Books, movies, games, Oscars, Tonys, Broadway...seems to me we need a solid knowledge of books to truly enjoy all the facets of modern media, because so many other forms of media spring from books--great books (Anna Karenina), popular books (Life of Pi), and infamous books (Fifty Shades of Grey). My problem? I just don't really like any of those books! There are books for all tastes, of course, but not all books are for all tastes. What's the "best" book you can't stand?


Having just seen the 2012 Les Mis film with Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway, I realized I need to read the book! And then to read and see the latest version of Anna Karenina as well. There's nothing like a sweeping 19th-century epic to escape from mid-winter doldrums. Recent years have seen some amazing book-to-movie productions--and some not so great ones: To round out the top five, here are three more of the big book-to-films of 2012. And a bonus "five": did you know the Hugh Jackman version is at least the fifth movie version of Hugo's book? 

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