It’s so much easier to watch a two hour movie than to read a 300-page book. Thankfully, the most raved about novel of 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey is finally coming to the big screen next year on Valentine’s Day. For those of you who haven’t read the sex-crazed book, you’ll be able to see what the hype is about.
Like Fifty Shades of Grey, some great memoirs/books have been compiled into documentaries, but a lot of stories, fiction and non-fiction, have yet to be given a chance on the big screen. Here are some great books that you may or may not have read that deserve a chance in Hollywood.
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The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
It’s a Brooklyn tale about Winter Santiaga, a teenager from the hood who’s father runs a drug-dealing cartel. The story chronicles the declination of her father’s empire and Winter’s life as she hustles to stay on top.
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The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
A collection of Tupac Shakur’s best writing and poetry.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The story is about a young girl named Pecola who’s physical appearance leads to her feeling inferior.
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
Maleeka struggles with identity crisis and low self esteem about her hand-me-down clothes, being a nerd and her dark skin.
Assata Shakur Autobiography
The autobiography of Assata Shakur chronicles her life as a black panther and her journey to freedom.
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois
A novel about growing up in a world divided by color lines. He recalls slavery and segregation of blacks.
A Child Called It by David Pelzer
David Pelzer has a crazy story to tell about his life growing up in a not-so-loving home. The stories gives us insight on the physical and mental abuse that he endured as a child.
The Color of Water by James McBride
James McBride is a black man who was raised by his white single mother. The story chronicles his life growing up under these circumstances.
Slam by Walter Dean Myers
Greg “Slam” Harris is a Harlem high school basketball star with dreams of making it to the pros. With bad grades and temper issues the 17-year-old struggles to stay afloat his senior year.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
After being raped at a party, a girl is afraid to speak of the tragedy that she endured on what was supposed to be a fun night.
Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper
Keisha Montgomery is still recovering from her ex-boyfriend’s suicide when she falls into a sticky situation involving her track coach who happens to be the principal’s son.
Fly Girl by Omar Tyree
Tracey Ellison is a young girl living the fast life and obsessed with material things. Tracey begins to examine her life, her goals and her sexuality after heartbreak.