If you spend time on Heroes and Heartbreakers, or with other groups of engaged readers, you'll notice that many of us love the idea of our favorite books becoming movies. But the pleasure can also flow in the opposite direction. I'm not talking about novelizations, but about books that get a little extra kick of interest from evoking our favorite movies.
The movie-book connection doesn't have to be a literal retelling, or even necessarily intentional. As soon as I read the plot description of Jamie Wesley's opposites-attract romance Tell Me Something Good, I knew I had to read it, because the story of battling radio personalities given a show together made me think of one of my favorite movies, “He Said/She Said.” The fact that there are plenty of differences in characters and plot just made it more intriguing and made me want to see where the author would take it. (Though sadly, no one throws a mug.
Other romances which use movie plots as a take off point include Eloping with Emmy by Liz Fielding (“It Happened One Night,” but with a goodhearted rather than arrogant heroine), Short Straw Bride by Dallas Schulze (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” if it stopped with the first wedding) and My Favorite Bride by Christina Dodd (“The Sound of Music,” but with a heroine from the Regency slums rather than a convent. On her website, Dodd writes, “I get ideas everywhere — from the news, movies, books, friends, songs” so a number of her books fall into this theme. IIRC, Just The Way You Are uses several, including the musical “Bells Are Ringing.”)