Friday Morning Bookclub

October 25, 2014

Olive Kitteridge ………….A Miniseries!


I  am always intrigued when a book I have read is made into a movie. How closely will it follow the story line in the book? In the case of Olive Kitteridge I wonder how they will make an engaging movie out of what is essentially a group of short stories.I rarely read short stories and remember while reading Olive Kitteridge that some of the stories left me wanting more. Perhaps that is a good thing!

Olive Kitteridge was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. The Friday Morning Bookclub read Olive Kitteridge in 2010 and gave it 3.25 omelets.

Here is a short review of the book, written by Carol:

The book is a collection of 13 vignettes of the lives of the residents of a small town in Maine. The residents weave in and out of each others’ lives to different degrees, but the one presence they all have in common is Olive Kitteridge, a lifelong resident of the town who is a schoolteacher, mother and wife. In these vignettes we see the different emotional challenges each of the characters must contend with and how they struggle to get the love they want. Olive’s life is the most detailed and the readers see how, over time, her different relationships either unravel or transform. The club was mixed in its’ feelings for the book; some of us really enjoyed examining these different characters and their intimate conflicts but some of us felt that the vignettes were too short and disconnected to be interesting. There was also different opinions about Olive and how responsible she was for pain she caused in the lives of her husband and son. There was a comment made that this book could be best appreciated by readers who are at least middle-aged, people who have reached a time in their lives when they know that sometimes different relationships require compromise or resignation. What I found intriguing about these stories were the differing strength of bonds between the various characters and their families and by examining these bonds I could ponder whose outcomes would be better than others’.

Sound interesting? Check out the trailer!  Part one of the HBO miniseries airs November 2nd at 9pm ET



September 17, 2013

The Book Thief….The Movie!

Filed under: Books Into Movies,The Book Thief — susanbright @ 4:52 pm

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was an unforgettable story. Can’t wait to see the movie. Check it out!

September 7, 2012

Meet Gillian Flynn, The Author Of Gone Girl!

Filed under: Books Into Movies,Gone Girl — susanbright @ 9:10 am
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Yes she was on The View! You can watch even if you have not finished the book. THERE ARE NO SPOILERS! This book is going to make one good movie. It looks like Reese Witherspoon will be playing Amy. Who would you like to see play Nick?

Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn

March 27, 2012

Just Curious! Are You Planning To See The Hunger Games?

Filed under: Books Into Movies,Polls,The Hunger Games — susanbright @ 9:00 am

Thanks for voting!!

The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening weekend.

December 26, 2011

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

I get it!  Now I know what all the excitement is about and why everyone is talking about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down.  The Hunger Games Trilogy is set some time in the future. The United States as we know it is long gone and in it’s place is the country of Panthem, which is divided into 12 Districts. Once a year, one boy and one girl from each District are chosen to compete in The Hunger Games, a reality television show like none other. The contestants or Tributes are taken to the Capitol and must fight until only one person is left alive. To make it even more interesting the Gamemakers have the power to add obstacles and or change the rules at will. It is their job to keep the game interesting.

The Hunger Games is a real page turner. It is exciting as well as suspenseful. You just never know what is going to happen next. Although there is some violence, after all, how could there not be, it is not overly graphic and if I can handle it, anyone can. If you have read my reviews you know that I am the first to put a book down if it is too violent! I enjoyed the book so much that as soon as I read the last page I downloaded the second in the series, Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2). The Hunger Games is a quick read, not necessarily because it is a short book, but because once you start reading, you will not be able to stop until you read the very last sentence!

Have you read The Hunger Games Trilogy? Do you plan to read it?

August 16, 2011

The Help Controversy: Judge Throws Out Suit Against Kathryn Stockett!

Filed under: Books Into Movies,The Help — susanbright @ 2:19 pm

It looks like it is over! This morning  Judge Tomie Green dismissed Ablene Cooper’s suit against Kathryn Stockett, author of the Help! Interestingly enough the reason it was thrown out had nothing to do with whether or not Stockett based the fictional character of Aibileen on Ablene Cooper. The case was dismissed because the one year statute of limitations elapsed between  the time Ablene Cooper was given a copy of the book and the time she filed the  $75,000 suit against Stockett.

I am always surprised when this kind of thing happens! How did Cooper’s attorney not know about this statute of limitations? According to Cooper, although she did receive a copy of the book prior to it being published, she did not read it right away, as she had been told by the author that it had nothing to do with her.  Apparently there is a difference in opinion as to when the statute of limitations should have begun. I guess now we will have to wait and see if there is an appeal.

The question still  remains…… Do you think that Ablene Cooper has a valid case against Kathryn Stockett? Please vote in our poll in the post below!

August 15, 2011

The Help Controversy! Please Vote!

Filed under: Books Into Movies,Polls,The Help — susanbright @ 5:33 pm

This poll is closed! Thank you for voting!

If you haven’t read it yet, get The Help now!

Unbroken:The Movie

Filed under: Books Into Movies,Movies,Unbroken — susanbright @ 1:14 pm

Finally, the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption is being made into a movie. For those of you who did not read the book, Zamperini was a former olympic runner whose plane crashed at sea.  He floated on a raft for 47 days only to end up in a Japanese POW camp where he was brutalized by the prison guards. His story is truly amazing.

  Universal Pictures actually bought the rights to Louis Zamperini’s life  as well as his memoir Devil at my Heels in 1957. At that time there were talks of a movie and Tony Curtis was being considered to play Zamperini. The movie was never made amd once again in 1998 discussions began about making a movie based on Zamperini’s life. This time Nicholas Cage was being considered for the star role. Again… no movie!

Laura Hillenbrand’s book has brought new attention to Louis Zamperini and this time it looks like there is actually going to be a movie. Zamperini’s son-in-law Nick Garris is the executive producer.  There are rumors of a 2013 release date. Who would you like to see play Louis Zamperini?

Patty recommends Gerard Butler. What do you think?

July 15, 2011

Sarah’s Key: The Movie

Filed under: Books Into Movies,Movies,Sarah's Key — audpelta @ 4:42 pm

Here is some thoughts from one of our Arizona  bloggers! Thank you Nancy!

AWESOME movie and they truly stayed true to the book (just like The Help I saw two weeks ago) which is usually my problem when I had read the book prior to seeing the movie. This was amazing and the cinematography made you feel like you were actually in the scene. The acting was terrific and the little girl who plays Sara was fantastic. She has such expression in her eyes. We got the chance after the preview to ask the adorable french jewish director questions and I asked if the author of the book had a lot to do with the movie. His answer was “We kinda gave birth to this movie together!” An interesting fact he told us was that  in this round-up they did not take French Jews, only the foreign Jews living in the French area. Problem they encountered was these foreigners had babies who were actually born in France and they did not know what to do about that situation – so just took them as well. The director said he had lost family in the Holocaust and because there are so many people who don’t know about this horrible event, he wanted to do this movie to bring it to their attention. So it opens July 29th and I believe The Help does not open til Aug 12th…so my recommendation is definitely see both with kleenex ready!!!

June 7, 2011

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan: The Movie!

Filed under: Books Into Movies — susanbright @ 8:40 am

I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to see the movie! Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is a beautifully written story about two young girls living in 19th century China. Lily and Snowflower, are Laotong, or “old sames”.  A Laotong pairing was an ancient Chinese practice in which girls were paired off at a young age and were expected to be soul mates for the rest of their lives. The story told in the voice of an 80-year-old Lily is fascinating and a must read. The movie is scheduled to be released in July. This is one movie that I do not want to miss. Check out the preview!

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