Nora Ephron had a close relationship with books. She wrote bestselling essay collections, including "I Feel Bad About My Neck", "Crazy Salad" as well as the novel "Heartburn" (later turned into a movie). She also shared a piece of delicious gossip about Philip Roth in "I Feel Bad About My Neck":
"Her friend Jane... had a one-night stand, long ago, with the then "up-and-coming" writer. He gave Jane a copy of his latest book. 'Take one on your way out,' he said. Conveniently, there was a box of them by the front door."
Books are also featured in some of her best-known movies. Here's a quick round-up of some of our favorite Nora+Books movie moments.
"You've Got Mail" (screenplay)
The relationship itself between Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet -esque (they actually have a conversation about Mr. Darcy And Ms. Bennet in the film). Joe Fox runs a chain of big bookstores called Fox Books (think Borders or Barnes & Noble), while Kathleen runs an independent bookstore, The Shop Around the Corner. They fall for each other over the Internet, not knowing one another's true identities (oh the star crossed lovers....we're even seeing Romeo & Juliet comparisons here). They meet in person at a publishing party, not realizing that they already know each other on the Internet. Kathleen begins a media war, boycotting Fox Books, which has just opened shop fairly close to her own bookstore. Despite her efforts, her indie bookstore goes out of business (hmm...this sounds a lot like what's happening in the real world). BASICALLY, this whole movie is about books and publishing!
This is My Life (screenplay)
This movie about a stand-up comedian doesn't contain many books, but the agent Arnold Moss (Dan Aykroyd) does have a habit of eating paper, so a book would have been a tasty meal.
"When Harry Met Sally" (screenplay)
The fated couple meets (for the third time) in a bookstore, and the soundtrack contains the song "I Could Write a Book."
"Julie & Julia" (screenplay)
Although "Julie and Julia" is a movie based on a blog, the blog that it's based on is based on a book. Sounds like a mouthful, right? A disgruntled writer, Julie Powell, decides to make every recipe in Julia Child's book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and to catalog her experiences through blogging. This plot is intertwined with Julia's experiences in Paris in the 50s. Both women decide to write books about their cooking forays, and are ultimately successful in securing publishing deals.