And yet, his books beg to be turned into chick flicks. Why is that?
It’s because Hornby’s male type specimen is clueless and immature, but ripening on his tree, waiting for life’s storms to blow him into the lap of the right woman. What Jane Austen did for the well-educated but fiercely independent young woman of the 1800s, Hornby does for the well-intentioned but fiercely uncommitted young dude of our times.
So, in honor of all the lists that glue the “High Fidelity” story together, here’s our list of Hornby books-turned-movies:
1. High Fidelity (2000) This is Hornby’s best book and the best movie made from one – despite the fact that the movie transfers the story from England to the United States. John Cusack worked obsessively on the music, picking 70 songs from thousands of options – in the process doing a good version of his music-obsessive character, Rob Gordon. Among the great scenes: an imaginary conversation with Bruce Springsteen, Rob’s reluctance to profit on another’s misery when a wronged wife tries to give him a priceless record collection and Rob's failed effort to duck behind a hedge in the rain – which leads to an odd romantic encounter with his ex. I could talk about this film all day.