One of the most effective ways to sell more books is to have a movie based on it. The ad budgets for movies dwarfs books. Even a bad movie can create a book best-seller. People just say, “the movie really sucked but you should read the book.”
Generally the book is always better. A book can get much more detailed and develop the characters. A movie only lasts two hours. A book can last days.
Sure, some movies are better then the book. But those are the more visual ones.
There are nine movies up for Best Picture.
- AMOUR – original
- ARGO – based of a Antonio Mendez’s book (non-fiction).
- BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – based on a play.
- DJANGO UNCHAINED – original.
- LES MISERABLES – based on the classic Victor Hugo book and inspired by the long running Broadway play.
- LIFE OF PI – based on the award-winning novel from Yann Martel.
- LINCOLN – based on a sliver of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Lincoln, A TEAM OF RIVALS.
- SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – based on the debut novel from Matthew Quick.
- ZERO DARK THIRTY – original screenplay based on true events.
So five of the nine were based on books. Three based on novels and two true stories.