Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that books aren't important. I like books and have actually read one or two of them before. And yes, these books even had some big words in them and were not all pictures. I just get a little tired of so many awards being handed out all the time. It seems everywhere you turn there's another awards show. That's all. Nothing against books, ok? Anyway, the Quill Book Awards, held at the Museaum of Natural History for some reason that I can't quite put my finger on, focused this year mostly on Hollywood-themed books, with several of them winning top honors.
The big winner of the night was The Devil Wears Prada which won the first Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award. This award, which I assume is given for the best book-to-film adaptation, was presented to the book's author, Lauren Weisberger, both of the publishing companies and to the movie's Director, David Frankel. The publishers of the book and the director of the film get an award but the writer of the film, Aline Brosh McKenna, get's nothing? Sorry, but that's pretty lame. After all, it is a writing award, isn't it?
Even without the screenwriter, that's a lot of people and companies to win. I wonder if they each get an award or if they have to share. I know at the Oscars everyone who wins in a group gets to take home his or her very own gold statue. But this is not the Oscar's, its the Quill Book Awards. I'm willing to bet they're working with a slightly smaller budget. Well, if they do end up having to fight it out to see which one of them get to take home the statue, or whatever it is, my money's on the Devil.
Some of the other Hollywood-connected winners included the late Jim Henson, who won for his book It's Not Easy Being Green and Director (and occassional cross-dresser) Tyler Perry, who won two awards in the humor catagory including Book of the Year for Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings. Not being black, or a woman, I can only guess that having to take off earings is something bad. Very bad.