Friday, November 09, 2012

From Books To Films

I love when I read really great news. Such was the case last week on two different days. There are a feww books that played a major part in my upbringing. They altered me in some way. Those books stayed with me from the moment I finished them. Omar Tyree's "Flyy Girl" is one of those books. It has to be one of my favorite books growing up. It was released when I was a freshmen in high school. I was enthralled with this book. The main character Tracy was like so many girls I knew. She was a relatable character. I always pulled for her while reading it. I've read this book at least 8 times. I was very excited to read that it has been greenlit for a film. It's a wonderful story that all young girls need to know. Tyree has written two follow-up books about Tracy as an adult. I am curious to see what the powers that be are going to do with this material. Cannot wait to see this book brought to life on a big screen.

Another book I love is Zane's "Addicted." It is being made into a movie by Lionsgate. Boris Kodjoe and Sharon Leal are already attached to star in this film. If you are unfamiliar with Zane's work, you need to get into her. She is a Black woman who writes erotica for and about Black and Brown folks. Her books like "Nervous," "Skyscrapper," "Sex Chronicles," and "The Sisters of APF," are all great erotica novels. I am very curious to see how much of the sex scenes will make the movie. They are essentially a character in all of her books. "Addicted" is about a married woman who has a severe and dangerous sex addiction. Her life is truly page turning. This has the potential to be a huge hit. I will be there early to see this one. As a reader, I am always cautious of my favorite books being turned into movies. I am, however, optimistic. I am always excited to see Black people on the big screen, especially when the material is good.