Big Fish. Poster of the 2003 movie and cover of the 1998 book
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Big Fish
Daniel Wallace, 1998
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Tim Burton, 2003

At Will Bloom’s wedding party in 2000, his father Edward recalls the day Will was born, claiming he caught an enormous catfish using his wedding ring as bait. Edward, in spite of his illness, continues to tell the story of his life to Will and Joséphine.


Cape Fear. Poster of the 1991 movie and cover of the 1957 book, The Executioners
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The Executioners
John D. MacDonald, 1957
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Martin Scorsese, 1991

Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) is a lawyer living in North Carolina with his wife Leigh (Jessica Lange) and teenage daughter Danielle (Juliette Lewis). Unbeknownst to him, however, his former client is a naturally intelligent and single-minded psychopath; he learned how to read and studied law in prison, and even unsuccessfully appealed his own conviction several times.


The Vow. Poster of the 2012 movie and cover of the 2000 book
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The Vow
Kim Carpenter, Krickitt Carpenter, John R. Perry, 2000
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Michael Sucsy, 2012

Paige Collins and her husband Leo come out of a movie theater. Both of them are rushed to the emergency room, and as Leo, in a voice-over, talks about how moments of impact help in finding who we are the movie cuts to how Paige and Leo first met. She seeks evidence of the marriage.


A Streetcar Named Desire. Poster of the 1995 movie and cover of the 1947 book
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A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams, 1947
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Glenn Jordan, 1995

Blanche Dubois goes to visit her pregnant sister and husband Stanley in New Orleans. Stanley doesn’t like her, and starts pushing her for information on some property he know was left to the sisters. He discovers she has mortgaged the place and spent all the money, and wants to find out all he can about her. Even more friction develops between the two while they are in the apartment together.


Prozac Nation. Poster of the 2001 movie and cover of the 1994 book
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Prozac Nation
Elizabeth Wurtzel, 1994
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Erik Skjoldbjærg, 2001

Elizabeth Lizzie Wurtzel is a 19-year-old accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She begins a relationship with another student, Rafe, but after travelling to his home in Texas and discovering that his sister has an intellectual disability, Lizzie accuses Rafe of being’a creepy voyeur’ who gets off on witnessing the pain of others.


A Thousand Acres. Poster of the 1997 movie and cover of the 1991 book
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A Thousand Acres
Jane Smiley, 1991
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Jocelyn Moorhouse, 1997

Upon the retirement of an aging father, he bequeaths the prosperous family farm to his three daughters. However, this seemingly generous gesture sets off a chain reaction of explosive events that loom over the family, posing a threat to their unity and potentially tearing them apart forever.


Marlowe. Poster of the 2022 movie and cover of the 1939 book, The Big Sleep
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The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler, 1939
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Neil Jordan, 2022

Marlowe is charged with locating a gorgeous heiresses’ missing ex-lover in noir-LA of the late 1930s. He soon learns that a labyrinth of corruption lies beneath the missing man’s disappearance, placing him in the sights of some of the city’s wealthiest and most dangerous residents.


Marlowe. Poster of the 2022 movie and cover of the 2014 book, The Black-Eyed Blonde
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The Black-Eyed Blonde
Benjamin Black (John Banville), 2014
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Neil Jordan, 2022

Marlowe is charged with locating a gorgeous heiresses’ missing ex-lover in noir-LA of the late 1930s. He soon learns that a labyrinth of corruption lies beneath the missing man’s disappearance, placing him in the sights of some of the city’s wealthiest and most dangerous residents.