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Book vs. Movie: The Thin Man

 The Movie: Starring Myrna Loy and William Powell (1934)

I’m starting with the movie because, like so many of these pairings, that’s what I fell in love with first.  How much do I love this movie (and all of its sequels)?  I own the box set.  I’ve watched it more times than I can count.  I love it so much that when rumors started circulating that there was going to be a remake with Johnny Depp I was filled with a righteous indignation that anyone would dare tamper with my beloved Nick and Nora.

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Book vs. Movie Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

The Book: 1986

This children’s book by Diana Wynne Jones was published in the 1980s when I would have been part of its target audience, but I didn’t discover it until the 2000s.  Nonetheless it quickly became one of my all time favorites.  I don’t think there is an age limit for appreciating Howl’s Moving Castle – it’s one of those books that I turn to when I want something comforting, satisfying, and entertaining, and I always enjoy it no matter how many times I’ve read it before.

Sophie, our heroine, is a timid and rather bored young woman who bemoans her fate as an eldest sister, because in a land where fairy-tales are everyday realities, everyone knows that only younger sisters lead lives of adventure and romance.  But Sophie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste and finds herself magically transformed into an old woman.  Not wanting to face the shock and sympathy of her family, she runs (or rather hobbles) away, determined to seek her fortune and break the curse.  In doing so, she finds herself teeming up with the infamous Wizard Howl whose magical moving castle has been terrifying the inhabitants of her village.

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Book vs. Movie Review: The Hunger Games

The Book: 2008

I jumped on the Hunger Games Bandwagon shortly after the final book was published.  At first I was resistant to the hype because I’ve been burned before (I’m looking at you, Twilight) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I love science fiction, and this book is science fiction that manages to be highly accessible –  no spaceships or aliens, simply a fascinating dark vision of a future American society, adventure, action, and characters that immediately draw you in.

This story reminded me of other literature that I have loved and that’s definitely not a bad thing.  There’s a little bit of Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery, and definitely some Lord of the Flies.  There are many parallels with Battle Royale of course, and all with a modern twist that seems the logical development of our culture’s obsession with reality TV.

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Book vs Movie Review: The Big Sleep

The Book: 1939

I think it took me this long to get around to reading this book because I have never been a mystery fan.  However, after finishing I immediately embarked on a quest to read every single one of Chandler’s books, and when I finished that I started on Dashiell Hammett because I suddenly could not get enough of those hard-boiled detectives.

The Big Sleep introduces Philip Marlowe, Chandler’s iconic detective. The Thrilling Detective sums him up pretty well:  “Philip Marlowe, for better or worse, is the archetypical private eye….He runs a single man operation out of the Cahuenga Building in Los Angeles… he likes liquor, women, reading, chess and working alone… He used to work for the district attorney, but was fired for insubordination, thus starting a cliche that still hasn’t run out of steam.” 

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