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Feb 12

Read the books behind the Oscar nominees!

Six of the nine Oscar nominations for Best Picture are based on books. Many people believe movie adaptations are always inferior to their source material—novel, short story, memoir, etc. But in the case of the Oscars, it’s more likely the movie is just as good or better. Enjoy both the book and Oscar nominated movie adaptations on a top rated tablet or one of the cheapest E-Readers. Here’s the breakdown on the general plot and whether it changes from book to movie, so you’ll know whether you want to watch one or the other or both on your tablet, E-reader, or iPhone.

1) The Descendants:

Filmmaker Alexander Payne met the author of The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings, and gave her an integral part in the film adaption of her book. She reviewed casting, costumes, props, and in-depth character discussions. She even played a small speaking part as the secretary in a scene with George Clooney. Payne encouraged her to come to set every day. Thus, the film is a faithful adaption of the novel The Descendants and it’s even more detail-rich and thanks to Kaui’s contributions. Enjoy both on a tablet that gives you stunning picture quality and plenty of reading light like the ASUS TF101.


Financial, sports, and economics writer Michael Lewis, who also wrote the source material of the movie Blind Side, has written a second nonfiction sports novel to generate Best Picture movie adaptation in just three years. He clearly has a knack for it. Moneyball is a book that focuses on statistics, charts, and analysis of The Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season.

The movie makes a character out of the book’s central figure, general manager Billy Beane, and emphasizes Beane’s efforts to put together a competitive baseball team. Screenwriter Steven Soderbergh assures, “We have a way of making it visual and funny so you don’t realize how much information is being thrown at you.” It sounds to me like the ideal way to experience Moneyball is to get engaged with the movie first and then read the statistical book afterwards to gain further perspective. Read the book, watch the movie, and review baseball plays on the bang-for-you-buck tablet or cheapest E-Readers  such as the Sony S1 available in 16 or 32 GB.

3) Tinker Tailor Solider Spy:

Hailed as the best spy novel ever, this plot-ridden, roller-coaster book expertly builds anticipation, offers plenty of twists, and engages throughout. John le Carré’s 1974 spy novel centers on a retired intelligence expert called back to the Secret Intelligence Service to investigate a Soviet mole. A British television mini-series initially adapted the novel, but then Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, best known for Let The Right One In, signed on to direct the Oscar-nominated film. Nothing makes an 8-hour plane ride fly by like a fast-paced, plot-based spy novel and film, so enjoy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on the cheapest E-Reader with an 8-hour battery like this one.

What’s your favorite Oscar-nominee based on a book this year? Any year? Which one will win for “Best Writing Adaption” this year? Tell us below!

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