Movie Adaptation Monday: 20 Film Adaptations of Novels I Love (Part 2)

I’m finally back — as promised — with Part 2. I also invite you to check out Part 1.

So, without further ado, in no particular order …

#11 — We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About KevinThis is another painful novel about a troubled and violent child. However unlike Boy A, Kevin does not seem redeemable. It also differs in that we see his story through the eyes of his mother rather than from his own perspective.

Estranged from her husband and daughter, Eva lives a cold, narrow life after her son Kevin is incarcerated, in the wake of a school shooting, for a series of brutal murders.

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Monday Movie Adaptation: 20 Film Adaptations of Novels That I Love (Part 1) (Warning: Some Female Nudity)

Despite the traditional wisdom that “the book is always better than the movie” — is this actually true? Filmmaking is, after all, an equally powerful form of storytelling. In some cases the movie measures up to — or exceeds — the book. So, without further ado, in no particular order …

wizard_title_page#1 — The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

This is the first series of books I fell madly in love with. When I was a little girl, I pored over these books eagerly, studied the maps, and reveled in the idea of a magical world filled with fanciful characters.

I also have a lifelong love affair with the movie. My children think this is very funny. According to my older daughter, the Land of Oz “looks like a Michael’s craft store exploded on the set.”

The Wizard of Oz film

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Writer’s Wednesday: 6 Ways to Bring Your Character to Life (Repost)

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

Our favorite novels, stories, movies, and T.V. shows have several things in common, including captivating storytelling and vibrant characters. Characters are the heart of most good fiction. Our favorite fictional characters are fully developed, memorable, and so “real” we feel we know them. We’re sorry to leave their company when the book, movie, or series ends.

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Weekly Chit-Chat, a New Blog Plan, & Blogger Links

As usual, spring is bipolar here in central Virginia. Last week, we had glorious weather and the crocuses had come out in all their glory. Today we’re getting an indeterminate mix of snow and freezing rain. Just a typical spring here in the Shenandoah Valley.

My daughter Trisha has decided to finish the Harry Potter series, beginning with re-reading the books she read with her sister about a year ago. She’s read the first four books in the series, a combined total of something like 2,000 pages, within a week. This girl is a reading maniac. Of course it doesn’t hurt that J.K. Rowling is such a consummate storyteller. And that Trisha is an unschooler, so she has plenty of time to read.


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