TMP Reads: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

**WARNING: This post will contain some spoilers for both the novella Double Indemnity and its film adaptation. I’m sure most of you have at least seen the adaptation, but in the event that you haven’t, or have seen the film but would like to keep the book shrouded in mystery, read with caution! Double Indemnity…

Book vs. Film: The Furies

Originally published in 1948, Niven Busch’s novel The Furies was adapted to film with director Anthony Mann at the helm. Released in 1950, the film tells the story of the Jeffords family. Patriarch T. C. (Walter Huston) owns a New Mexico ranch, “The Furies.” His wife is long dead. His son (John Bromfield) is soon to…

Mildred Pierce: Book, Film and Mini-Series

Published in 1941, Mildred Pierce was written by James M. Cain and is a dramatic story of a mother willing to do anything to preserve her family’s social status through a divorce and the Depression, largely for the benefit of her conniving and wealth-hungry daughter Veda. Adapted to film in 1945, Mildred Pierce has long been one of…

The Cinematic Novels of Ben Ames Williams

American novelist Ben Ames Williams was a prolific writer, crafting over 30 novels and over 400 short stories throughout his career. Quite a few of his works, including Small Town Girl, All the Brothers Were Valiant, Leave Her to Heaven and The Strange Woman were adapted to the screen. (All the Brothers Were Valiant and Leave Her…

Book vs. Film: The Most Dangerous Game

Originally published in Collier’s in 1924, Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game” (also known as “The Hounds of Zaroff”) is an incredibly chilling and suspenseful story. It begins with a man named Rainsford, traveling on a boat. He’s having a conversation with a fellow traveler about the island they’re passing by — an island cloaked…

Book vs. Film: Austenland

Published in 2007, Shannon Hale’s Austenland follows Jane Hayes, a 30-something New Yorker. She’s an average woman, with an average life, but for one thing: she’s obsessed with Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy from the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This love for Mr. Darcy has given her unrealistic expectation for her love…

Book vs. Film: The Birds

Daphne du Maurier’s “The Birds” opens with Nat Hocken, a farmhand, lamenting the overnight arrival of winter. Soon after, birds begin entering his home, attacking his family. All of the birds in England seem to have gone insane — perhaps all of the birds in Europe, too, if the lack of radio communication is any…

Book vs. film: Gone Girl

A note from Lindsey: I have managed (with great effort) to completely avoid spoilers in this comparison/review. Comments on this post may contain spoilers, though, so read there with caution if you have not yet read the book or watched the film! Though I didn’t even read its source novel until last month, Gone Girl…

Period film: The Group (1966)

Eight friends are graduating from college in the class of 1933. These women are intelligent and driven, very hopeful about the future despite the fact that the country is in the middle of a depression. The women are: Dottie (Joan Hackett) – a promising scholar who gives it all up when she falls for a…