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|Andy in West Oz||Posted on Feb 1 2008, 12:48 AM|
| Great concept. Good on 'em!
...and more people reading Sahara!
|oswalder||Posted on Jan 31 2008, 06:48 PM|
| What an interesting idea for a "book club." Definitely a different take on it.
Um... of all the reasons, I think MM as Dirk is probably the least of our concerns.
|DirkPitt||Posted on Jan 31 2008, 02:40 PM|
Everyone's a critic
In this Hampton club, members read books, then watch their film adaptations.
By LISA B. DEADERICK
January 28, 2008
Since they'd read the book first, it was a safe bet what the response was going to be after watching the Matthew McConaughey screen version of Clive Cussler's "Sahara."
"The book was better because it had more detail," said Bernard Sumpter.
The Book 2 Film club meets at the main Hampton Library on Victoria Boulevard once a month.
They pick a book to read, meet up to watch the movie over snacks and discuss the two afterward. A core group of eight tends to meet in the octagonal children's programming room, watching the film projected onto a big screen.
Julie Conway and Susanne Gabriel got some chuckles when one of the characters needed help tying his tie.
"Is it left over right or right over left? Is there something about a rabbit going around a tree?" Steve Zahn asked McConaughey.
The group ranges in age from mid-40s to late 60s, and they have lots of reasons for joining the group: companionship, camaraderie, sharing, meeting new people.
"Wednesday night is my relaxing time, and I love movies and I love books, so this is perfect for me," said Joan Wilson.
"It gives me a chance to get out of the house and be around people in an environment where I'm comfortable," said Audree Broyant.
"When I read a good book, I always want to share it," said Gabriel.
Like the fact that the movie left out a helpful character from the United Nations, and the Abraham Lincoln conspiracy theory, and the back story of the abandoned plane in the desert.
"That tends to happen with a lot of books that are turned into movies. A lot of creative license is taken," said Valerie Gardner, librarian supervisor for the City of Hampton and coordinator of the club, which started in 2005.
While they were watching the film, Conway noticed that the characters kept pulling off a lot of big, heroic stunts and never ate anything or got sunburned or thirsty or tired the way they did in the book.
"Anybody else notice that when Matthew McConaughey did something heroic, you'd hear James Bond type of music playing in the background?" said Joe O'Brien.
They enjoyed the book and were pleasantly surprised by the movie considering it didn't do very well at the box office (it didn't break even, according to some reports) and the critics didn't love it. So, maybe because McConaughey didn't quite pull off the main character, Hollywood has passed on adapting more of Cussler's books into movies?
The group would like that not to be the case.
"If you can make 800 Rocky Balboa's, you can make two or three more of these," said O'Brien.
At least it was exciting to watch, said Gardner.
Now, on to the February selection, which was a tie between "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Someone is going to have to break the tie since no one seems to mind either option.
"'(The) Pursuit of Happyness for me,'" said O'Brien. "I've seen Jack Nicholson smothered by that pillow so many times".
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