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Book/movie recommendations with similar feel as A Prayer for Owen Meany?

Looking for books or movies (fiction) that have a character who is "different" in that they have been prepared (perhaps "predestined"?) to fulfill a purpose that is often misunderstood or ignored by others. They may intuitively know about this purpose from the start, or it might be slowly revealed to them, or it only comes together at the sentinel event; as a result, they may have some quality of "otherness" (as best I can describe it). Some examples below the fold. [more inside]
posted by sealee on May 28, 2014 - 25 answers

Cultural Literacy 101

For a friend: Say someone wants to develop a working sense of modern-day cultural literacy in the United States. This person has very limited knowledge of current events, and has limited himself to only a very narrow scope of popular entertainment. He now wishes to be able to converse about these topics with reasonably savvy adults (such as in dating scenarios and social gatherings). Can you provide sources of information for the following? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Apr 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and weird fiction from Central/Eastern Europe?

What are the best sci-fi, horror, and fantasy books, movies, and comics from Central and Eastern Europe? "Best" includes both the finest and also the most popularly influential, as well as both pro- and anti-communist material, as well as both past and contemporary work. Bonus points for such fiction from the former Yugoslavia! [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Movie suggestions please.

I want to show a movie to a group of 15-16 year olds after we've finished reading Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian". [more inside]
posted by figaro on Jan 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Books (or documentaries) to teach me to watch films intelligently?

I want to learn how to watch movies with more of a critical eye. I want to know what to pay attention to - technically, narratively, and so on -- and how to judge these things, so I can better appreciate what's going on. I'm looking for books or maybe documentaries that will help me do this. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 18, 2014 - 12 answers

"A situation where contact with the outside world has been severed..."

TVTropes describes the trope of the closed circle: "A stock plot designed to force the characters or players to stay in a location and get involved in the adventure... and not be able to leave until it's done." Familiar, right? I am looking for examples of novels that employ this trope, but with a twist: the primary crime they're trying to solve took place in the past, before they were enclosed in the circle. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jan 15, 2014 - 18 answers

Robots in fiction for a high school audience

What are some short stories, books and movies that feature robots or artificial intelligence in prominent roles? Looking for accessible conversation starters; could be classic sci-fi or more contemporary stuff. This is for a high school class of students with a wide range of English skills and cultural backgrounds. We'd like to come up with a list that would have something appealing for everyone, and would be appropriate for a school setting. [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jan 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Learn me about the past.

History Buffs of MeFi: Please share your most favorite, most compelling sources. Movies, books, graphic novels, fiction - everything is fair game. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Dec 17, 2013 - 24 answers

The Gothic Industrial

Please recommend movies, books and video games that feature broken-down factories, derelict space-age laboratories, and modern ruins of all kinds as a primary setting. If there's something supernatural going on in there, so much the better. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

Fiction featuring Thanksgiving gatherings?

What are some examples of works of fiction (e.g. novels, movies) that feature a Thanksgiving family gathering as a major plot element? [more inside]
posted by Asparagus on Nov 30, 2013 - 21 answers

Distractions from sadness

I'm going through a heavy streak of sadness (seasonal change/life issues/past issues) along with some extreme fatigue. I'm looking for engaging distractions that make the really bad days bearable. Books/TV/Movies, etc. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 16, 2013 - 46 answers

Mid 20th Century American Culture Recommendations

I am interested in the time period right before WWII (late 30's) up to the Counterculture (Mid 60's). I would like some cultural recommendations from that period. I am interested in books (fiction and nonfiction), movies, tv shows, and music that was either created in that time period or takes place in that time period. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
posted by R.F.Simpson on Aug 27, 2013 - 29 answers

Books or movies like Dark Souls?

Along with a friend, I have been immersed in Dark Souls for over 100 hours the past couple weeks. Although we still have much ground to cover, we're obsessed with the beautiful world, tone and feel created by this game. Are there any movies or books that capture this? Don't know what Dark Souls is like? Explanation has lots of detail! [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jul 25, 2013 - 17 answers

if i liked the movie l'avventura, what books will i like?

i really like the slow/subtle treatment of ennui/cultureshock/different manifestations of love/and the engaging "nonplot"
posted by sawyerrrr on Jun 25, 2013 - 8 answers

What book series will be turned into movies/TV shows?

A coworker wanted to know what the next book series to be made into TV shows/movies are so he can get ahead of the curve. I have some ideas, but I'm looking for more. [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Jun 2, 2013 - 20 answers

Good Media Catalog App for Iphone

When I finish a book or a movie, I like to write down my thoughts about it, and I'm looking for an iPhone app to organize my reading and watching notes. My particular picky bookworm/filmgeek requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Books/Movies about soulmates finding each other in each lifetime?

Books/Movies about soulmates finding each other in each lifetime? I have some vague memories about at least one book or movie that centered around a couple, soul mates who kept having to re-find each other over and over in multiple different lifetimes. Ringing any bells? I know Cloud Atlas is a tiny bit like that, but it was much longer ago than that. Also, suggestions of books/movies along similar lines? Tried searching but maybe I searched the wrong terms. Thanks in advance!
posted by bluesky78987 on Mar 24, 2013 - 30 answers

Suggest me some great (but not overt) combinations to read together.

Last week I read David Foster Wallace's "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" (thanks to this FPP), while in the middle of reading Moby Dick. I found them resonating together so well: the high tragedy mixed with low comedy, the elaborate descriptive asides, the playing with formatting, the casual authorial self-hatred, the obsession with morality, to say nothing of the mechanics of the ship and the sea. All this without a single over reference back to Melville. What are some other great co-reads (or movies/TV/opera/album/etc.) to get that enriching resonance? Subtle is good: think tone, theme, shape more than plot or character. If you've caught Laurence Weschler's McSweeney's series of Convergences (published in book form here), that's more what I mean. The reader/viewer makes the connections without being led by the author (So, for instance, King Lear & Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres are too overtly linked). Bonus points for something that goes well with Cloud Atlas (the book, not the movie).
posted by rikschell on Feb 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Spoiler filter - novels/scripts where the protagonist was in a coma/dead

Spoiler filter - novels/scripts where the protagonist was in a coma/dead (etc) the whole time? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Jan 18, 2013 - 46 answers

What Was That Book?

Help me remember this relatively recent story (movie? book?) a friend recommended to me. Vague details ahead! [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Nov 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Books that are like a movie...

Asking for a friend: "I'm looking for the equivalent of American Beauty the movie in a book. Any suggestions?" [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Oct 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Amicable Break Up CinemaTherapy (and BiblioTherapy)

I am looking for book and movie titles for stories (fictional or not) which show amicable break ups. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Oct 6, 2012 - 31 answers

Inquest Magazine 100 Books and 100 Movies lists

Sometime before the summer of 2000, Inquest Gamer magazine (the collectible card game/role-playing game offshoot of Wizard, originally just called Inquest) ran a pair of articles listing 100 movies you should watch and 100 books you should read in order to improve your DMing ability. I'd like to read those lists again. Does anyone know which issues had them? [more inside]
posted by themanwho on Oct 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Stories about affairs?

Searching for stories about infidelity. Specifically, stories about emotionally-involved affairs (not one night stands) where one party in the affair is married or in a long-term relationship and the other is single. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Sep 15, 2012 - 22 answers

Recommend me a last.fm-style website for movies, books, and TV shows.

Is there a last.fm-esque website for movies? I want something that allows me to keep track of what I've watched (really, any media tracking website) [more inside]
posted by apip on Aug 9, 2012 - 10 answers

How A went from thinking B to C

Please recommend stories about mental battles. Specifically, people overcoming deep-seated fears or beliefs. [more inside]
posted by fix on May 3, 2012 - 7 answers

help me find this movie about banned books

moviefilter question: a film from probably the 80's. it takes place at a medieval university, i believe. a new initiate is taken to a hidden room, where the monks/professors/whatever they are have kept copies of all the texts that have been banned by the church or the powers that be. any ideas?
posted by camdan on Apr 21, 2012 - 7 answers

I will never be Frida Kahlo .. but a girl can dream

In my fantasy life, I move to a remote area of the United States (like somewhere in New Mexico), buy a small home with a garden for tomatoes and herbs, wear long dresses, buy a faithful dog for a companion, write novels and take gorgeous, brooding young men for lovers. Please recommend to me some books with characters (real or fictional) who have lived this life.
posted by nubianinthedesert on Apr 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Where can I buy high Vietnamese sub-titled books and movies (with delivery to Australia)?

Where can I buy high Vietnamese sub-titled books and movies (with delivery to Australia)? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito on Feb 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Writing, etc., about gulfs between cultures?

Looking for good depictions of people or characters with truly foreign, alien, or mutually irreconcilable views of the world. [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Fiction Novel with the most screen / theatre adaptations made from it?

Excluding the Bible (which depending on your point of view is not a fictional tome) what book has (to date) had the most screen / theatre adaptations made from it? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Jan 23, 2012 - 27 answers

Media depictions of empathy?

Film and literature that depict empathy (or lack of) between adults? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Dec 31, 2011 - 38 answers

What are some non-fiction movies and books about people driven by an obsession?

What are some non-fiction movies and books about people driven by an obsession? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Oct 26, 2011 - 23 answers

Accurate portrayals of the CIA in fiction

What fiction-genre books/movies are the most accurate in their depiction of the CIA and/or CIA-related activities?
posted by KChasm on Oct 25, 2011 - 9 answers

I already know how it ends

I'm really good at predicting the end of most movies and books. I easily see foreshadowing, symbolism, and archetypes. How can I parlay this skill into a creative job? [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Oct 2, 2011 - 27 answers

I like my protagonists teenage and depressed.

I'm looking for novels or movies that feature teenage protagonists suffering from depression, schizoid tendencies or similar psychological defects. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Sep 9, 2011 - 48 answers

Recommend books and films with a medieval setting.

Help me find books and films with a medieval setting. [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Aug 24, 2011 - 44 answers

Scary stories about dreading a place then going there?

The story builds dread about a certain location throughout the narrative and climaxes with the protagonist going there. Please recommend more scary movies and books like this! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Jun 29, 2011 - 32 answers

Men: Which books or movies have resonated with your private inner thoughts or feelings?

Question for men: Which books or movies have resonated with your private inner thoughts or feelings? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Jun 20, 2011 - 94 answers

Recommendations: The "I Will Survive" Edition

I'm looking for book and/or movie recommendations that portray survival during the (emotional) worst case scenario that in reality, isn't all that bad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2011 - 18 answers

Sentimental comedies

Looking for TV shows, books, and movies where a smart, sharp comedic sensibility masks a deeply sentimental core. [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Mar 15, 2011 - 47 answers

Do you remember this movie I can't remember?

I remember seeing a movie as a kid and I'd like to see it again but I don't know what it was called or who was in it. [more inside]
posted by notmydesk on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

This book may only exist in my head.

I'm looking for the title of a book about sci-fi film from my youth. [more inside]
posted by Cassilda on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Movies and books to expand vocabulary

In what English movies or books would I most likely be exposed to new words? Any genre and time-period.
posted by keith0718 on Feb 3, 2011 - 34 answers

Eureka! Or not.

Help me learn how to read and watch movies critically/more deeply. [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Feb 3, 2011 - 25 answers

Recommend space-station-based books and shows?

Science fiction books and shows about what goes on inside space stations or ships? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jan 13, 2011 - 39 answers

Better than the book!

What great movies (or TV shows) did you find to be infinitely better than the book on which they were based? [more inside]
posted by Sidhedevil on Dec 27, 2010 - 93 answers

Great books that inspired great movies?

This weekend, I saw True Grit. I loved it so much that I bought the book. The book is fantastic. (Why is this not considered a classic?) I'd love to discover other books that have been eclipsed by the film adaptation, but which deserve attention in their own right — books like True Grit, Cool Hand Luke, To Kill a Mockingbird (okay, everyone knows that's a good book), and so on. Help me find great (but lesser-known) books that have inspired great (and well-known) movies.
posted by jdroth on Dec 27, 2010 - 92 answers

Speech Therapy enthousiasts, Help !

I am looking for movie / book ressources that broach topics related to Speech therapy as well as speech /writing difficulties, that would be available to anyone (i.e not necessarily professional ressources, though they could be useful). Thanks so much [more inside]
posted by Jireel on Dec 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Pick me up!

Cheer me up, mefites! I need a good laugh. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Nov 29, 2010 - 73 answers

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