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October 27, 2012

Weekend Reviews: The book is usually better than the movie

There are always a few movies out that have been adapted from a book into a film in order to make as much of a profit as possible out of the story. 

Fortunately, some such movies this year are actually really interesting and influential books in their own right, and with any luck, the movies will do those books justice.

For instance, Jack Keruoac’s novel “On the Road” has been made into a new film starring Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty, Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, and Kristen Stewart as Marylou. The film features an all-star cast, with Amy Adams of “Mad Men,” Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortenson, Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire” and Terrence Howard all making appearances as well.   

Keruoac first had the idea for the novel during the 1940s, after the end of World War II. The book follows the story of Paradise, Moriarty and their friends as they take a road trip across America during the early 1950s.

The book is well-known as being one of the most prominent works of the Beat Generation, which was a group of post-war American writers who documented their experimentation with drugs, sexuality and a rejection of materialism. This group later contributed some of its culture, such as the ideas of non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, into the hippie counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s. 

The film is set to be released on Dec. 21, and I know I am truly excited to see it. However, I just hope that it is true to the unique storyline of “On the Road” and remembers how influential of a book it is. 

I may also just be nervous because Kristen Stewart is in the movie, and I can’t seem to get the bad taste of the “Twilight” saga out of my mouth no matter how much I’d like to forget those movies.

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