Title: It’s Only A Movie
Author: Charlotte Chandler
Fun Fact: Hitchcock once had a set showing a city street in Holland built complete with working street cars and sewers to drain the fake rain.
Review Summary: The book was a very light read composed mainly of quotes that made me feel like I really got to know Hitchcock.
It’s Only a Movie is a very comprehensive biography, covering Hitchcock’s career from his beginnings as a title designer through the final movie he was never able to complete. Even the plots of his movies are included. Mostly though, this was an intimate portrait of the man, told through quotes from him and those who knew him. Continue reading
There are just a few important things you need to know to understand what Starship Troopers (the movie version) is all about. First, it does not have the same feel as Heinlein’s book. A lot of the pro-military sentiment was clearly over the top and came across as almost a parody of the original. Many of the events are preserved, but a lot of details are added of necessity, since you have to see things in a movie even if they weren’t described in the book. However, a lot of character development and relationships between characters are added too. The sharp military feel is preserved though and I thought the dry humor was brought out more. Personally, I enjoyed these changes and even felt like the movie makers probably had many of the same complaints I did with the book. But it’s possible that if you loved the book, you could find the changes frustrating. Continue reading
Hello all and welcome to the 2013 Book to Movie challenge! Sign-ups are here and will continue through January 31st, but for those of you already signed up, lets get this thing started. The main rule is that there are no hard and fast rules. This challenge is for fun, so the details are between you and your conscience. But, to get you started, here are the guidelines I’ll be following: Continue reading
Author: Louis Sachar
Review Summary: Classic, dry Louis Sachar humor but simplistic enough I’d classify it as middle grade fiction, not YA.
In Holes, Stanley Yelnats is found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit and has the choice of going to prison or Camp Green Lake. Unfortunately, Camp Green Lake is neither green nor in possession of a lake and the warden believes digging a hole a day will help the boys build character. However, Stanley quickly realizes that the warden is digging for something in particular and that the mystery of Camp Green Lake may connect to his own family history.
Alright folks! Today we have another exciting new first for Doing Dewey! I will be hosting my first ever reading challenge, the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review books and the movies which they’ve been made into. It’s a tough job, but someone has to let us book lovers know which movies are going to fulfill our dreams of watching our favorite books come to life and which movies are going to ruthlessly shatter those dreams!
Hello all! It’s time for this weeks Monday musing, and this week the question posed by Should Be Reading is: What is your favorite romantic book –or book that includes a love story?
My first thought when I read the question was “Romances? I don’t read romances!” but that thought was quickly followed by the realization that there are definitely books I’ve ended up loving for the romance. I haven’t read a book where the romance really jumped out at me in a while, but mentally browsing books I’ve read in the past one book really stood out to me. It’s been a while, so I wish I had this book on hand to remind myself why it left such an impression on me, but I vividly remember loving The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause. I think I might even have cried. Although I don’t remember all the details, I do remember this being a very moving book and might have to re-read it now.
In addition to answering the Monday Musing question, I’d also like to announce a few more challenges I found for 2012 (I’m a little slow, I know!) which fit particularly well with the reading I’ve been enjoying this year. Reading through the Dewey Decimal system has made me really want to expand the sorts of books I read. At first, I’d just wander through the non-fiction section and want to read everything, but now it’s gotten to where I wander the whole library feeling that way! So, to indulge my desire to sample new genres, I will be participating in the Around the Stack in How Many Ways Challenge at the Palin-esque level, which means I’ll be trying to read books from 20+ genres. For this to be possible, you’ll notice that the host Dog Ear Discus has defined genres pretty narrowly. I will also be completing the similar Eclectic Reader Challenge hosted by Book’d Out.
And last but not least, I will be starting the Book To Movie Challenge hosted by Para Junkee, because I enjoyed reading and than watching Percy Jackson so much. I think it will be a lot of fun to see how well (or not) different books are made into movies. Feel free to join me!