Book Blog – Likely Stories, from Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)
Booklist Online

Booklist Online: More than 130,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers - from the trusted experts at the American Library Association

| | | | | | | | | | |
Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online

Likely Stories

A Booklist Blog
Keir Graff and editors from Booklist's adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry

« »

Saturday, April 24, 2010 7:53 am
Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)
Posted by: David Pitt

So Sam Raimi is making a movie out of Dennis Lehane’s 2008 given-day1novel The Given Day. You know Raimi from the Spider-Man movies, the Evil Dead movies, and Darkman, but wait: you think of those as horror or fantasy movies, but all of them feature well-drawn characters and stories that revolve around the characters.

Raimi also did the character-driven A Simple Plan and For Love of the Game, so I’d say he has what it takes to do justice to the book. At least I hope he does. Lehane is a wonderful writer, and The Given Day, set in Boston during the police strike of 1919 , is rich in character and story — the kind of book you want somebody to make a movie out of, but only if they do it right.

There have been a few movies made out of Lehane’s novels. I had some things to say about the most recent, Shutter Island, and a couple of other movies before Reading the Screen switched from being a column to a series of blog posts.


Leave a Reply



© 2014 Booklist Online. Powered by WordPress.
Quoted material should be attributed to:
Keir Graff, Likely Stories (Booklist Online).




HOME | | AWARDS | GREAT READS | BLOGS | NEWSLETTERS | WEBINARS | MY ALERTS | MY LISTS | MY PROFILE | HELP | SUBSCRIBE
BOOKLIST PUBLICATIONS
American Library Association