An Invitation to Join The Adaptation Club
For the last six months or so I’ve been meeting at least once a month with friends and family of all ages and genders to watch and discuss the film and book versions of stories we’ve selected. It’s an Adaptation club of sorts.
– Shutter Island
– The Last Song
– The Lovely Bones
– The Road
– Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
– Eat, Pray, Love
– The Town (Prince of Thieves)
– The Social Network (Accidental Billionaires)
It’s been a rather engaging process. Sometimes we have pretty boisterous, heated discussions and sometimes we do nothing but mock the material and agree never to speak of either the book or film again.
It’s been surprising what books have surpassed the movie, and what movies have surpassed the books.
As can happen with discussions – not all of my ideas are able to be expressed with the lovely people I share the club with, so I would like to start posting my Adaptation thoughts and film reviews here. And in that spirit – I’d like to invite blog readers to “read along” and also watch the film for themselves to compare notes.
We usually determine at each meeting when the next viewing will take place and we schedule the books at least two or three months in advance.
We also have an open door policy. If people aren’t interested in the book that month – they don’t have to read it. But they can still watch the movie. Or they can skip the movie and read the book. So I invite everyone to do to the same.
Also worth noting – we usually try to select a variety to suit all the different personalities in the group. We’ve recently picked up a few “non-fiction” pieces (I say this with a pointed barb at Accidental Billionaires) and those have been successful, so I’m going to pimp heavily for at least one comic book adaptation and perhaps a fantasy or science fiction book in 2011 – maybe even something aimed at young adults.
Of course – I’ll be reading and going out for those flicks (comic book, sci fi, fantasy, etc) anyway, so it doesn’t stretch my comfort zone too much. But it would be nice to spice it up a bit.
Once Again: YOU are invited to read along with our book club, should you so desire. I’m not quite sure how well a virtual book club will work (if at all) but I’d like to give it a shot.
Book Club Selection for November:
– Movie: Love and Other Drugs
We’ll be meeting the Sunday after Thanksgiving (11/28/2010) for discussion and I’ll post a blog entry on that day. Then I’ll update here about the next meeting time for December’s pick The Ghost Writer novel/screenplay by Richard Harris and starring Ewan McGregor. It’s already out on DVD.
We’ve also published the 2011 Adaptation Calendar so we’ll most likely be choosing the next two books at our November meeting. I made the Google Doc public, so you can view it here.
I’ll include the first few 2011 Adaptations in my November post.
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