Book vs. Movie Challenge


In 2009 read a minimum of 6 books that have been made into movies and then watch the movie.

  • Write a review on the Book vs the Movie and be honest about whether or not you think the film-maker was successful in translating the book to film. Please keep in mind that it is impossible to convey everything. You must both read the book and watch the movie within 2009. All genres are acceptable and it doesn’t matter when the movie was made.
  • Feel free to display one of the following challenge buttons on your blog (movies shown are Pride & Prejudice, Marley & Me and Twilight)
  • Please add to the comments of this post and/or the Goodreads group when you’ve done a review. Periodically throughout the year random prizes will be given out.

That being said, so far I’ve been doing the opposite, watching the movie then going to read the book. Hopefully this will change, but this is my progress so far:

  1. The Reader (movie) – watched Jan 19
    The Reader by Bernhard Schlink – finished Jan 25
  2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – finished Apr 3
    The Secret Life of Bees (movie) – watched Jan 2009
  3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – finished Jan 30
    Persepolis (movie) – watched Jan 30
  4. The Spiderwick Chronicles Series by Holly Black – finished Feb 8
    The Spiderwick Chronicles (movie) – watched Mar 17
  5. A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley – finished Feb 16
    A Thousand Acres (movie) – watched Feb 27
  6. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – finished Mar 28
    True Blood: Season 1 (TV series) – finished watching Mar 2
  7. East of Eden by John Steinbeck – finished Mar 15
    East of Eden (movie) – watched Apr 25
  8. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane – finished Mar 15
    Mystic River (movie) – watched Apr 10
  9. Sin City: the Hard Goodbye (Vol. 1) by Frank Miller – finished Mar 29
    Sin City (movie) – watched Apr 29
  10. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – finished Apr 4
    The Notebook (movie) – finished Aug 4
  11. Watchmen by Alan Moore – finished May 23
    Watchmen (movie) – watched Aug 3
  12. Fried Green Tomatoes by Fanni Flagg – finished May 27
    Fried Green Tomatoes (movie) – watched May 28
  13. Atonement by Ian McEwan – finished June 1
    Atonement (movie) – finished July 12
  14. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis – finished July 2
    Prince Caspian (movie) – watched January 2009
  15. Marley and Me by John Grogan – finished July 25
    Marley and Me (movie) – watched April 2009
  16. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – finished August 23
    Memoirs of a Geisha (movie) – watched October 2009
  17. Generation Kill by Evan Wright – finished October 8
    Generation Kill (mini-series) – watched in August 2009
  18. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje – finished October 25
    The English Patient (movie) – watched September 2009
  19. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Haris – finished May 24
    True Blood: Season 2 (TV series) – finished September 2009
  20. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier – finished June 20
    Cold Mountain (movie) – watched December 16, 2009
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – finished Mar 27
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (movie)
  • 300 by Frank Miller – finished Apr 18
    300 (movie)
  • Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons – finished Apr 18
    Ellen Foster (movie)
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean – finished July 21
    A River Runs Through It (movie)

Tentative Goal: 20 books and movies/tv shows



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