Thanks goodness for books! I saw the trailer for “Shutter Island” and before I could even say how great I thought it looked, the dreaded words “Starring Leonardo DiCaprio” came up on the screen. For most people, that would be enough to stop them experiencing this psychological drama, but I’m not a mere movie-goer, I’m a movie-going Librarian! I looked it up on the Read the Book – Then See the Film section of our website and found that the movie is based on a book written by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone.
I got it out, read it in two nights and it totally sucked. No, not really, it was actually AWESOME! And not an aged-teen-heart-throb-on-the-decline in sight. So if you like psychological thrillers that slowly ratchet up the pace to a zenith, you should definitely grab Shutter Island.
If you like to read the books on which movies and TV shows are based you can check out either Read the Book – Then See the Film which has a listing of books that are in the process of being made into movies, or Books into Film which lists books that have already been made into movies or adapted for television.
Either way you can annoy people you know by telling them the ending or complaining about how the TV/Film adaption “missed the point”, is obviously “not as good as the book” and if you particularly don’t like someone you could say that the film is a good introduction for people who may not have it in them to read the proper version.