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Have you ever seen a movie after reading the book? Or have you ever read a book after seeing a movie? Did you find you have a preference to which to do first? Or, perhaps you found one more satisfying than the other? I’ve seen a number of movies where I’ve read the book first (Harry Potters, for example). When it came to each, while I loved the movies I found the book more satisfying.
A popular book titled “Where’d You Go Bernadette” inspired a movie that is soon to be released. I haven’t read the book. The synopsis of the book, found on Amazon, reads as follows.
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom.
Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.
The movie has some well known names attached.
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoe Chao and Laurence Fishburne
Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Screenplay by Richard Linklater & Holly Gent & Vince Palmo
Based on the novel written by Maria Semple
Producers: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Ginger Sledge
Executive Producers: Megan Ellison, Jillian Longnecker
The movie’s synopsis reads:
Based on the runaway bestseller, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.
Here’s the trailer for Where’s You Go, Bernadette.
Have you read the book? Are you planning on seeing the movie?
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE – IN THEATERS AUGUST 16