Did you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday, Savvy Readers? I may be a little biased, because Parasite is the best film I’ve seen in the last 5 or so years, but I have to say… not bad, Hollywood Foreign Press. Not bad at all. Since we all know that books are the best entertainment medium, here are some books to read based on all the wonderful Oscar winners!
There is a LOT to love about Parasite. I don’t want to give anything away (trust me, it’s much better to go into Parasite without knowing anything about it), but the heart of this film is the family that is at the centre of it. If you’re looking for another often-quirky, always-slightly-terrifying family comedy/drama/mystery (you’ll understand when you watch Parasite, I promise), look no further than Sadie Jones’s The Snakes or Kevin Wilson’s Nothing To See Here.
I don’t think it’s any secret that Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in Joker is one for the ages, and his best actor win was so well-deserved! If you were captivated by Arthur Fleck’s descent into madness and murder, you should check out John Douglas and Mark Olshaker‘s The Killer Across the Table. And, just for good measure because you never know who you’re dealing with, why not pick up a copy of The Power of Kindness while you’re at it?
Like Parasite, Jojo Rabbit is one of the best movies that I saw last year. It’s unique blend of humour and horror, a trademark of creator Taika Waititi, makes it as memorable as it is moving. If you want to dive further down the rabbit hole, why not try a haunting memoir from the perspective of a young girl coming to learn the true evils of the Nazi regime, or a brilliant, classic story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War?
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood expertly blends the swank, larger-than-life quality of Hollywood with the existential crisis of middle age and the sheer horror of a town soon to be in the shadow of one of the most notorious cult leaders of all-time. This means you can go one of two ways with this one. If you’re interested in the Charles Manson side of things, you should definitely check out Dianne Lake‘s Member of the Family. If you’re more interested in the old(ish) Hollywood side of the story, you do not want to miss Karina Longworth‘s Seduction.
1917 is an emotionally harrowing, frightening film, following two soldiers as they attempt – perhaps in vein – to travel across a battlefield to stop a separate unit from marching to their deaths. If you’re a war buff or simply can’t get enough of the real-life stories of war, you should definitely check out Ted Barris‘s Rush to Danger or David O’Keefe‘s Seven Days in Hell!
Loved Little Women? Try, well… Little Women!
Okay, this one is obvious… If you loved Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women, that means it’s time to (finally!) read Louisa May Alcott‘s Little Women. End of story.
Loved Ford V. Ferrari? Try The Art of Racing in the Rain!
Listen, I don’t know anything about cars, but I do know that Matt Damon and Christian Bale are both incredible actors and I also know that The Art of Racing in the Rain is an excellent, heartwarming story of an up-and-coming race car driver and his brilliant, lovely dog, so just roll with this one, okay?
Guided by the criminally underrated Adam Driver, the always-spectacular Scarlett Johansson, and written by the brilliant Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story is a heartbreaking story of, well, a marriage, through all of its trials and tribulations. If you’re looking for a bookish equivalent, look no further than Ann Patchett, a modern master of the domestic drama. While any of her books would fit the bill, we highly, highly recommend checking out either This is the Story of a Happy Marriage or Commonwealth!
Okay, yes, I know that Knives Out technically didn’t win anything, but, like Parasite and Jojo Rabbit, Knives Out was one of my favourite movies of the year and deserves some praise for breathing life into a dead genre – that is, the campy murder mystery. If you love twisty murder mysteries that keep you guessing until the very end with a fresh slice of humour and a whole lot of fun, look no further than the works of Anthony Horowitz. If you’re a murder mystery fan and haven’t read his novels already, what are you waiting for?! While we highly recommend The Sentence is Death, this series technically starts with The Word is Murder. If you’re looking for more of a citizen-detective-type story (think Psych or The Mentalist), then you’ll want to start with Magpie Murders.
That’s all we’ve got for you, Savvy Readers. Do you have any books to recommend based on this year’s Oscar winners? Did you agree or disagree with the Academy’s choices? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!