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Booking Through Thursday: Movie Potential

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday questions (suggested by Tami are: What book do you think should be made into a movie? And do you have any suggestions for the producers? Or, what book do you think should NEVER be made into a movie?

I think Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone could successfully be translated to film; it might take a trilogy, though, since the book is 560 pages! I have no idea about producers. I definitely think Cutting for Stone could be made into a great film (or series of films).

What about you?


Mrs Chili, of the many blogs, started yet another blog, this time as a place for several people to talk about movies. I’m one of the contributors, although I haven’t posted yet — I still haven’t gotten back into a post-Olympics rhythm. The site has an eclectic set of viewpoints and contributors. I’ve thought of posting about movies, but didn’t really want to open and maintain another blog (not doing that great with all the ones I already have), and didn’t really want to post about them all the time here, either. This is a perfect solution so far. Please Pass the Popcorn!

• I don’t remember where I found this blog, but I’m quite enjoying having it in my feed reader. First Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started is just that. I’ve found it encouraging, and fun to read.

• Looking for new (mostly book) blogs to read? Check out this huge list at My Friend Amy’s. Plus, there’s still time to vote for your favorites!

Reading for Darfur campaign

Natasha at Maw Books is holding a Reading for Darfur campaign throughout September to raise awareness and funds to save Darfur.

So what exactly is Reading for Darfur? During September every book I read, every post I write, every comment left on this blog, and every book that you read about Darfur will make a difference. How? The difference will be you. This won’t work if I’m doing it all by myself. So I ask for everybody to get involved. There are a lot of different levels on which you can do just that, so choose the one that you are the most comfortable with.

Here’s her first video post about the campaign, along with all the nitty-gritty, what-am-I-getting-myself-into details about getting involved.

This is so important. You’ll probably see at least one more post about this campaign in this space — I plan to view and post about the Darfur documentary (The Devil Came on Horseback) that’s here, just waiting for me to watch it. And really, it’s just that simple to get involved in Natasha’s effort. She’s donating money for everyone who reads/views any of these Darfur pieces (who lets her know about it, of course), and she’s adding to that donation if the reader posts about it on their blog.

Movie: Brideshead Revisited revisited

Via Shelf Awareness: Brideshead Revisited, starring Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon, opens this Friday, July 25. Julian Jarrold directs this story of Charles Ryder, a captain stationed at Brideshead Castle during World War II, who remembers a distant, different time when he was a guest at Brideshead—this version focuses on his relationship with Julia Flyte. The movie tie-in book edition will be available the day before, Thursday, June 24. The book was made into a successful TV miniseries in 1981 that starred Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews.

The official trailer:

I don’t need a new edition of the book (I requested mine from a BookMooch user in Malaysia, the only copy to be found on BookMooch at the time); however, I think it’s high time they released a tie-in edition of the book: I tried to find this book at brick-and-mortar store earlier this year, and it couldn’t be found, new or used. I was surprised by this since I was aware the movie was coming out this month. I’m not familiar with the eponymous television miniseries.

I’m planning to try out my new theory (I didn’t invent it, though; I borrowed it from a friend. It’s just new to me.) of watching the movie before I read the book, at least if I’ve got a choice — sometimes I read the book well before there’s news a movie is in the works — and if I want to enjoy or even watch the movie. (I thought I’d mentioned this theory/plan here before, but I can’t find it at the moment.)

The book is on the list of 20th century works I’m making my way through.

So far the film has a pretty good rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie’s website.

I’m excited to see it (and read the book, too)!

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

This fictional book (published in 2003), Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, covers the life of artist Vermeer, set in the 1660s, in Delft, Holland. The main character is a teenage girl, who becomes a maid in Vermeer’s home after her father is blinded by a kiln explosion and loses his livelihood.

A quick read, and enjoyable book. But not entirely satisfying, it seems, to me. I did like the character of Griet, the maid. Although she did change somewhat over the course of the story, I felt a couple changes were lacking, I wanted more. Most of the rest of the characters were static.

I do feel that I may have learned something about how an artist may see, and how such an artist may consider color. I liked the use of guilds in the story.

Here’s the painting the book takes its name from, in case you’re not familiar with it. (And even if you are, it’s still pretty to gaze upon.)

I watched the movie years ago, probably while it was on the new release wall at the video store. I don’t recall much of the movie, although I do remember it as very beautiful.

Here’s the author’s website.

Blink of an Eye by Ted Dekker

I finished this, my fourth read by Ted Dekker this year, Blink of an Eye: Love Changes Everything by Ted Dekker, formerly called Blink.

At the junction of Muslim and American tension, Blink of an Eye is set in Saudi Arabia and the United States. It stars a mathematical genius and a princess. Is he really clairvoyant?

Needless to say, it was a quick read. Certainly this was facilitated by the unexpected lack of interruptions, but it was also a good book.

It’s apparently been revised, with new content, from its initial 2002 release. There’s also, supposedly, a movie in the works, but I can’t find much about it.

I checked this book out from the library. I’m an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.