just another manic monday...

Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes? I can't think of one

Name one book you had to read but hated, and explain why you hated it. I really hated the Poisonwood Bible. I have yet to meet someone else who didn't care for it. When the author shifted narrator, the voice was not authentic to the descriptions of the characters and it annoyed me. Plus, I didn't care for the story.

If you could pick a book you’ve read to make into a movie, which one would you choose? The Spellman Files would be hilarious... so, I Googled the Spellman Files just to discover they have made a movie. Ok, I picked another one... The Help by Kathryn Stockett.


kontan said...

I struggled with the movie question, simply because the movie is rarely as good as the book.

Mrs. Chili said...

I read Roots when I was about 10 or 11. It was influential in my becoming a social liberal and still informs how I think about humanity.

I hated The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I tried to give Chevallier another try with the Girl and the Unicorn, but I hated that, too. I actually liked the Poisonwood Bibles, but it a weird way; I HATED, and I mean HATED, Nathan Price (in fact, I even wrote about it here http://theinnerdoor.wordpress.com/2006/05/31/i-hate-nathan-price/). It was that hatred that drove me through the story.

I, too, would LOVE to see The Help made into a film. I'm terribly sad that Esther Rolle is no longer with us, though; hers was the face I saw and the voice I heard when I read Aibileen.

The Gal Herself said...

I have heard only good things about The Help. If I wasn't on a strict "no books" budgetary restriction, I'd spring for it.

The book I had to read (lent to me by a friend who couldn't stop raving about it) but hated was already made into a movie, The DaVinci Code. There's no explanation at all as to how a college professor and a cryptographer knew how to sleuth and chase and flee in a manner worthy of Jason Bourne. Annoyed the living shit out of me.

The book that rocked my world was Saving Graces by Elizabeth Edwards. She was so scorchingly honest about her pain, and her need for help from others, that I recognized how much courage it takes to admit vulnerability. I have tried to incorporate this into my life.

I'd love to see the Alphabet mysteries by Sue Grafton brought to the screen. It would be cool to meet Kinsey Milhone.

Janet said...

I read the Poisonwood Bible when I was going thru chemo & radiation...blech.