Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Four of Quentin Tarantino's favorite books

Quentin Tarantino began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992, which was in part funded by money from the sale of his screenplay True Romance (1993).

His second film, Pulp Fiction (1994), was a major success among critics and audiences and won him numerous awards, including the Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Subsequent film sinclude Jackie Brown (1997), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and Django Unchained (2012).

His most recent film is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). It received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt) and Best Production Design. It also won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Pitt) at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.

Tarantino's first book is a novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

At Lit Hub Vanessa Willoughby shared four of the writer-director's favorite books, including:
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer

Percy’s portrait of a New Orleans cinephile won the 1962 National Book Award and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Best English-Language Novels. The narrative centers on a young stockbroker named Binx Bolling, who searches for meaning beyond the materialistic, aimless, consumerist landscape of 1950s America. Terrence Malick adapted the script in the 1980s, but the project never came to fruition.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Moviegoer is among Stewart O'Nan's six favorite fiction books that feature real-life characters, Ron Rash's six favorite Southern fiction books, The Barnes & Noble Review's five top books on New Orleans, Jon Krakauer's five best books about mortality and existential angst, and Richard Ford's 5 most essential books.

--Marshal Zeringue