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.

Past book/film combos have included:

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:

– Book = Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman

– 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.

Feedback can be directed to mindy@tinyheroes.net.

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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

12 responses to “An Invitation to Join The Adaptation Club”

  1. erninlow says :

    good idea! I also would like to read a fantasy/sci fi book. Fantasy are my favorite!

    • tinyheroes says :

      I think we can get people to stretch. There are some months where only comic book adaptations are coming out – so I think we could make a strong case. Especially for Cowboys & Aliens – it’s a graphic novel. That could be easier for people to get on board with. 🙂

  2. Addie says :

    Yes! I’m glad you’ll be passing on your thoughts via blog. I’d try it too, but I’m such a vicious critic and am worried about getting ahead of myself.

    Social Network clearly packed a massive punch in its scathing critique of several populations / types of individuals that I think were long overdue for that sort of treatment. While the base material was worshipful of those same individuals.

    Then again, I’ve found myself in the minority that prefers the film over the book more often than not, at least for the films we’ve seen in theaters (Last Song, The Town, Social Network – although I’d like to think everybody preferred the latter.)

    • tinyheroes says :

      The Last Song was kind of a bust for me all the way around, while I liked The Town book and movie pretty equally -they felt like nice companion pieces to one another. The Social Network was a much better film than book, I’ll have to agree with you there. Eisenberg and the dude playing Eduardo did a fantastic job at filling in the emotional elements missing from the book. I also appreciated the female presence acting as barometers of morality.

      The “non-fiction” and yellow journalism fits so well with the Citizen Kane comment you made last night that I couldn’t stop my brain from automatically comparing the two. And I totally missed the final conversation between Zuckerberg and the female lawyer until chatting with Dan about it on the car ride home. It was basically a tongue-in-cheek nod to the audience that Zuckerberg really isn’t the snake in the grass he’s being portrayed as and the audience should take all recountings of the story with a grain of salt. Total smirk at the book.

      It was quite well-played.

      • Addie says :

        WRITE A POST ABOUT IT 🙂

        • tinyheroes says :

          But you have a bit more keen insight into the Facebook/programming/Silicone Valley/Start Up angle than I do. This is an area where your expertise and connection with the material would make for far more interesting reading.

          And I’ve been tainted with too many articles and opinions at this point to suss out what is my own and what is someone else’s. The best it would be is loads of compelling link spam.

          Which I wouldn’t mind putting together. 🙂 Geek Feminism is also great for providing tons of link-spam. Especially the article on the white-washing of the Narenda character. I had no idea he was portrayed by a white man, and I call total bullshit that they didn’t put him in darker makeup for filming! Of course – standing next to a darker skinned dude will automatically make him look lighter.

          The article doesn’t mention the ethnicity of the dude playing Eduardo either, who is Brazilian and Jewish.

          Ah – the whitewashing! The sexism!

          So much a part of Hollywoodland. It kills me.

  3. Addie says :

    I just left some reflections on the book at the Geek Feminism discussion thread, which actually sort of sucked in comparison to the other discussions I’ve seen. Disappointing, because they’re usually a pretty good source of insight.

    http://geekfeminism.org/2010/10/08/the-social-network-discussion-thread/

    But I wanted to pass this on as well, another indie book made adapted to film (or so says Audible, which is why they highlighted it):

    http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B002V1NEZY

  4. clinegirl22 says :

    I’d like to give it a try. I ordered the book Hard Sell today. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go to the movie because of finances but I do want to try to read a book that’s not for school.

    • tinyheroes says :

      Well – you are more than welcome to join us for any of the films – I’ll send you an invitation to the Facebook group, and we send out the dates and times when we finalize them.

      Even if you don’t make it to all the movies – there are some folks who only come if they like the book and/or want to see the movie. We’re pretty cool either way!

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