A Book that is Also a Movie


From Mary Jo: 

I have a love/hate relationship with books and movie – I love both mediums, but rarely do I love both the book and the movie (notable exception: To Kill a Mockingbird). So I decided to put a spin on the reading prompt and found a book about the movies.

The Girls in the Picture is about the early days of Hollywood when silent films were on the way out and talkies on their way in, and the “girls” are actress Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion. I knew a bit about Mary Pickford, of course, but I had no idea that Frances was the most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century.

This novel tells about the emerging male-dominated film industry through the close friendship and interactions between the two women. It could be a story out of Hollywood today – women fighting to have a seat at the table, to have respect from their industry peers, to have control of their career choices, and to find work/life balance. Although it took me awhile to finish this book, I enjoyed it.

Every time I was on a plane, I saw people reading this book. When I heard that it would be released as a movie (it’s now out), I had to read it before seeing the movie (I still haven’t seen the movie).

The book plays on every possible stereotype of the wealthy in Hong Kong. Every. Single. One. It was funny and over-the-top, often in what seemed like a politically incorrect way, and I bounced between laughing and outrage.