In October, the novel Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick came out to rave reviews. But before it was even released, the author’s wildest dreams had already come true. Silver Linings Playbook had been optioned to become a movie. We authors dream of our books coming to the screen with super stars like Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro portraying our beloved characters.
That’s exactly what happened for Quick. I haven’t read the book yet, but I can attest that the movie is fantastic. It’s already nominated for four Golden Globes: best movie, best actor, best actress and best screenplay. Jennifer Lawrence deserves the Best Actress Oscar buzz she’s getting in New York Magazine.
Lawrence shines as the dark, young crazy widow named Tiffany who works her butt off trying to get the even crazier boy named Pat (Cooper) to notice her. Their mental illnesses are dizzying at first, but their suffering is mixed with compassionate humor. Pat, who has just been released from an institution, tries to get his estranged wife back even though she has a restraining order against him. He’s stuck living with his offbeat parents, and his father (DeNiro) is jobless so he takes up gambling. Other subplots involve the Philadelphia Eagles football team and a dance competition. It’s all in good fun.
I just want to say it again, Lawrence rocks this movie. Just like she did in two other book-to-movie adaptations. She’s, of course, Katniss from The Hunger Games. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for playing a tough country girl named Ree in the movie Winter’s Bone (which was also a critically acclaimed novel).
If you like a little bit of wacky, and you can’t get your husband to take you to Les Miserables (that’s me, sigh), you’ll love Silver Linings Playbook.
I’m kind of confused on why NPR is rating children’s literature, but rate they did. They came out with a “scientific” list of the top 100 young adult books of all time. I’m still scratching my head. Shouldn’t they be broadcasting the European debt crisis on BBC and pondering the makings of a gunman on All Things Considered? Whatevs.
Then all the book writers had something to bitch say about it. The Atlantic applauds the NPR list for being dominated by female authors and protagonists but manages to put down the reasons why we all love the genre so much. (It’s not that simplistic, and we’re not “adverse to nuance.”) The Guardian ponders why Diana Wynne Jones is all the way down at number 36. And one of my favorite websites, Forever Young Adult, complained that there was’t enough Meg Cabot while John Green got five nods–and why did NPR think Lord of the Rings is YA?
Best-of lists always stir controversy, and that’s probably what NPR intended. They got a lot of attention, and who doesn’t love getting some of that? But my point is that NPR’s opinion is this week’s big book story, and I’m not complaining. I’m always thrilled to see people–adults no less–obsess over young adult literature.
So, how many of the 100 have you read? I checked off 36.
Below, see NPR’s Top Ten YA Novels of all time (with links to Forever YA’s book reviews):