Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge

Yep – I’ve done it again. I have signed up for another challenge. But this one is really not my fault. See, C. B. has made the challenge SO doable that I simply couldn’t resist. After seeing the Books on Film packages at Barnes and Noble (the titles are also available individually for about $15.00), I just knew that it was “meant to be” that I take part.

The Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge runs from January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010 and there are 5 different levels in which to participate:
  • Matinee: one book and one movie
  • Double feature: two books/two movies
  • Saturday movie marathon: four books/four movies
  • Film festival: eight books/eight movies
  • Festival jury member: ten books/ten movies
I think I will shoot for the Double Feature. While we do not have to pre-select our choices, I do have a couple of ideas: I re-read Pride and Prejudice every year with my Brit Lit class, but I must confess that I have never seen the Colin Firth version of the film. I would like to do that this year. Also, to piggy back on the Flashback Challenge, I would like to read Little Women and watch the movie version with Susan Sarandon and Wynona Ryder.
While the potential selection of book/movie tie-ins is virtually endless, C. B. does offer some suggestions if you are stumped.
This is a great challenge for me for two reasons. First of all, I live by the adage, “read the book before you see the movie.” I try to instill in students that this is SO important as the book allows your own imagination to soar — whereas the movie is just the director’s interpretation of the story. A book not only engages your visual faculties, but your mental faculties as well.
The other reason why this is a good challenge for me is that I very rarely watch movies (in fact, I have usually fall asleep). However, I realize that we are in a media society which is digitally driven. If I hope to truly relate to my students (and my own children for that matter), I need to start watching movies. Perhaps if I take this step of compromise, they will be more willing to pick up a book. Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?


  • Nicole (Linus's Blanket)

    Oh Molly, you poor poor deprived one. No Colin Firth in P&P;? You must fix that on January 1 just as soon as the challenge starts! Since you have escaped seeing it for so long I am curious as to whether you will love it. I can't imagine you not loving it, but one never knows. Good luck with the challenge!

  • Kim

    I have so far resisted this challenge but it looks so fun! I fell in in love with Colin Firth in that movie. I adored him in it! Fun, fun…

  • Margot at Joyfully Retired

    I'm thinking about joining this one too as I love movies both at home and in the theater. Even though I already love movies, I agree with your reason for watching more movies. I've noticed that, as I've aged, it helps to have some points of conversation with younger people. I like hearing what they think about a movie I've seen. Occasionally we will have read the same book but most likely it will be movies we have in common.

  • Jenny

    I joined this one! I even was so bold as to sign up at the Film Festival level. At least 5 of the books I have on my 2010 TBR list have also been made into movies. I'm sure I can find at least 3 more to make my goal. Welcome to the challenge!

  • ds

    Read the book, THEN see the movie. You are a woman after my own heart, Molly! I signed up for this one, too. I think it will be fun–and it's an excuse for popcorn, never a bad thing!

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