Edition #2 of the Sunday Salon. Remember that if you want to become a participant, log onto Facebook.com and join the group!
Books V. Movies
I know that there are a lot of people out there that love to watch movies. To me, the movie has to be REALLY good for me to want to sit still for up to almost 3 hours and watch.
I was thinking about it the other day because my one of my book clubs at Goodreads.com recently began the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I'm one of the shameful few that have seen the movies and have not read the books. Now that I'm starting them, I'm breaking one of my own rules: Read the book before the movie.
For me, the book is better to read first. I like to be able to imagine the characters and the settings and the way that their voices would sound, etc. So for instance, I find myself right now imagine Elijah Woods and the rest of the cast as I'm going through LOTR. The movies were phenomenal, so I guess for this one, it really doesn't make a difference. It seems like the casting staff of the movie did a really good job with casting anyway.
So, you my main point of this part of the ramble: How many of you do books before movies or vice versa? Do you enjoy making up the images of the characters in your mind, rather than imagining some actor every time you see them?
The Changing of Huck Finn
I'm sure we've all seen it, its been on the national news, but just in case you haven't, here it is. I have bitched, and bitched and bitched about this to anyone that would listen, so I figured that I should finally put it in my blog, though I am kinda late here.
I think this is one of the most stupid things that I have ever heard. How can you justify changing an American literary classic? Because of a word? Let's really break this down here. I'll be honest, I really hate "the N word." I do, I think that hearing it from someone else mouth today is offensive and completely ridiculous, whether you're black or white. However, let's consider the way that it is used in the book. Its not used as a derogatory term. Its used because in the time that it was written, it was completely normal to use that word to describe a black person. Changing it in text is not going to change that fact. Also, when you think about it, its used in popular culture today. So, how is censoring it going to do anything?
A lot of people think this is a good thing so that the book can be taught it school. I think that you can teach it in school with the original version. I'm sure that 99% of children that would read that book have heard that term before. By having in material being taught, its a chance for a teacher to educate the children on the historical background of it.
I generally hate the morning show The View, but even Whoopi Goldberg, who is African American thinks that its ridiculous.
And now, I will step down off my high horse. What is everyone else's opinion on this matter. I would love to hear what you all have to say!
Okay, I think that 90% of the book blogging community participates in challenges either on Goodreads or the various challenges that different blogs host. I think I'm participating in 4 so far, on top of my overall goal for the year.
Personally, I love the idea of challenges. For me, it gives me more of an incentive to complete things. How many of you participate in challenges, and if so, which ones are they?
Wrap it Up!
Okay, I think that's going to wrap up my Sunday Salon this week. I think I've wasted your time enough (assuming you're still reading!). Happy reading everyone, and enjoy the rest of your week!