we read our books many, many times. Books was one thing that I did not have much of a problem in sharing. It was meant for me, my sister and any of our relatives who spent time in our home. We shared the titles back & forth quite a lot.

Cds for music were mostly my thing. Because by the time I was 20 is when I started buying cds, until then it was cassettes. Yes I am 44, old as time! Now here I have my own system and since my family usually didn’t listen to the variety of bands & artists that I do (my cousins have some bands in common with me), my cds were mine and mine alone. I would arrange them alphabetically artist wise – so A to Z. And if the band or singer/instrumentalist had multiple albums that I had then I would arrange those cds in the order of the year of release.

That was my arrangement! Now all my music is in mp3 format and in my hard drives.

The Love Of Reading

When did you start to love reading?

I would have to say that it was from the time I started reading. As a little kid I have been fascinated by books and stories. I don’t remember the name of the series but I was addicted to these storybooks about this family and the things that they did – go for a picnic, library, car trip etc etc. As I got older comic books were my thing. I also liked Hardy boys, Nancy Drew, Fantastic 5 etc. Tintin & Astrix were my favourite for a very long time (they still are and good for all ages).

By the time I turned 12 I started reading more novels. They took me to a different world. While I have enjoyed the odd non-fiction book I prefer fiction any day of the month. While reading my mind conjures up what the place looks like, the colours, the way the people look, their clothes and hairstyles etc etc. It was at times even better than watching tv. Ofcourse over the years I have now become too lazy to actually sit and read books and prefer Youtube and tv shows and movies to reading. So much so that I don’t think I have read a full book in over 3 years.

3 years! In previous years I would have finished 3 books in 10 days or a fortnight at the most. Not these days though.


Listening VS Reading A Book

How many of you have signed up with Audible? I don’t know of other apps that gets you recorded versions of novels but I am sure there is atleast 1 or 2 out there. A lot of people I know like to read a lot here in India but I only know of a handful of people who have signed up for Audible.

Audible and other recorded versions are really good for people who don’t like to sit and read. Some people even say that sitting back and reading makes them fall asleep after a few pages, especially in the afternoons and nights, so listening to a book being read out to you is a better option. They can also listen to the book while doing other things like driving a car, at the gym, going on a run, cycling etc. Which is not possible when you are reading from a book the traditional way.

However I feel that there is something missing when you are letting someone else read it for you. Unless you a small child who wants a parent or an older sibling read a story for you. I would prefer to read the book myself because that is the way I have spent several weeks each year growing up and enjoying immersing myself in it. However I will give audio books another try.

Prompt From 130 New Prompts for Argumentative Writing at The New York Times

Book Gifts

What bookish items do you love to give as gifts?

This would have been easier when I was younger. Atleast till my early 30s. I was the bookworm. I read a lot, mostly fiction with the off biography and I also read a lot about some history and things.

When I was younger, while my cousins and uncle watched cricket matches, I could be found lying in a corner or sitting in a sofa with a book in my hands. As a youngster I loved comics and could spends hours with a bunch of them. As I turned 14-15 I turned to novels and read a lot each months. I liked to read as much as I could. People found it easy to give me gifts; they just needed to get me some books.

If I would gift someone now, I’d try to find their interests and get books based on them. Biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. If they like a particular field of interest or sports then I would find books on that. Someone likes horror – Stephen King’s novels. Etc etc. Get a few books and have them gift wrapped and give them as a gift for a housewarming, anniversary, promotion or birthday. Even some coffee table books are good gifts.


Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and with a screenplay by Gillian Flynn based on her 2012 novel of the same title. The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. Set in Missouri, the story begins as a mystery that follows the events surrounding Nick Dunne (Affleck), who becomes the prime suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife Amy (Pike).

On their fifth wedding anniversary, writing teacher Nick Dunne returns home to find his wife Amy missing. Her disappearance receives press coverage, as Amy was the inspiration for her parents’ popular¬†Amazing Amy¬†children’s books. Detective Rhonda Boney finds poorly concealed evidence of a struggle in the house. Suspicion mounts around Nick, whose apathy is interpreted by the media as characteristic of a¬†sociopath¬†and even sows doubt in his twin sister Margo. Flashbacks reveal how Amy and Nick first met. Amy later revealed to Nick that¬†Amazing Amy¬†was a perfected version made up of the real Amy’s failures. Their marriage disintegrated over time; both lost their jobs in the¬†recession¬†and moved from New York City to Nick’s hometown of North Carthage,¬†Missouri. Nick became lazy and distant, and began cheating on Amy with Andie, one of his students, while Amy became increasingly resentful towards Nick for making her move with him to Missouri, having loved her life in New York City.

Forensic¬†analysis of the house uncovers cleaned bloodstains, indicating a probable murder. Boney unearths evidence of financial troubles, domestic disputes, and Amy’s recent willingness to purchase a gun. Medical reports indicate that Amy is pregnant, which Nick denies knowing. Amy and Nick had played¬†treasure hunt¬†games on every wedding anniversary; this year’s clues include profligate items purchased with Nick’s card, as well as a diary highlighting Amy’s growing isolation and ending with the fear that Nick will kill her. Amy is revealed to be alive and well, having gone into hiding in a campground in the¬†Ozarks. Upon discovering Nick’s¬†affair, she concocted an elaborate plan to punish him by framing him for her murder and making his motive appear to be monetary in nature. She fabricated a long-standing diary that was accurate in its early entries but later evolved into false accounts of¬†spousal violence¬†and her increasing fear of Nick. She befriended a pregnant neighbor, told her fake stories about Nick’s temper, and stole her urine to fake pregnancy results, all while hiding the friendship from Nick.

She planted corroborating evidence of Nick’s guilt in the clue spots for the “treasure hunt” for the police to find. She also splattered her own blood across the kitchen, and cleaned it haphazardly. She anticipated that Nick would be convicted and¬†executed¬†for her murder and contemplated committing¬†suicide¬†after his conviction. Nick deduces Amy’s plan and convinces Margo of his innocence. He flies to¬†New York¬†and meets Tanner Bolt, a lawyer known for representing men accused of killing their wives. Nick also meets Amy’s ex-boyfriend Tommy O’Hara, who says that Amy had falsely accused him of rape, planting evidence around his house and forcing him to register as a¬†sex offender¬†to avoid jail. Nick approaches another ex-boyfriend, the wealthy Desi Collings, against whom Amy previously filed a¬†restraining order, but Desi turns him away, refusing to share any details.

When Amy’s campground neighbors rob her of her money, she calls Desi for help, convincing him that she fled from Nick’s abuse. Desi agrees to hide her in his lake house. After Andie reveals their affair at a press conference, Nick appears on a talk show professing his innocence and apologizing for his failures as a husband, in the hope of luring Amy. The show airs shortly before the treasure hunt clues land Nick arrested for murder. However, his performance rekindles Amy’s feelings for him and modifies her plans. She uses Desi’s surveillance cameras to help make it appear that Desi kidnapped and raped her. She seduces Desi, murders him with a¬†box cutter, and returns home covered in his blood, clearing Nick of suspicion.

When Boney probes into the holes in her story, Amy chastises her as incompetent. The¬†FBI¬†sides with Amy, forcing Boney to back down. Amy tells Nick the truth and admits to Desi’s murder, saying that the man she watched pleading for her return on TV is the man she wants him to become again. Nick shares this with Boney, Bolt, and Margo, but they have no evidence of her guilt. Nick intends to leave Amy, but she reveals she is pregnant, having¬†inseminated¬†herself with Nick’s sperm stored at a fertility clinic. Nick reacts violently to Amy’s insistence that they remain married, but feels responsible for the child. Despite Margo’s objections, he reluctantly decides to stay with Amy. The “happy” couple announces on television that they are expecting.

Fantastic acting skills and the movie is so amazing. I loved the cast, the acting and the storyline. I found myself absolutely hooked after a few minutes and this is probably one of my favourite darker themed movie. 9.5 outta 10!