March 19, 2009

Triple Play Meme Day

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Booking Through Thursday seems like a short one so I'm going to do 2 other memes along with it.

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Suggested by Janet:

How about, “What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?”

That would be Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which I reviewed. I just didn't get why everyone thought it was a wonderful love story. The guy was creepy!


Weekly Geeks 2009-10

Worst movie adaptations: The recent release of Watchmen based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore got me thinking about what I thought were the worst movie adaptations of books. What book or books did a director or directors completely ruin in the adaptation(s) that you wish you could "unsee," and why in your opinion, what made it or them so bad in contrast to the book or books?

For some reason I could only come up with Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I watched the movie first which had kind of a dopey ending. When I finally read the book, it seemed unrelated to the movie.

Thursday Tunes

This week Swapna discussed Eva Cassidy, a lady who made acoustic covers of songs. Another lady who made an album of covers is Jann Arden. She's a great songwriter herself with hits like Insensitive but in 2007 she released Uncover Me an album of covers. My favorites are Peace Train, and Love Is a Battlefield. My daughter loves Downtown.

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  1. Another Marquez, I am really staring to think that I just should avoid his books.

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  2. I forgot about Practical Magic. I was greatly annoyed with Hollywood after reading it; by comparison the movie seemed like the dumbed-down version.

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  3. I managed to struggle through Love in the Time of Cholera, but couldn't finish One Hundred Years of Solitude!

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  4. Oh, my! Jann Arden is still around? Good for her! I loved "Insensitive", but that was the only song I ever knew by her.

    Lezlie

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  5. Practical Magic was a terrible movie. I didn't realize that it was based on a book.

    http://barneysbookblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/booking-through-thursday_19.html

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  6. Ooh! I really like Jann Arden but I don't think I have the Uncover Me album, I'll have to get it. Thanks for playing along!

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  7. Could there possibly be a worse adaptation than Dune? The directors and actors took Frank Herbert's magical science fiction classic and made a movie that is unwatchable.

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  8. I didn't care for Love in the Time of Cholera either. I wouldn't rank it as the worst book I've read (since the writing is truly brilliant), but some of the elements of it were very unsettling.

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  9. Blodeuedd- He seems to be making a lot of lists.

    Coversgirl- I know it was just confusing.

    Joann- I don't think I'll try 100 years.

    Lezlie- yes, she's been making albums for years in Canada.

    Jess- The book is better but not that memorable.

    Krishna- Thanks again! I hope you pick it up.

    Dave- I haven't read or watched either.

    Calon- The writing is beautiful. That's why I thought it is the worst of the best. The story is just so creepy.

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  10. Me too, I just could not get into this book.

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  11. Despite James Mason and Peter Sellers, and a screenplay by Nabokov himself, I was bored by Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. It may be the only movie I've walked out on. Probably sleepwalking.

    I love Eva Cassidy's version of "Autumn Leaves". So wonderful.

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  12. I got stalled on Love In The Time of Cholera and had to stop. Don't have plans to begin again. Feeling guilty, but less so, after what you said...thanks!

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  13. Bybee- Glad to be of service.

    Nise- Thanks for coming by!

    Rob- I've never seen that movie. I don't think I want to now.

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  14. I can't tell you how happy I am to hear someone else say Love in the time of Cholera wasn't that great. I was given a copy by my sister-in-law who loved it and when I finally admitted I hated it we nearly came to blows (well not really - but it did get very nasty for a bit). Horrid book. Thanks Chris for letting me know I'm not alone :)

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