November 2019 Group Challenge

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November 2019 Group Challenge

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Oct 24, 2019, 9:10am

For November, read a book that has been made into a film. Bonus points if you read the book and watch the movie to compare. There are lots and lots of options for this, but feel free to make suggestions from what you’ve already read and seen so we all have plenty to choose from. Or if you don’t have time for this challenge in November, discuss books/movies you’ve already compared.

As always, feel free to PM me suggestions of challenge ideas you have or comment on the following thread - I can always use some inspiration!

Oct 24, 2019, 1:00pm

One of my favorites (already read and seen) is Silence. I had no awareness of either the book or movie before the list, and both were educating and moving. I did like the book better, though.

Oct 24, 2019, 6:02pm

I enjoyed the book - film is on my wishlist.
Great challenge idea- I have The Circle on my tbr pile - I believe there is a film.

Oct 24, 2019, 7:03pm

Coincidentally I am just finishing The English Patient. I loved the movie, and the book has a similar sensual/dream-like feel to it. There are differences of emphasis. The book deals more with Hana (the nurse), her childhood relationship with Caravaggio (the tortured agent) (which is completely ignored in the movie) and her wartime affair with Kip (the Sikh bomb-disposal engineer). The movie focuses on the more melodramatic relationship between Katherine Clifton and Almasy (the English Patient). The book also leaps around a lot more whereas the film is more linear within the key stories. As you might expect the book has more a focus on the interior thoughts of the individuals whereas the movie is more exterior. Both complement each other well and it's worth experiencing both.

So, book or movie? For me the movie with its stunning visuals and soundtrack.

I have Doctor Zhivago coming up on the TBR pile so will read that in November (though it is a long time since I saw the movie and I don't remember it all).

Edited: Oct 25, 2019, 2:46pm

The group read in November is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and it's been made into a couple of mini-series (1968 and 1996) as well as a film in 2017. I haven't seen any of the films but I do plan on reading it next month. I am also hoping to read The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan which was made into a film in 1993.

Oct 27, 2019, 10:21am

I've done a bunch of these, reading a book and watching the movie, and I must say there are some list books which are probably included mainly for the sake of filmatisation. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is not even the best Philip K Dick book, The Third Man by Greene is hardly an essential read, and I suspect Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann also benefits from a classic filmatisation...

One of my favourites of the list is Les liaisons dangereuses also because I've seen five filmatisations of it, and all have merited to be seen, for somewhat different reasons (yes, even Cruel Intentions). While none of the films quite reach the level of the book, it is obviously a book that turns into film well, both as a costume drama of its own epoque and refitted to another time and place (whether teenage socialites in modern US or 18th centure Koreans...)

Oct 28, 2019, 5:26am

I was going to skip this challenge and then the book I am reading now, H is for Hawk, mentioned Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in an intriguing way and I thought I might do that for the group challenge. It will be toward the end of November as my reading list is rather full next month!

Oct 28, 2019, 6:55am

I have quite a few BBC adaptations on my DVD shelf - just borrowed The Moonstone series from the library.

Oct 28, 2019, 8:21pm

Here are some excellent books/movies that are a bit off the beaten path:

Ashes and Diamonds by Jerzy Andrzejewski; and the film directed by Andrzej Wadja

The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz; and the film directed by Timothy and Stephen Quay

Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal; and the film directed by Jiri Menzel

Solaris by Stanilaw Lem; and the film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Women in Love by DH Lawrence; and the film directed by Ken Russell

Edited: Oct 29, 2019, 7:55pm

The following 1001 movies have been based on 1001 books:

Nosferatu (1922) (Dracula)
The Blue Angel (1930) (Professor Unrat)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
The 39 Steps (1935)
Sabotage (1936) (The Secret Agent)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Rebecca (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Murder, My Sweet (1944) (Farewell my Lovely)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Great Expectations (1946)
The Third Man (1949) (the novel was written subsequently)
Rashomon (1950)
Animal Farm (1954)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Dracula (1958)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Lolita (1962)
Le Mepris (1963) (A Ghost at Noon)
Il Gattopardo (1963) (The Leopard)
Vinyl (1965) (A Clockwork Orange)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The Graduate (1967)
Closely Watched Trains (1967)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Z (1969)
Kes (1969) (A Kestrel for a Knave)
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
A Clockwork Orange (1970)
Cabaret (1972) (Berlin Stories/Goodbye to Berlin)
Solaris (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Salo (1975) (120 Days of Sodom)
The Tin Drum (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979) (Heart of Darkness)
Nosferatu (1979) (Dracula)
The Shining (1980)
Blade Runner (1982) (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
A Passage to India (1984)
Out of Africa (1985)
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
The Colour Purple (1985)
A Room with a View (1986)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Schindler's List (1993) (Schindler's Ark)
The English Patient (1996)
Trainspotting (1996)
The Butcher Boy (1997)
Beau Travail (1999) (Billy Budd, Foretopman)
Time Regained (1999)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The Piano Teacher (2001)
The Lord of the Rings (2001+)

Plenty to choose from!

Oct 29, 2019, 10:17pm

I LOVE the 1940 version of Rebecca! Not sure if the new movie version is out on Netflix yet?

So many great movies to choose from - thanks for the lists.

Nov 6, 2019, 12:25pm

I have completed my read of The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. This very short book was distrubing and I doubt if I would ever want to sit through a film of this.

Nov 8, 2019, 10:02pm

I read Doctor Zhivago. Something about it didn't click with me but I can see the appeal to a film director - a doomed love affair amongst a land of steam trains and snow-covered forests, while revolution rages all around. I believe the movie is still (in today's currency) one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Nov 11, 2019, 7:34am

A couple more I thought of:

Casino Royale (1967, 2006)
Never Let Me Go (2010)

Nov 11, 2019, 9:22pm

I read Lord of the Flies. I tried to read this about 10 years ago in my early twenties and I got about 30 pages in and gave up. I'm so glad I gave it another go.

It was such a great book! The writing was generally pretty easy to read, and I found myself really sympathising with some of the characters, and as a mum, particularly with the youngun's crying all the time.

*******SPOILER ALERT**********
The ending was not what I expected at all. It was really amazing to see that these boys, who were so independent with such a take-charge attitude, completely fell apart when they were rescued.
*******END SPOILER***********

All in all I give it 4.5 stars.

Nov 21, 2019, 4:24pm

I have completed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and I loved it. I haven't seen any adaptation of this work, but I certainly will keep my eyes open for one now.

Nov 22, 2019, 1:07am

>16 DeltaQueen50: There is a BBC mini series (of course!) that is quite good. But I am sure I have seen a more recent movie that is a lot darker than the mini series. But I cannot find it online anywhere - maybe I am imagining it!

Nov 27, 2019, 11:58pm

I just finished Trainspotting, made it in before the end of the month. I'm not sure I want to watch the movie, despite finding the book quite engaging. Watching it might be a very different experience.

Nov 28, 2019, 12:33am

>18 amaryann21: I've seen the movie but not yet read the book. The movie appealed to my black Scottish sense of humour at the time.

Nov 28, 2019, 12:09pm

I really enjoyed both the book and the movie of Trainspotting, despite the unsavory topic.