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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lit Flicks Challenge

A few weeks ago, I signed up for the Lit Flicks challenge. It started on the 1st and I haven't turned in my list of books to movies that I'm going to do yet.
So, here it is... my blog post with my list.

As of September 1st, I've read Pride and Prejudice...on the 1st. In a car. On the ride back from Washington state. I had to do this for the "Classic Book Club Challenge" and it could fit in this challegn too ... if I need it near the end.
And now I get to re-watch the PBS series staring Colin Firth. YAY!

So, one down 4 to go. For the challenge anyway.
On August 29th on the ride up there, I read "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" because I've never read it and I want to see the movie before seeing the 2nd movie which is out right now, and because I want to see the 1st movie I want to read the book first. (whew...long sentence)
And then a week or so ago, I read "Nights in Rodanthe" by Nicolas Sparks. I will still see the movie when it comes out, but...really...the book was painful for me. (don't tell ..I'm sure Nicolas Sparks is a fine man, and hey, he can write. People love his books---just not me, I've discovered)
It was just such a predictable love story, and I'm just not into that. The Movie Trailer looks different than the book, so I'm hoping for better. Richard Gere's hair for one thing!
But those two came before September 1st, before the challenge started.

Here is my list for the challenge

1. Gone with the Wind. (I'm probably the only person ever who hasn't read this)
2. 1984 (I own it, but have never read it)
3. Watership Down (I own this one too, but also haven't read it)
4. Jurassic Park
5. Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Colladi

now for the questions

1. Are you more likely to see a movie if it’s based on a book?
I watch a lot of movies, so "more likely" doesn't really fit for me, although it is fun to see movies of your favorite books, but sometimes very disappointing.

2. Do you prefer to read the book first or see the movie first?
I like to read the book first. Sometimes I find it hard to understand how someone who didn't read the book can "get" the movie. The movies leave so much out, but I guess you just "get it" on a different level.
And after re-reading what I wrote above about "The Traveling Pants", I see I'm a sucker for reading the book first if I possibly can.

3. List one movie that was better than the book it’s based on, and one book that is better than the movie.
Too difficult!!

4. In your opinion, what film is the most accurate representation of the book?
All 3 Godfathers put together? Does that count? LOL
Probably PBS's mini-series of Pride and Prejudice.


thebluestockingsociety said...

I concur with your assessment of the Pride and Prejudice adaptation. I love that you read the book in a car. I don't know why. I just do. Anyway, great list! (Also, I'm not a stickler, so if you want to count some of your vacation books, go ahead!)

Jessica @ The Bluestocking Society

Cesia said...

I've never read Gone With the Wind either! Or 1984, or Watership Down. Or Pinocchio. :) But then again, I spent my youth reading non-classics, and now I need to catch up.

- Cesia.

Toni said...

Great List. Gone with the Wind is a TREAT!!!! I wish I could read in the car.... I get too car sick! I look forward to reading your Lit Flicks Reviews.