Saw the Movie? Read the Book!

These August movies are based on books:

Dark Places movie posterDark Places - Gillian Flynn

Dark Places: based on Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. E-book available here.

Story: “Libby Day was only seven years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Twenty-five years later, she agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.” (IMDb)
Fun Fact: “Charlize Theron is 177 cm tall, but the character she plays is in the book just 148 cm tall.” (IMDb)

De fazanten moordenaars movie posterDisgrace - Jussi Adler-Olsen

De fazanten moordenaars (English movie title = The Absent One): based on Fasandræberne by Jussi Adler-Olsen.  It is translated into English as The Absent One (or Disgrace, if you prefer the UK title).  Part 2 of the Department Q series. E-book available here.

Story: “The murder of young twins initially implicates a group of upper class students as the killers, though the case takes a turn or two from its starting point.” (IMDb)
Fun Fact: “In December 2014, the film became the highest-grossing Danish film ever at the Danish box office with 66 million kroner from 749,000 tickets sold.” (IMDb)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl movie posterDiary of a Teenage Girl - Phoebe Gloeckner

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: based on The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner.

Story: “A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.” (IMDb)
Fun Fact: Won the award for Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Best International Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. (IMDb)

Special mentions:

Fantastic Four: This most recent instalment/reimagination/reboot is (still) based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Les Souvenirs (English film title = Memories) : based on David Founkinos’s French book Les Souvenirs.