Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge
December 18, 2009 § 6 Comments
I’m not much of a movie person, but I think I’d like to join this challenge; it sounds like fun! Basically, the challenge is to read a book, watch the movie that was made based on it, and include both book and movie in our blog post.
The challenge is being hosted by C.B. James HERE, and there are five levels at which one can join:
- Matinee: one book/movie
- Double Feature: two books/movies
- Saturday Movie Marathon: four books/movies
- Film Festival: eight books/movies
- Festival Jury Member: ten books/movies
There are some books I’ve read, for which I want to watch the movie, and there are some movies I’ve watched, for which I want to read the book. And then of course, there are those that I just want to read the book AND watch the movie.
So what titles do I anticipate?
I’ve been meaning to watch The Color Purple for quite some time now, especially after reading the book, for which I have posted my thoughts HERE. Maybe I’ll do a re-read of the book when I get around to watching the movie.
I’ve also heard good things about the movie adapted from John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men. Seeing how I’ve read and rather enjoyed the book (thoughts HERE), this movie is going on the list too.
As for movies that I’ve watched and now want to read the book, I’ve got Notes on a Scandal and The Joy Luck Club. I particularly want to read Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, and of course re-watch the movie, because I only watched the movie a couple of times when I was quite quite young, and though I didn’t quite understand the movie, I always felt intrigued by it.
On my radar also is Raise the Red Lantern, written by Su Tong, movie directed by Zhang Yimou. I am a Zhang Yimou fan, particularly for his movie Hero. If you’ve not watched it, I’d recommend it. The splendid use of colour in that movie alone is worth watching it again and again.
Having read only Saturday by Ian McEwan, Atonement has been on my list of to-read-soon for quite some time now. I’ve been told the movie is not too bad, so maybe I’ll be able to read my second McEwan next year?
I was then told that The Reader is an awesome movie. Having an acute interest in WW2, pre-, during or post-; I repeatedly told myself to refrain from watching the movie before reading the book. I’m making Bernard Schlink’s book a to-be-read for 2010.
The Lovely Bones is coming out very soon, and my brother is convinced that I should watch it. My sister, on the other hand, is convinced that I should read the book. I plan to do both.
Alice in Wonderland is coming out in March next year, and is an extension of Lewis Carroll’s novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I wonder if that counts for this challenge? Anyhow, the trailer on YouTube HERE has definitely captured my interest. And I love Tim Burton.
I’d love to include A Christmas Carol into this list as well, though I’m not sure if I can make it.
Then of course, there’s No Country for Old Men and The Kite Runner.
If I really wanted to, I guess I could re-read Dan Brown’s books, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. I rather enjoyed both books really, despite what everyone says about Dan Brown, though I have yet to watch the A&D movie. And then there’s Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, which though I’m not too keen, I might just give it a go.
So let’s see, how many is that? Ah! I’ve got 15 titles listed here!
I don’t think I’ll have time for that many though. I’m committing myself to a Double Feature for now, though things may change, who knows? I’d love to do at least 10 of the 15 I’ve got here though.
Any thoughts or suggestions?