Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Literature that Inspires

The more recent film roles of Jonathan Rhys Meyers have been screenplays based around influential works of fiction, such as George Moore’s Albert Nobbs, from Celibate Lives, first printed in 1927, to Albert Cohen’s ‘Book of Love’ Belle du Seigneur, first published in Paris in 1968.

 So, given the importance that literature has played on the most recent film roles that have attracted the attention of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, in the last few weeks we asked Johnny to tell us what works of literature had inspired him; he very generously provided us with an extensive list of books that he regards as the most important in his collection.

As Jonathan Rhys Meyers gave us such a lengthy list to go through, covering a wide range of genres, we thought that we would share them with you all by publishing details about Johnny’s favourite books throughout the course of the next few weeks.

The first work of fiction to feature on Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ list is The Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by the American writer Cormac McCarthy, first published in 1985.  According to admirers of Cormack McCarthy’s literature, The Blood Meridian: “depicts the borderland between knowledge and power, between progress and dehumanization, between history and myth and, most importantly, between physical violence and the violence of language”.

From one fearsome American novelist to one recognised for his wit and satire, Samuel Clemens who wrote under the pseudonym of Mark Twain as the authorial first person narrator in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).  Recognised globally as the “Great American Novels”, both were selected by Jonathan Rhys Meyers as two of his all-time favourite books.

And probably the most subversive of all the American literary writers that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has chosen, included on his list of all time great works of fiction, are the entire works of Hunter Stockton Thompson.  Better known as Hunter S. Thompson, an American journalist, credited with the inception of gonzo journalism, Thomson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, as well as writing The Rum Diary (1998) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971) perhaps most famous because of the 1998 film adaptation starring Johnny Depp.

So, if you want to know more about what really makes Jonathan Rhys Meyers tick, get down to your local library, and get reading.

Over the course of this week we’ll be publishing the details of even more books that have inspired Johnny, so keep an eye on this site for more from Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ eclectic bookshelf.

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9 thoughts on “Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Literature that Inspires

  1. Of course. it’s really exciting reading! My fave is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  2. Laurie says:

    You have a very deep soul that has an ecclectic area in literature. I find that inspiring and having a very large intellectual mind.

  3. Iris Engelhardt says:

    Thank you so much. Iris

  4. Iris Engelhardt says:

    This really is an inspiration to read. Thank you so much.
    Sure to be treated respectfully. Let me start reading … and give feedback … ?
    If you continue which I hope you do, it will be expected with joy and interest.
    Don’t stop, please.
    Is this page really known to your fans? It is wonderful !
    To give something back: My all time favorite. Jack London’s “Martin Eden”.

  5. Iris Engelhardt says:

    Thank you very much for inspiring us! Shall start with “Albert Nobbs”. Iris

  6. wickee says:


    I have a question for you. 🙂
    Is Jonny using this Twitter account personally or not?!/JRM_official

    Thanks for the answer!

    • soulprojekt says:

      well jonny himself supposedly has said he “never has & never will have” a twitter account…….”i am completely twittless!”

      he has also been told about this supposed account & has reported it……..

      believe what you want i guess……

  7. Iris Engelhardt says:

    On “Albert Nobbs”
    The story of “Albert Nobbs” although bitter and heart-breaking is wonderful to read. Wonderful in the sense of “full of wonders” and “comfortable, nice, beautiful” makes me as a reader enjoy the way the story is told because it is never depressing yet makes me wonder about human’s capacity and will to survive if only “life” means that it is “no life at all”. It touched me very much. It tells the deprivation and self-suppression of a young woman in Dublin’s early 20th century, her “awakening” with an understanding grown-up on her side when she is older and is able to feel both her deprivation (+possible sexual abusive experiences) of the past and develop new perspectives which at an early age was not possible and her death when it turns out that outside grown-up support was not sufficient for her to build safe grown-up ressources inside. And it is very realistic today. People work very hard, have very little security today, deprivation is a huge topic. It is the story of growth and the lack of matured grown-ups to support and inspire people to develop capacities to survive. This unfortunately can’t be more realistic.
    I am looking forward to watching the film “Albert Nobbs” in Germany in December.

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