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Books v. Movies, "The Giver" an example

14 August 2014 - 10:22 AM

the movie is never as good as the book, is it?  well, maybe in the case where the book really isn't that good, and the movie fixes its faults.  


i love "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and i'm sure many of you do, too.  the movie opens today, with a great cast.  also in production i have heard is "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, my most favorite ever.


here's an article from today's LA Times about how "The Giver" got made:




here're  my 2 issues:


Bridges said the team behind the film pushed to make the main characters older in order to add a romantic arc, and Lowry said that she pleaded not to turn the novel into a teenage romance, noting disdainfully that she "saw a few kisses in the trailer." The 77-year-old author said that once she saw Brenton Thwaites playing an older Jonas, however, the change felt appropriate. Keeping the details of the book exact, Bridges said, wasn't as important as keeping the spirit of the book and having Lowry's stamp of approval.


 The pair have become unlikely friends through this process, even though Bridges lives in Southern California and Lowry writes from a Maine farmhouse. During the interview, both pairs of eyes turned to the newly packaged copy of the book sitting on the table, featuring a still image from the movie of Bridges and Thwaites. It's the first time the duo have seen the fresh book jacket, with Bridges now as the Giver. "Isn't that wonderful?" he exclaimed, holding the book up to see it better.

"They should have the Newbery Award stamped on it too," he says on closer examination. The new gray medal on the cover reads, "Includes exclusive Q&A with Taylor Swift and others!" The singer makes a brief cameo appearance in the film. Under Lowry's name at the very bottom of the cover, it mentions the award.

"I'm kind of sorry we have to have the Taylor Swift label instead of the Newbery Medal," Lowry says. "But that's OK. I think it's an appealing cover. I think in a bookstore someone will gravitate to it and pick it up."


why do we have to have a love story?  wouldn't it be great NOT TO?  wouldn't they possibly get praised for that?  


TAYLOR SWIFT is that important?  


what is wrong with us????


feel free to take this discussion to other book/movie combos.

Absalom, Absalom!

27 November 2013 - 06:42 PM

so, let's do this!  who's in?


Abasalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

370 pages, IX chapters.


start date:  Dec. 1


i'm thinking about 2 chapters per week?


challenge yourself!


07 May 2013 - 10:47 AM

a lot of you here in the LR are creative types, to put it mildly.  you've inspired, entertained, enlightened, and astonished me so many times over the years on so many levels.  i'm very grateful for that!


there was recently a conversation in a thread about the use of the word "artist."  i've thought about that a bit.  i think of many of you as artists, even if you are unwilling to use the name for yourselves.  i've been playing with photography and writing for a few years.  i guess i'm trying to make something, to put it simply!  i've had times when i felt creative, times when i felt that all original thoughts had been sucked out of my brain.  maybe some of you have had similar experiences?  what are they like?  


i was talking on the phone yesterday with my sister.  i rarely talk to her about anything that i'm working on.  but i mentioned yesterday about some photo project i'm in the middle of, and she completely disregarded it, with a comments like, 'we'll see what you do next' and 'i guess it doesn't hurt.'  it made me sad.  it made me wonder if that's what i'm doing, just having another one of my crazy ideas.  and it made me sad that she doesn't have any creative interests.  


this popped up in my FB feed this morning:  http://www.themillio...lse-starts.html  (i read about doing stuff way more than actually doing it.  :P


(and please don't be afraid to post because you don't consider yourself an 'artist' or a 'creative type.'  we are all in this mess together.)

The Great Gatsby Book Club

27 April 2013 - 11:04 AM

why not?  let's read it with an eye toward its relevance to contemporary life.  ;)

(and whatever else anyone wants to say about it.)

who's in?


(edit to add the schedule)    :)


Chapters 1 & 2:  discussion begins Sunday, May 12.

Chapters 3 & 4:  discussion begins Sunday, May 19.

Chapters 5 & 6:  discussion begins Sunday, May 26.

Chapter 7:  discussion begins Sunday, June 2.

Chapters 8 & 9:  discussion begins Sunday, June 9.  


although i've read this book a few times, i really don't know anything about it.  i hope others jump in to help move the conversation along!  i'm excited to read this book with all of you!


thanks to maya for this link to the text online:  http://gutenberg.net...2/0200041h.html

also, to atrevino for the free kindle/ipad/online link:  http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks


no excuses!  ;)

Infinite Jest Book Club

26 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

yes! start the thread! 

i'm worried that i'd hold you back, darlene--i know you're a fast reader, and i tend to read dfw especially slowly. maybe when we post in the thread, we can state the chapter we're talking about and put the rest in spoiler tags? or do we want to plan to discuss specific chapters on specific days?


i'm not that quick of a reader, and i definitely want to slow it down for this one.    :)  Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  981 pages plus almost 100 pages of footnotes.  :lol:  how about we officially start Jan. 2?  


the chapters aren't numbered and chapter names are repeated (thanks, david) so page ranges are probably the way to go.  if anyone has any ideas about how to do this, please speak up.  we could do a certain number of pages each week.  what would be a good amount?  it's pretty dense text.