Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: twenty works that were made into films for ninety-nine cents each

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: twenty works that were made into films for ninety-nine cents each

I don’t always report the Kindle Daily Deal to you, but sometimes, they stand out.

Today’s did for me. It’s twenty works that were made into films, each one for only ninety-nine cents!

This is unusual for us, but my Significant Other and I bought a bunch of these.

Let me give you some general background on them, and then I’ll get into specifics.

I used the term “works” although Amazon used “novels”, because this includes Who Goes There? That’s certainly arguably not a novel, just due to its length (and has been recognized as a great novella).

These books are also from RosettaBooks, which famously won a legal battle with Random House. RH tried to claim that it licensed exclusive e-book rights for books because they had licensed the paperbooks…that was rejected, which allowed RosettaBooks to license those rights (which, arguably, Random House hadn’t jumped on quickly enough).

Second, there is a complicated relationship for me between movies (and TV shows) and the books which are their sources.

I’d always rather read the book before I see the movie. I do think, though, that reading a book after you’ve seen the movie can be enlightening, even (perhaps especially) if they are quite different. The better the adaptation, the more surprising it can be. Movies and books are different media, and turning a great book into a great movie must inevitably result in something which is also different.

Here are some of the books…and something about their film adaptations. If I have time today to add more, I will, but I don’t want you to miss the opportunity to get these.

Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut Series)

Movie: Slaughterhouse-Five (available streaming at no additional cost for eligible Prime members)

This 1969 novel is a classic, and you may have been assigned to read it in school (but don’t let that stop you from reading it now). 😉 Is it science fiction? Yes, but you don’t have to be a geek to appreciate it. It was made into a movie in 1972. It didn’t do well at the box office, but was critically respected, winning the Prix du Jury at Cannes. There has been talk of a Guillermo del Toro remake.

Wizard’s First Rule (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Terry Goodkind

TV series: Legend of the Seeker (available streaming at no additional cost for eligible Prime members)

This 1994 novel was the first in the Sword of Truth series, which continued through thirteen books. I had fun with the syndicated TV series. 🙂

I Am Legend (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Richard Matheson

Movies:

Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel reverses the typical monster story…with many monsters and one “normal” person. When the abnormal is normal, who is in the right? How would you be perceived? My favorite version of this is the cheapie Vincent Price “Last Man on Earth”, but The Omega Man has its own kitschy 1970s glory (starring Charlton Heston). There is another movie called I Am Omega which is an unofficial version.

To Dance with the White Dog: A Novel of Life, Loss, Mystery and Hope (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Terry Kay

Movie: To Dance With the White Dog

Hume Cronyn won an Emmy for playing Sam Peek, the older farmer in this well-regarded tale of aging and marginalization.

The Day of the Triffids (RosettaBooks Into Film)
by John Wyndham

Movies and TV:

The Day of the Triffids (1963)
Day of the Triffids 1981 miniseries (available streaming at no additional cost for eligible Prime members)
Day of the Triffids [Blu-ray] Dougray Scott 2009 miniseries
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731706/ (possible Sam Raimi version, perhaps released in 2013)

If you just saw a poster for the 1963 movie version, you might think this is a silly monster story, but it’s much more of a commentary on society (as the 1981 miniseries depicts…I recommend that one). I was quite surprised when I saw the 2008 movie Blindness that it wasn’t a credited remake, since the idea was quite similar.

Who Goes There? (RosettaBooks Into Film Series)
by John W. Campbell

Movies:

The Thing (Howard Hawks version)
The Thing (1982 John Carpenter version)
The Thing (2011 prequel)

Shoeless Joe (RosettaBooks Sports Classics)
by W. P. Kinsella

Movie: Field of Dreams

Make Room! Make Room! (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Harry Harrison

Movie: Soylent Green
Rumored remake

Yes, I have yelled, “The scoops! The scoops!” in a crowded line at a science fiction. 🙂

Midnight Cowboy (RosettaBooks Into Film Series)
by James Leo Herlihy

Movie: Midnight Cowboy (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars)

The Midwich Cuckoos (RosettaBooks into Film)
by John Wyndham

Movies:

Village of the Damned
Children of the Damned
Village of the Damned remake with Christopher Reeve

Bang the Drum Slowly (RosettaBooks Sports Classics)
by Mark Harris

Friday the Rabbi Slept Late (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Harry Kemelman

Fuzz (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Ed McBain

The Sand Pebbles (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Richard McKenna

Girl in Hyacinth Blue
by Susan Vreeland

Movie:

Brush with Fate (Glenn Close)

Red Alert (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Peter Bryant

Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

An American Tragedy (RosettaBooks into Film)
by Theodore Dreiser

Movie: A Place in the Sun

The Asphalt Jungle (RosettaBooks Into Film Series)
by W. R. Burnett

In the Heat of the Night (RosettaBooks into Film)
by John Ball

The Brave Cowboy (Edward Abbey Series)
by Edward Abbey

Movie:

Lonely are the Brave

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

6 Responses to “Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: twenty works that were made into films for ninety-nine cents each”

  1. Tuli Reno Says:

    I bought nine of them and I plan to watch or watch again the movies. Sometimes a movie will surprise you if you like the book a lot.

    One of the books on this list did that for me, “Bang the Drum Slowly.” The book is very moving. The movie leaves me weeping uncontrollably. Each time I watch it, I wonder why I’m doing this to myself and swear I will never watch it again.

    I’ve seen In the Heat of the Night and enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading the book and wondering if that very memorable line from the movie (“They call me MR Tibbs”) is in there. (Don’t tell me.)

    I agree with you on the Triffid series. I liked both the book and the 1981 remake.

    Although “Omega Man” is kinda cheesy I’ve seen it several times. Anthony Zerbe will always be, for me, the quintessential movie bad guy. I was disappointed in the ending to the remake, but I am very fond of Will Smith, so I gave him a pass; this time. I’ve been meaning to read “I Am Legend” and for 99 cents, how could I let that pass?

    You were right about today’s deal being a real deal. So, how many did you get?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tuli!

      Well, we agree on a few things! I’ve also seen The Omega Man several times…I’m glad I’m not pop culturally lactose intolerance…I like cheese. 😉

      Zerbe is always an interesting presence on the screen…and the actor was in a sequel to In the Heat of the Night, coincidentally.

      We got eight, but we already owned some of the others. 🙂 Eight proven titles for under $8…not a bad day. 🙂

  2. kutyaruntheworld Says:

    wow! Thanks for info. I don´t know about Kindle Daily Deal before!

  3. kutyaruntheworld Says:

    Thanks for info. I don´t know about Kindle Daily Deal before. It´s good to know 🙂

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, kutyaruntheworld!

      I do check the Kindle Daily Deal every day, although I rarely actually get it. When I do, though, it’s been a real bargain for something I did want. This may really step up after the Agency Model legal action is settled…that could mean we could see more books from big publishers in the KDD.

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