Saturday, July 28, 2007

CHALLENGE: Book into Movie Challenge

hey, hey, hey, I just finished a few challenges, and thought I should lay off a bit, ...but, of course, there is a but. A book into movie challenge hosted by Callista. That would cool to do. Especially if I could find three books I had already bought (not liking that verb tense sound) paid for, then I'm just reading books I wanted to read anyway. Easy. And it was easy to find three books on my shelf that have been made into movies:

Gods and Monsters by Christopher Bram
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (movie called Simon Birch)
The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The books should be read between September 1 and December 1, 2007 and they can be cross listed for other challenges. None of these really are, although I could count Farewell, My Lovely in the 2nds Challenge, and A Prayer for Owen Meany is on my top 50_books list of books I want to read.

edit: August 10th
I've been seeing other lists and getting more good ideas. I think I'll start adding alternates to my list, in case I change my mind or want to read more, because maybe I'll run out of books to read. Right!
The Last King of Scotland


  1. Oh, no, not another challenge! :) It sounds like a good one, but I'm going challenge-light, myself. I'll look forward to your reviews. Owen Meany seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it book and I'm always curious what a new reader thinks (I've yet to read it, myself). I'm not sure if I've got Farewell, My Lovely, although I know I have a couple of Chandlers. I found Chandler a wee bit disappointing, but it could very well have been the timing. I'm a Dashiell Hammett fan, though. The Maltese Falcon is a favorite and it's a movie.

  2. I've heard a lot about Own Meany, but I had no idea it was made into Simon Birch. While I usually like books better than their movie counterparts, I'm not likely to go back and read a book after seeing a movie. They're the ultimate spoilers, aren't they?

  3. bookfool: I liked Chandler better than Hammett! I did like The Maltese Falcon, but I preferred The Big Sleep.

    john: I haven't seen Simon Birch and wasn't even sure if Owen Meany was a movie, but I checked imbd and there it was. Yes, movies are the ultimate spoiler, but sometimes they change the movie so much from the book that the movie is it's own surprise.

  4. Hmmmm....this does sound like such a FUN challenge!! But I really need to finish up a few others before I start anything new!!

    I really loved Gods and Monsters though!

  5. stephanie: I just finished a few challenges, so that's why I signed up for anohter one. Did you like the book or the movie of Gods and Monsters?

  6. Yeah, it was The Big Sleep I didn't care for. I've read 4 or 5 Hammett books and enjoyed them all.

  7. Great choices, Elizabeth! I had forgotten Simon Birch was based on Owen Meany. That might actually make the book a bit easier to read when I get around to it . . . I've heard mixed reviews of the book and so I have been reluctant to read it. Gods and Monsters . . . That's one I haven't heard mentioned in a long while. And anything by Raymond Chandler, my husband thinks is well worth the time to read. One of these days I may actually read something by him.

  8. literary feline - I don't know if it's Chandler or Bogart I like, because Bogie narrates the book in my head.


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