Monday, May 13, 2019

TTT: Page OR Screen



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The topic this week is: Page to Screen Freebie

I'm going to go with a combination of books I've read but haven't seen the adaptations of, and movies I've seen based on books that I haven't read. ("Movie" here including TV adaptations.)

READ THE BOOK, SKIPPED THE MOVIE
Room
This was a hard read. I don't want to actually see it. 

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Tess of the D'urbervilles
I'm pretty sure the posters from the late 70's movie with Natassja Kinski were what made me want to read this book in the first place. In retrospect, total girl crush. 

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter
I love this series, but again, I think I'm too squeamish to actually watch it.

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
I liked this fine, but didn't love it enough to seek out the movie back in the day when the main option was paying theater prices.

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The Handmaid's Tale
I loved this book, but haven't read it in twenty years or so. I'd like to re-read it before watching it. We don't have Hulu anyway.

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WATCHED THE MOVIE, THEN WENT, "OH IT'S A BOOK?" 
Breakfast at Tiffany's
For a movie that makes most of us think of Audrey Hepburn looking lovely, it was pretty grim. I don't think I want to wallow in Capote's cynicism.

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Winter's Bone
This one was harrowing enough in movie form that I feel no need to dig deeper into the story through a novel.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
I knew there was a picture book, then realized there was a young reader's edition, which meant there was an adult version that I assume came first. None of which really excited me. Then we watched the film version.  Anyway, you know what they say:
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L.A. Confidential
I remember being blown away by this gritty and glamorous movie, with Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe at their best. I also remember trying to read the book and realizing that rather like all those Phillip K. Dick adaptations, the movie had stream-lined and tidied up the story in a way I appreciated. In other words, I don't do well reading hard boiled crime fiction. 

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The Bourne Identity
Therefore, this too. 

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7 comments:

  1. I loved The Handmaid’s Tale book. I really wish I had Hulu so I could watch the show, but I don’t have money to spend on TV stuff.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Yes, rereading the Handmaid's Tale first is a very good idea in my opinion. I hope you'll get to see the show eventually.

    My TTT.

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  3. I've never seen breakfast at Tiffany's, and I guess I thought it was kinda lighthearted just based on the promo material, maybe? Interesting to know it's a little more cynical! And the Bourne movies- I'm a huge fan and have no interest in the books haha!

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  4. Good list. I lived in Malawi, so I feel bad I haven't yet read Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

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  5. I read exactly zero of these books, but I did see Breakfast at Tiffany's (which I really liked), Fried Green Tomatoes (also great), and the Bourne movies (all highly entertaining). When you talked about Room being a tough read and that you will pass on the film, I am feeling the same way about a few books that broke me (All the Bright Places, You Before Me, The Nightingale). I cried so much reading the books and I can cry just thinking about them. I don't know, I cannot bring myself to watch the films.

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  6. OMG- Find Fried Green Tomatoes on Netflix or whereever. It is SO good. My twist on the movie theme

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  7. I read The Handmaid's Tale a couple years ago but it's still pretty fresh in my mind - it probably helped that I read it with a group and we discussed it. Now I need to watch it.

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