Jan 11 2013 8:16am

Reading Your Way Through the Oscar Nominees

The Oscar nominations were announced yesterday morning, and as expected Les Miserables and Lincoln both received a lot of nominations, as did Silver Linings Playbook, which was not as expected.

All three are based on books; Les Miserables obviously from Victor Hugo's classic, Lincoln from Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and Silver Linings Playbook from Matthew Quick's book of the same name.

As Oscar enthusiasts rush to watch all the nominated films, we want to ask the book enthusiasts: Do you read all the books upon which the Oscar-nommed films are based?

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I liked Silver Linings Playbook so much that I did end up seeking out the book, which was also very good, if in a different way from the film sometimes (book!Tiffany is older than Lawrence's Tiffany, for instance, so the relationship dynamics are a little different as a result).
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I *tried* to read Les Miserables back in the day, but didn't like it (of course, I hated the play, which I walked out of). I loved the Life of Pi (though it's not nominated for this, IDT), however, and have read Goodwin before, and she's a fabulous author.
Jena Briars
3. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
I'm so glad that yummy B-Coops got the nom for this one! I plan on reading it AFTER I see the movie (I know, I know).

At first, I wanted to read Les Mis - so I read through the whole Wiki (good lord) - then I decided NOT to read the book when I got to the part about Fantine having to sell her teeth out of desperation. :(
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