The Golden Globe nominees have a heavy literary bent this year, with a large number of adaptations featured in the key categories. Just consider the two "best picture" categories, which draw from novels and non-fiction books that have topped the best-seller lists -- or, in some cases, were sleepers that will draw many more readers now. (I, for one, can't wait to read more about the historic background behind "Lincoln.") Here's a quick summary of some leading adaptations (and one movie tie-in):
In the "Picture, Drama" and "Picture, Musical or Comedy" categories:
-- ‘'Lincoln,’’ drawn from "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
-- ‘'Life of Pi,’’ the Yann Martel novel about spirituality.
-- ‘‘Argo,’’ drawn from Joshuah Bearman's article, "Escape from tehran." It also generated a tie-in, "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History," by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio.
-- ‘'Les Miserables," drawn from Victor Hugo's 19th century classic of revolution in Paris.
-- ‘‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’’ from Deborah Moggach's novel of the same name.
-- ‘'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,’’ from Paul Torday's novel.
-- ‘'Silver Linings Playbook.’’ from Matthew Quick's debut novel.