Of course it goes without saying, to those of you who are "regulars" here, that I am an avid reader.
Check the archives at Pen and Prosper, and you'll certainly uncover countless book reviews and high praise for this declining practice. Kids of today don't know what they're missing out on, as they often opt for other forms of entertainment like video games, music videos, and You Tube activities to engage their growing minds and experience a form of escape. To each his own.
Reading is "fun"-damental. But, I'm also a big movie buff as well. Yep, I am.
In fact, one of my favorite simple pleasures, (particularly during the fall season), or when I have had a grueling week, is to unwind in front of a good movie-- accompanied by a soothing, hot cup of herbal tea, or some decadent chocolate. Whether it's a chick-flick, a clever comedy, or a movie based upon some one's life, I'm in!
I love the relaxation it provides. Not to mention, it's a way to get some creative ideas going for writing topics.
Last week, quite by accident, I actually ended up viewing a few popular movies that were initially produced as books.
- I checked out Steve Harvey's "Act like a lady, think like a man."
- Made a reservation with "Reservation Road"
- And mentally noted great scenes from "Message in a Bottle"...
They were each entertaining in their own respect. And might I add, that Michael Ealy, (of Act Like a Lady movie) is one fine piece of art. Just sayin'. :-)
Anyhow, this got me to thinking. From classics like Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, to Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird", to modern-day titles, books that evolve into movies provide a different experience for today's audiences. Sometimes they allow for an interpretation that is more broadly based.
Sometimes they allow us to discover more about the writer's message.
Worth mention as well, is a great read on what I like to call "movie therapy"
entitled, "Cinematherapy-the Girl's Guide to Movies for Every Mood" *by Nancy Peske and Beverly West.
So, I'd like to know, "readers"-- how do you feel about books made into movies? What would be your favorite? Do tell.