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Book Vs Movie Podcast

Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that asks the questions "Which was better...the book or the movie?" Spoiler Alert! We give away the main details, uncover the plot points, discuss casting choices and shower with praise (or pummel with snark) as we see fit. Hosts are Margo P. (She's Nacho Mama's Blog) and Margo D. (Creator of Brooklyn Fit Chick.com) and we are not afraid to tell it like it is!
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Mar 23, 2019

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

Cold Comfort Farm”

The Margos Take a Trip to the Countryside with the 1932 novel by Stella Gibbons Vs the 1995 TV Movie Directed by John Schlesinger

 

We have NO idea why it took us so long to finally tackle this charming book and movie--but we are so grateful to the listeners for suggesting this idea to us! The story of 19-year-old Flora Poste (recently orphaned) who comes to Cold Comfort Farm with a pittance of an inheritance who has the gift of helping people achieve their dreams.

In this story, we meet Flora, the unique Strakadder family, Aunt Ada Doom, Mary Smiling, Adam Lambsbreath as she guides them to forget about “something nasty in the woodshed” and enjoy their lives at Cold Comfort Farm.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The interesting life story of author Stella Gibson who wrote over 22 novels and books of poetry but Cold Comfort Farm remained her one and only hit.
  • The social satire of the time (writing about living on farms in England was all the rage in England in the 20s and 30s)
  • Kate Beckinsale's incandescent performance
  • The cast of the movie including Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell and Sir Ian McKellen
  • Plus, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

  • Cold Comfort Farm  trailer
  • Seth Starkadder becomes a movie star
  • Mr. My Bug (Stephen Fry) attempting to woo Flora Poste
  • Ian McKellan preaching “No butter in hell!”
  • Outro Music “Music from Cold Comfort Farm” Robert Lockhart

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Mar 19, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

The Color Purple”

The Alice Walker Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novel Vs the Steven Spielberg Multi-Academy Award Nominated Film

The Margos finally take on the Alice Walker classic The Color Purple which won both the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award in 1983. It went on to be adapted into a film by none of than Steven Spielberg who has appeared on this show several times so we may just have to change our name to the “Steven Spielberg Presents” show soon! (Kidding!)

Celie Harris is our lead character who is African American, poor, uneducated and being raised in America’s south in the early part of the 20th century. Her entire life she is abused by men including her stepfather (from whom she has two children) and then eventually her husband who is only referred to as “Mr” in the book and leaves his three wild children for her to raise.

Celie’s sister Nettie is sent away with a religious couple to a mission in Africa after almost being raped by Mr and the letters they exchange to make up the telling of the rest of the novel.

Spielberg’s movie is sort of the PG-version of what happens in the book with major subplots about lesbianism and the colonialism in Africa barely being hinted or discussed. However, the performances are next level amazing which counts for its multiple Academy Award nominations.

So what are those changes? Which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to hear for yourself!  

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The interesting history of the author Alice Walker including years of feminist activism and her controversial political views these days.
  • How the novel is told in an epistolary form and how it makes it challenging to read at times
  • The road to the adaptation by Steven Spielberg and his rather restrained choices about racism, sexism, child molestation, and adult sexuality  
  • The cast of the movie including Whoopi Goldberg (Celie Johnson,) Danny Glover (Albery “Mr” Johnson,) Margaret Avery (Shug Avery,) Oprah Winfrey (Sofia,) and William E. Pugh (Harpo Johnson)
  • The controversy over how the African American male characters are depicted

Clips Featured:

  • The Color Purple (original trailer)
  • Whoopi Goldberg wins the 1986 Best Actress Golden Globe Award
  • Alice Walker gives her opinion on the film adaptation BBC Desert Island Discs May 19, 2013
  • Sofia confronts Celie
  • Celie meets her children for the first time as adults
  • Outro music Miss Celie’s Blues vocals by Tata Vega

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Margo P. @ShesNachoMama http://thechingonahomesteader.weebly.com/




Mar 16, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

The Stephen King Bonus Ep

With Special Guest Adam Riske (F This Movie)

Two podcasting, movie geeks talk about two classic Stephen King stories

Sleepwalkers” & “Sometimes They Come Back



In this special “Stephen King” ep, Margo D. and Adam Riske who is a contributor to the excellent movie podcast F This Movie, get together to talk about two rather weird Stephen King productions that they both love for nostalgic reasons. Then we wander off into some unexpected pop-culture tangents-- but let's get into the movies first.

Adam begins with 1992’s Sleepwalkers which stars Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, and Alice Krige. King penned the screenplay based on an unpublished story and it is directed by his pal Mick Garris who also helmed King's The Stand and the updated The Shining.

What is this movie about? Well, it has a mother and son who are not only creepy supernatural creatures who feed on virgins and then skip town. They are also involved with each other romantically!  Amick plays his love interest and her parents are played by Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward who played “Ferris Beuler’s” parents (they have since divorced.)

There are all kinds of strangeness with this movie including the herding of cats, a graveyard picnic date scene and an appearance by Mark Hamill! It’s pretty fantastic.

Margo D. chose Sometimes They Come Back which was first featured in King’s collection of short stories Night Shift. The 1991 CBS-TV movie starred Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams and Nicholas Sadler (whom Adam and Margo recall from his famous appearance in a 1990 episode of The Cosby Show.)

Matheson plays Jim Norman, a school teacher who lost his brother to a tragic gang attack and now must face his past as they all somehow show up in his life to raise hell once again.

The original in printed form scared the bejeebus out of a young Margo. The TV adaptation? Not so much but it makes for an amazing discussion with the following topics covered:

  • HBO’s original sex comedy Dream On starring Brian Benben
  • Chanteuse Jane Child and her amazing 90s hit Don’t Wanna Fall in Love
  • Our differing opinions on the upcoming Pet Semetary remake. (Adam is not sure about that one)

Hope you enjoy this different take on our usual Stephen King bonus eps. (Margo breaks out into several giggle fits here.)

You can listen to it using the link below.

Clips used:

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Mar 13, 2019

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

“The Stephen King Storytime Bonus Ep

Special Guest Juliette Miranda

Just a couple of lady podcasters talking about their favorite Stephen King stories

The Breathing Method” & “You Know, They Got a Hell of a Band

 

 

The Stephen King bonus eps do so well for us at Book Vs Movie that we decided to have fun with the format and talk about favorite King short stories/novels/screenplays and works that have necessarily been turned into a movie (or a really cheesy one--stay tuned for those coming up!)

In this ep, Margo D. talks with Juliette Miranda of the amazing Unwriteable Rant podcast and we have a grand old time imbibing our refreshments (Margo enjoys a nice wine out of a can!) while each discussing one our favorite King short stories.

Margo D. starts with the novella The Breathing Method which appeared in the book Different Seasons in 1982. It’s the story that takes place in 1935 and told by Dr. Emlyn McCarron who meets a young pregnant woman named Sandra Stansfield. She is single and determined to have her baby in the most natural way possible and learns the then-new Lamaze method breathing from Dr. McCarron who soon falls a bit in love with her.

The ending of this book scared Margo D. so much that she waited 20 years to attempt it again. It has not been adapted as a film yet but is technically in development with director Scott  Derrickson (Doctor Strange and The Day the Earth Stood Still) attached.

Juliette Miranda then talks about one of her favorite king short stories “You Know, The Have a Hell of a Band” which originally appeared in the 1992 collection of rock and roll based stories--Shock Rock which was edited by Jeff Gelb.

In this story, a bickering couple (King’s specialty!) are hopelessly lost while driving on vacation. They eventually wind up in a town which just happens to be haunted by the ghosts of famous dead musicians such as Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly just to name a few.

Because it is a Stephen King story--things get weird and creepy in no time. There was an adaptation of this story which appeared in the anthology series Nightmares & Dreamscapes and it is--kind of stinky. But it’s also fun and we have a great time discussing what we like about the Shock Rock book as well.

Margo D. also talk about her favorite story Shock Rock--Bob Dylan, Troy Johnson and the Speed Queen by F. Paul Wilson.

Hope you enjoy this different take on our usual Stephen King bonus eps.

You can listen to it using the link below.

Clips used:

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

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Twitter @bookversusmovie www.bookversusmovie.com

Email us at bookversusmoviepodcast@gmail.com

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Margo P. @ShesNachoMama http://thechingonahomesteader.weebly.com/






Mar 10, 2019

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

A Wrinkle in Time”

The Margos Discover that Not All Things Featuring Oprah Are Made of Gold

 

The Margos dive into a children’s classic novel--A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and offer their thoughts on the 1962 novel that spawned four sequels and earned the love of millions of fans all over the world. The story of a plucky 13-year-old heroine (Meg Murry) who is smart, awkward and lonely due to her father missing for over four years has inspired readers for decades to truly be themselves and trust their instincts.

L’Engle won the Newbery Medal in 1962 for her “junior novel” and its fans have been demanding for years a proper adaptation that honors the material. So does the 2018 film directed by Ava Duvernay make the cut? The Margos discuss in this episode which you can listen to using the link at the bottom of this post.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The biography of author Madeleine L’Engle and common themes in her books
  • The changes made in the 2018 movie adaptation
  • The past films of director Ava Duvernay
  • The multiracial casting of the movie including Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, and Chris Pine
  • Plus, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

  • A Wrinkle in Time  trailer
  • “The Gifts” Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Outro Music “Flower of the Universe” Sade

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Mar 3, 2019

 

Book Vs Movie

The Manchurian Candidate”

The Richard Condon Novel Vs. the 1962 John Frankenheimer Cult Classic

 

The Margos have a thing for espionage and intrigue in this ep talking about the Richard Condon 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate which was bought by Frank Sinatra and United Artists films and made into a controversial movie in 1962. Detailing the life of former infantrymen who are brainwashed by the Soviet Union while captured in the Korean War and who later aim to overthrow the United States via a presidential election--it was considered a classic “bad book” by Time magazine (which meant it as a compliment) and seems prescient considering what is happening in politics today.

The story of Major Bennett Marco and Sergeant Raymond Shaw and how deal with recurring nightmares over what they experienced makes up the rest of the book. In short, Shaw can become an assassin when given a “posthypnotic trigger” and his mother is married to Senator Johnny Iselin. She and Ray have an incestual relationship and she is working with the Communists to get her husband elected president.

The movie stars Sinatra as Marco and was directed by John Frankenheimer to little excitement in 1962 (go figure!) One year later President Kennedy was assassinated and the film was pulled from the public with fears it influenced Lee Harvey Oswald who was known to be a regular movie-goer.

The Margos discuss the book and the movie and decide which we like better. (Spoiler--it’s not even close here!) Check out the link below to listen to the episode.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

FOUR DEAD QUEENS by Astrid Scholte

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

 

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process.

Four Dead Queens is one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2019! Get your copy today!

Four Dead Queens is one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2019 and a stand-alone that will answer all of your questions!

You can follow her on social media @AstridScholte and follow the hashtag #fourdeadqueens

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory about the author Richard Condon who went from Hollywood publicist to bestselling author
  • How the brainwashing theme was new in the late 1950s when it was introduced here.
  • The charges of plagiarism that came out years after he died.
  • How Sinatra helped put together a masterpiece of a film by working a short day (Frank never showed up before 11 am on a set!)
  • The cast of the 1962 film including Laurence Harvey (Raymond Shaw,) Janet Leigh (Eugenie Rosie Chaney,) Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin,) James Gregory (Senator Iselin,) Leslie Parrish (Jocie,) and John McGiver (Senator Jordan)
  • Why the film was considered so controversial, it was not considered a classic until a 1987 re-release.

Clips Featured:

  • “I Wanted a Killer” (Angela Lansbury & Laurence Harvey)
  • “52 Red Queens” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
  • “The Killing of Senator Jordan and Jocie” (Laurence Harvey, John McGiver, and Leslie Parrish”
  • “Meeting Rosie on a train” (Frank Sinatra & Janet Leigh)
  • “The Assassination scene” (Frank Sinatra & Laurence Harvey)
  • “The Garden Club Scene”

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