Movies have a bookish vibe this year.
This year’s films centered on works from literary giants. But here’s a book/movie connection we’ve not yet pondered: Beasts of the Southern Wild seems wildly influenced by Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” Both have young, strong-willed protagonists and feature fantastical creatures. And both understand there’s nothing trivial about growing up.
As we know, Max meets wild things who roar and gnash their teeth, but he tames them by staring straight into their eyes. Beast’s Hushpuppy is confronted with a hurricane that unleashes ancient beasts that hunt for her. Yet, when they find her, she conquers them with an unwavering glare.
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