Hey there, bookworms, it’s National Book Lovers Day! How’s about celebrating by, um, watching a movie? (Our logic is less than ironclad, we’ll admit.) Sure, the moving picture doesn’t always do right by the written word, but a few fine films have celebrated literature and writers in ways memorable, thought-provoking, and entertaining; we’ve assembled ten of our favorites after the jump, with plenty of room in the comments for you to throw in your own.
Director Curtis Hanson’s 2000 adaptation of Michael Chabon’s wonderful novel (the adaptation is by Steve Kloves, who went on to adapt all but one of the Harry Potter books) tells the story of Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas), a once-great novelist, now a blocked pot-smoking English professor who has to get his shit together over the course of a weekend-long campus literary festival. It’s a marvelous, perfect little human comedy, odd and funny and unassuming, like the movies Paul Mazursky and Hal Ashby used to make in the ‘70s, with a keen understanding of both those who write and those who love them (“She was a junkie for the printed word. Lucky for me, I manufactured her drug of choice”).