I have many hobbies and interests that I may have mentioned before in this blog, but you probably didn’t know that I am obsessed with awards shows. The Golden Globes, The Oscars, Much Music Video Awards, it doesn’t matter what the awards are for, I’ll watch it and love every second of it. While watching the Golden Globes on Sunday, I realized many of the winners named books that inspired the movies and tv shows. It all comes back to the written word. To the writer, hunkered over a notebook on the subway, or locked in their bedroom typing on their laptop while their kids are knocking on the door asking, “Mommy, what are you doing in there?” And so, I decided to put together a list of books that inspired the Golden Globe nominated stories.
Spotlight nominated for best motion picture: drama, and best screenplay, is based on stories by the “Spotlight team” that earned the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.
The Martian, winner for best motion picture:comedy, and winner for best actor in a motion picture: comedy, is based on the novel by the same name written by Andy Weir.
Trumbo, nominated for best actor in a motion picture: drama is based on the biography Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook.
Game Of Thrones, nominated for best TV series: drama, is based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin.
Outlander, nominated for best TV series: drama, and best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series, or TV movie, is based on the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
The story for the TV series Mozart In The Jungle, Winner for TV series: comedy, is inspired by Blair Tindall’s memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music.
Orange is the New Black, nominated for best TV series: comedy, and best supporting actress in a TV series, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.
Penny Dreadful, nominated for best actress in a tv series: drama, draws inspiration from a variety of characters and stories such as Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde, Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Wolf Hall, Winner for Best TV movie or miniseries, and nominated for best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series, or TV movie, is based on Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.
Show me a Hero, Winner for best actor in a TV movie or limited series, is based on the book of the same name written by Lisa Belkin.
So there you go. Over 18 books you can add to your “to read” list 🙂