Today’s KDD: Love the Movie? Read the Book ($2.99 or less each)

Today’s KDD: Love the Movie? Read the Book ($2.99 or less each)

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is any of eighteen books on which  movies have been based for $2.99 or less each.

Well, Amazon has fudged that a bit by including more than one book for the same movie.🙂

There are also many other books on which movies have been based which are available at Amazon…large numbers of them for free (public domain titles, like Dracula, Moby Dick, and so on).

Still, this is an interesting set.

The fact that a movie was made from a book does say something about it.

Even though the movie may be significantly different from the book (and that can be a good or bad thing), there is still something in the book that got people to put money into an adaptation.

Let’s take a look at the options in this sale…remember to check the price before you click or tap that Buy button. Prices are for today, and may not apply in your country.

Life of Pi
Yann Martel
4.3 out of 5 stars | 6,020 customer reviews
Movie: Life of Pi (2012)
Oscar wins (I presume this sale is to tie into the Oscars tomorrow): Directing; Cinematography; Score; Visual Effects
Additional Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Adapted Screenplay; Editing; Sound Mixing; Sound Editing; Original Song; Production Design
Available as part of Kindle Unlimited

The Princess Bride
by William Goldman
4.5 stars | 1380 reviews
Movie: The Princess Bride (1987)
Oscar wins: none
Additional Oscar nominations: Best Score
Available as part of Kindle Unlimited

All the King’s Men
by Robert Penn Warren
4.3 stars | 328 reviews
Movie: All the King’s Men (1949)
Oscar wins: Best Picture; Best Actor; Best Actress
Additional Oscar nominations: Supporting Actor; Director; Writing; Editing
Movie (2): All the King’s Men (2006)
Oscar wins: none
Additional Oscar nominations: none
Available as part of Kindle Unlimited

The Post Office Girl
by Stefan Zweig
4.3 stars, 61 reviews
Movie: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Oscar wins: not known at time of writing (nominated this year)
Additional Oscar nominations: Best Picture; Directing; Original Screenplay; Cinematography; Editing; Production Design; Costumes; Hair and Makeup; Score

Beware of Pity
by Stefan Zweig
4.6 stars, 72 reviews
For all movie information, see immediately above

On the Waterfront
by Budd Schulberg
3.8 stars | 6 reviews
Movie: On the Waterfront (1954)
Oscar wins: Best Picture; Best Actor; Best Actress; Directing; Writing; Cinematography; Art Direction; Editing
Additional Oscar nominations: Support Actor (three nominations: Karl Malden, Rod Steiger; Lee J. Cobb); Score

How to Train Your Dragon (11 books in the series, priced individually)
by Cressida Cowell
First book: 4.4 stars | 250 reviews
Movie: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Oscar wins: none
Additional Oscar nominations; Animated Feature; Score
Movie: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Oscar wins: too soon to tell (nominated this year)
Additional Oscar nominations: Animated Feature

The Boxtrolls
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Note: this is not the book credited as the source of the movie…that’s Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow
4.8 stars | 10 reviews
Movie: The Boxtrolls
Oscar wins: too soon to tell (nominated this year)
Additional Oscar nominations: Animated Feature

For more books on which 2015 Oscar nominated movies were based, see

2015 Read the Oscar nominees

The polls are still open (through today) for

2015 BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness)

but this is where we stand right now on our group predictions for this year’s Adapted Screenplay Oscar:

  1. The Imitation Game (Graham Moore): 76% chance
  2. The Theory of Everything (Anthony McCarten): 73% chance
  3. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle): 60% chance
  4. American Sniper (Jason Hall): 47% chance
  5. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson): 44% chance

Don’t like the group’s predictions? There is still to play in this free game!😉

What do you think? What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book? Is there a movie you think was better than the book? What book do you still think should be made into a movie which hasn’t been? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

2 Responses to “Today’s KDD: Love the Movie? Read the Book ($2.99 or less each)”

  1. mdadoor Says:

    My favorite book to movie adaptation is, of course, To Kill A Mocking Bird. Both the book and the movie are equally wonderful. I am waiting for Defending Jacob to be adapted. Marianne

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    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Marianne!

      Defending Jacob has been optioned, with Steve Kloves (Harry Potter) reportedly directing and co-writing. No release date yet…

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