The Rum Diary

Famous for his dangling cigarette, excessive drinking habits, intense lifestyle and phenomenal writing, Hunter S. Thompson was one of the most respected journalists of our time.  His edgy stories appeared in various publications and his autobiographical novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was immortalized by Johnny Depp in the 1998 film based on the book.

Now, even years after Thompson took his own life, his books are still impacting our society.  His novel The Rum Diary was written in the sixties, though only published many years later.  Though the novel is labeled as a fictitious account of a man named Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist, thrust into a word of corruption and deceit after meeting a mysterious and seductive woman, Thompson never wrote without a little hint of himself.

Last Friday, the film adaptation of The Rum Diary was released into theatres.  Johnny Depp once again plays the protagonist, dishing out a stunning tribute to Thompson and his work.

Now, as book lovers, we all know the cardinal rule: read the book before the movie!  The new movie tie-in edition is now in stores with a handsome Depp on the cover.  Read, laugh, pick your jaw up off the floor and head to see the film adaptation.  Once you do, comment and let me know what you thought!