The Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge runs from January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010 and there are 5 different levels in which to participate:
- Matinee: one book and one movie
- Double feature: two books/two movies
- Saturday movie marathon: four books/four movies
- Film festival: eight books/eight movies
- Festival jury member: ten books/ten movies
I think I will shoot for the Double Feature. While we do not have to pre-select our choices, I do have a couple of ideas: I re-read Pride and Prejudice every year with my Brit Lit class, but I must confess that I have never seen the Colin Firth version of the film. I would like to do that this year. Also, to piggy back on the Flashback Challenge, I would like to read Little Women and watch the movie version with Susan Sarandon and Wynona Ryder.
While the potential selection of book/movie tie-ins is virtually endless, C. B. does offer some suggestions if you are stumped.
This is a great challenge for me for two reasons. First of all, I live by the adage, "read the book before you see the movie." I try to instill in students that this is SO important as the book allows your own imagination to soar -- whereas the movie is just the director's interpretation of the story. A book not only engages your visual faculties, but your mental faculties as well.
The other reason why this is a good challenge for me is that I very rarely watch movies (in fact, I have usually fall asleep). However, I realize that we are in a media society which is digitally driven. If I hope to truly relate to my students (and my own children for that matter), I need to start watching movies. Perhaps if I take this step of compromise, they will be more willing to pick up a book. Well, a girl can dream, can't she?