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30 Day Challenge #17 : Book turned movie, and completely desecrated.

Desecrated is a strong word.

200px-ScholasticNarniaIf you recall, yesterday I said that I was pleasantly surprised by how good movie of The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe was.  I am a huge Chronicles of Narnia fan.  

However, I believe that they are progressively destroying the fabric of the series with each movie they make. 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was great. 

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was… less than great.capsioan

They made a lot of changes that I felt were un-necessary, and the book was almost unrecognisable.  It still made a decent adventure story, but I felt that much of the original was sacrificed to try and make it more exciting for the big screen.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was…

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Terrible.

As an adventure movie it was confusing and disjointed.  As an adaptation of the book it was so different that I challenge anyone to prove it was based on it.

And this is more than just me being a purist.  I can accept changes to the plot, and characters, but they went one step further… they changed the purpose of the book.  C.S. Lewis wrote all his Narnia books as allegories for Christianity.  Some of the key theological points made in the story were reversed!
For example, Eustace Scrubb earns redemption through his actions, not his faith.  The line about him realising in a dream that he could not be free without Aslan’s help, is removed and replaced with him being freed from his transformation as a reward for helping the good guys. 

Some of the best bits were not just ruined, they were changed to actually mean the opposite of what the author intended.  Not cool.

The sad thing is that there are very good movie and television versions of the films made for BBC.  However the latest versions are all being transformed into something they are not to try and make them appeal to a mass market, who have never actually read the books.

I would say it was a good thing if it were encouraging people to read the books, but I suspect they will give up after a few because “They aren’t the same as the movies.”

Sad.

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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in 30 Day Book

 

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30 Day Challenge #16 : Favourite book turned movie

I am one of those annoying people who always watched a movie, and then says, “The book was better.”  So I don’t know that I really have a favourite book turned movie.  Some adaptations are better than others.

cnlgOne movie that really did not disappoint though was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  I have mentioned before (repeatedly) what a fan I am of C.S. Lewis, and his Chronicles of Narnia were quite formative for me; both in my early faith and my writing.  

chronicles-of-narnia-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe-12 So it was with some trepidation that I went to see this adaptation of a childhood favourite.  I was not unimpressed.  The made changes to the story, as is usual, however it still had that spirit that the books had.  It still caught your heart and mind, and made me feel like a 8 year-old reading it for the first time.

Altogether, a movie I would recommend as a companion to the book.

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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in 30 Day Book

 

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30 Day Challenge #13: Favourite Childhood Book

Again, very hard to say.  I read so much as a child that I can not pinpoint just one book.

I loved Enid Blyton books, especially for the fact that they were age appropriate.  The Secret Seven books are aimed at a younger audience, and once you “outgrow” these, there are the Famous Five books to start on.  All the way from Noddy and the Faraway tree to young adult mysteries, these were firm favourites for all ages.

Did anyone else out there actually read Enid Blyton?

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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in 30 Day Book

 

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30 Day Challenge #12: A book so emotionally draining I could not finish or had to set it aside for a bit.

What a long title for this post.  I better make sure my post is longer than that I suppose.

I do not recall a book so emotionally draining that I had to set it aside.  However I have blogged before about how disturbing I found it to read this book.

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. 

I found the book incredibly disturbing, and I can’t say why.  I am not usually affected this badly by dystopian literature, and while 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are equally horrific, this book seemed to have an added emotional impact I can’t put my finger on.

It tells the story, in the first person, of Offred.  Offred is a precious national resource in the (not too)-futuristic  theocracy of Gilead.  She is a “handmaid”, which means she is little more than a slave, kept for her ability to breed. 

It is a good book, but not easy to read.

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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in 30 Day Book

 

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30 Day Challenge #5 : A non-fiction book that I actually enjoyed

Again I do not know how to respond to today’s prompt.  A non-fiction book that I actually enjoyed?  I do actually enjoy non-fiction.

I read biographies, histories, theology and other non-fiction almost as much as I read fiction.  In fact when I visit a library, I make it a point to take out at least 20% of my books from the non-fiction section.

Mere Christianity A non-fiction book that I have read and re-read, and which I love completely is Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.  Of course the atheists and cynics among you might argue that this is fiction, but nevertheless…

Lewis was a gifted theologian, and a great story-teller.  He made faith easy to understand, without shying away from some of the more difficult aspects.  Each time I read this book I discover some new treasure.

So this would probably qualify as my favourite work of non-fiction. 
(After the Bible of course, but this one is much easier to hold in bed.)

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in 30 Day Book

 

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30 Day Challenge #3 : A Book that completely surprised me.

Today’s prompt in the 30 Day Book Challenge asked me to talk about a book that completely surprised me.  Either by being good, or bad.

I chose The Dead Zone by Stephen King. 

book cover I never used to read Stephen King novels.  I assumed that they were all trashy and stupid.  I guess I really was judging a book (or author) by it’s movie. 

I saw The Dead Zone on television,  (The awesome movie, not the terrible TV series)  and I loved it. 

Then a few years later my mother got the book out at the library.  (I don’t think she knew who Stephen King was.)  So when I ran out of books of my own to read, I gave it a try.  And I loved it too.

Stephen King is a genius.  A lot of his later books became too heavily influenced by his movie success I think, and were not as good.  His books started to become more like the movies they made out of them, instead of the other way around.  However his classic stuff is still awesome.

The Dead Zone completely surprised me, and caused me to start reading everything of his I could lay my hands on.

It is not necessarily my favourite of his books, not by a long shot.  However it showed me that you can’t judge an author by what Hollywood does with his work.

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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in 30 Day Book

 

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30 Day Challenge #1 : My Favourite Book

How is a person supposed to have a favourite book?  That’s a little like asking me what is my favourite glass of water.  They have all nourished me in different ways, and at different times.

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200px-TheLeftHandOfDarkness1stEda favourite genre (Speculative Fiction);
a favourite thriller (Dark Rivers of the Heart);
a favourite Sci-Fi Novel (Left Hand of Darkness); a favourite Fantasy Novel (Lord of the Rings);
a favourite romance novel (Jane Eyre) etc.

 

But one book?  One novel above them all?

Not a chance!

Strangely enough there is no correlation between favourite authors and favourite books.  I am a Stephen King fan, but his work does not appear on the list.  I am a huge Jane Austen fan, but Bronte trumps her for favourite novel.  I love Isaac Asimov, but an anthropologist (Le Guin) beats the scientist for best Sci-Fi novel. 

What is my favourite novel? 

If only it were that easy.

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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in 30 Day Book

 

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