Books We Want Reese Witherspoon to Make Into Movies
Reese, you're our only hope!
10 Books That Need Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is many things: Academy Award winning actress, savvy business woman, and soon-to-be best selling author (we're sure of it!). After all, she is a voracious reader herself, constantly recommending a wide variety of books on social media.
It should come as no surprise that in 2016, she created her own media brand, Hello Sunshine, where she acquires the rights to books to potentially turn them into movies or TV shows.
Witherspoon is now synonymous with literature. She snags the rights to all the best books, some of which have yet to be published and turns them into award-winning entertainment.
In case you didn't know, she optioned the rights to a little book called Big Little Lies which HBO eventually created and went on to win big at all the awards shows. And while she reads and develops a variety of stories, they all share a common theme: women.
By featuring female authors as part of her Book Club or collaborating with women in the entertainment industry (Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, to name a few), Witherspoon has helped a female-centric literary world bleed into film and television.
With a rampant diversity shortage in Hollywood, Ms. Witherspoon is following Annie Lennox's wise words, "sisters are doing it for themselves."
How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat Marnell
Published by Simon & Schuster. Buy it here
I have been recommending this book since I finished in one sitting a few years ago. It's crazy, uncomfortable, and sad, but utterly addicting and very much worth the read. What makes it so great is that the protagonist (author, Cat Marnell) is imperfect. She struggles to create a life worth living and makes mistakes along the way. She deals with body image, alcohol and drug abuse, and self-love, some of which most audiences can relate to.
Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, the Woman Behind Cosmopolitan Magazine by Jennifer Scanlon
Published by Penguin Books Buy it here.
If you haven't heard of Helen Gurley Brown might I suggest picking up this biography? Gurley Brown revolutionized women's magazines with Cosmopolitan. Women were discussing taboo subjects on glossy pages, from sex to divorce. Gurley Brown adopted a "lipstick feminist" role in the publishing world and became a trailblazer. Her story should be seen on the big screen for girls around the world and who better than to take charge than a one, Ms. Witherspoon?
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
Published by Knopf. Buy it here
Nora Ephron was a talented writer, director, and producer. She wrote honestly, and with sharp wit, detailing the trials and tribulations of aging. She wrote about aging and beauty for an often forgotten demographic of women, the 40 plus crowd. Maybe Reese can tempt beloved director, Nancy Meyers into another collaboration.
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Published by Little, Brown and Company. Buy it here on August 7th.
Your jaw might be wide open while you read Beth Macy's "masterful work". There is a crisis in our country that no one is talking about. Through interviews, research, and discussion, Dopesick shines light on opioid addiction in the United States. Turning this book into a movie would reach more people and maybe evoke change in legislation.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Published by Scribner. Buy it here.
Anna Kerrigan works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard when the country is at war, and she holds a job that once belonged to men. While working she is reintroduced to a mysterious man from her past and questions resurface. With a female-centric story line riddled in mystery and suspense, Manhattan Beach would translate seamlessly to the big screen.
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
Published by St. Martin's Press. Buy it here.
"Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less."
Brittney Cooper explains the caricature of Black women's anger and how turning it into an ugly and destructive force threatens "civility" and the "social fabric of American democracy." To see Eloquent Rage turned into some larger force of media is necessary, so long as the creative process is held to a higher standard, one of inclusion and diversity. Hello Sunshine would need to include a wide variety of voices, specifically women of color.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Published by Ballantine Books. Buy it here.
Heartbreaking and shocking, Before We Were Yours is a New York Times bestselling novel, for good reason. Based on the true events of Georgia Tann, a director of a adoption organization who kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families, the story will captivate audiences instantly. And while "the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong."
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead -- My Life Story by Cecile Richards
Published by Touchstone. Buy it here.
Adding another badass lady to the list. Cecile Richards is an activist. From her early years in Texas to her time at Brown University and up until now, most recently as the former president of Planned Parenthood, Richards has been making trouble. Her life story is riveting and empowering. As women's rights are threatened daily, we need this story to make waves through the box office.
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado
Published by Graywolf Press. Buy it here.
Through three stories, Carmen Maria Machado "enlarges the possibilities of contemporary fiction." Machado shapes "startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies." Short stories rarely make the transition to the big screen and we think Her Body and Other Parties should dive head first to explore how literary creativity can make such a plunge.
All You Can Never Know by Nicole Chung
Published by Catapult. Buy it here on October 2nd.
Nicole Chung was put up for adoption by her Korean parents and raised in a white suburb of Oregon. But her identity as an Asian American came into focus and she had to understand the two worlds she was living. Audiences will relate to the struggle of fitting in and searching for belonging.