First a meme that is new to me - Alison of That's A Novel Idea has just launched a fun new Saturday meme: Show Me 5 Saturday.
Here is Alison's description of Show Me 5 Saturday:
This meme will give each blogger an opportunity to give a brief description of a book they have read or reviewed during the week.
It will work like this:
Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you will provide.
1 Book you read and/or reviewed this week
2 Words that describe the book
3Settings where it took place or characters you met
4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it
5 Stars or less for your rating?
Here's my Show Me 5 Saturday:
1 Book Read: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
2 Words to describe it: epistolary, charming
3 Settings/Characters: London, Guernsey, Isola Pribby
4 Things I liked or disliked: I liked that it was a novel in letters (epistolary), I liked that I learned a lot about the German occupation of Guernsey during WWII and how Londoners lived/reacted to the bombings, I disliked the predictability of the ending and I disliked all the hype about this book that didn't really live up to it - in my opinion.
5 Stars or less: I give this book 3 stars (I liked it).
How about you? What are you reading? What are your Show Me 5 answers?
The second meme is one I've done before: Monday Musings.
Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about movies …
How do you react to movies made of your favourite books (or even not-so-favourite books)? Do you look forward to seeing them, or avoid them? Do you like to have read the book before seeing the movie?
This is a very timely question since a book that I truly loved, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, has been made into a movie that was just released last Friday.
Sometimes when I've loved a book, the movie doesn't live up to my expectations or to the greatness that was the book. Most of the time, however, by the time the movie is released I finished the book so long ago that I won't remember if any details have been changed or left out (The Namesake, The Kite Runner, Memoirs of a Geisha). So, for the most part, I still enjoy the movie. If I've read the book more recently, I usually find fault with the movie, even if I enjoyed it (A Beautiful Mind, The Other Boleyn Girl). In general, I do like to see movies that have been made from books I've read.
If a movie is released based on a book that is still on my tbr pile, I will do my best to read the book first. For me the book is always better than the movie and if I see the movie first, I will probably not bother reading the book after the fact. However, I have no problem seeing movies made from books that I have no intention of ever reading . I sometimes enjoy light and fluffy movies, even though I don't enjoy light and fluffy books (The Devil Wears Prada, for instance). Or the movie intrigues me, but I have no desire to read the book (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas).
Now as for The Time Traveler's Wife, I fully expect that this movie will NOT do the book justice. The book was complex and deep and from what I've heard about the movie the story has been distilled down to just a Romance. Of course, I read The Time Traveler's Wife years ago and don't remember very many details. I just remember being blown away by Niffenegger's take on time travel and how she developed the story of Henry and Clara's relationship. I didn't come away feeling as though I had read a romance novel. Yet when I watch the trailers for the movie, the impression I've come away with is "sappy, improbable love story". Oh well. I'm dying to see it anyway. The fact that Eric Bana stars in it has something to do with that. But, I'd see it anyway. And I already know I'm going to be disappointed. Oh well. 2 hours of staring at Eric Bana will be time well spent, in any case.How about you? How do you feel about books that have been turned into movies? Love them? Hate them?