Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Sunday Salon (2)

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!


Reading Challenges
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!

11 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I must say that (1) I agree with you and (2) I agree with you and (3) I agree with you. A little more clarification: (1) Books always before movies. (2) Please don't mess with books. (3) Challenges are fun.

I'm attempting a few ongoing challenges (trying to read all the 1001 Children's Books, for example).

My Sunday Salon: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2011/01/sunday-salon-unbroken.html

S. Leighanne said...

I'm glad that you agree!

I'm in the middle of about 5 challenges I think right now. Something like that.

And, I just started following your blog! :]

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Ha ha, I have to agree with you (and Deb Nance) on all points.

Esp. -- no, don't mess with the classics, but, they are in the public domain, and can be manipulated (look at all the Jane Austen mash-ups and mix-ups). The group who wrote/pubbed this should not be allowed to change the text and call it HUCK FINN by Mark Twain ... because it's not! We should feel uncomfortable while reading HUCK FINN, that's what Twain intended.

Great Thoughts said...

Great post about the classics!
Andrea
www.greatthoughts.com

Florinda said...

What Dawn said about the Huck Finn revision. Change the language that way and you should have to change the name too - it's not the book Mark Twain wrote.

I'm actually not a stickler for books before movies. I've seen movies that I didn't even know were based on books before I saw them, and they've made me want to go back and read the books! (And I actually prefer the LotR movies to the books...shh!)

Molly said...

I can ditto Deb Nance as well :)

I am ashamed to admit that I have to read the LOTR trilogy (mostly because I am not a fan of fantasy) but I made the conscious decision to watch the movies first. I think I might be better able to follow this story if I have a general idea of who the characters are and where they are headed. So far I have completed the Fellowship of the Ring and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - I greatly appreciate it.

Gypsi said...

Totally agree! I have become a NO books-to-movies period person. I'm always disappointed. LOTR series was not bad, but I was still disappointed.

Also, like you, I just plain can't stand to sit and look at flashing pictures that long! I'd much rather read the book. :P

Hope you love LOTR as much as I do. So fantastic!

Molly said...

I can ditto Deb Nance as well :)

I am ashamed to admit that I have to read the LOTR trilogy (mostly because I am not a fan of fantasy) but I made the conscious decision to watch the movies first. I think I might be better able to follow this story if I have a general idea of who the characters are and where they are headed. So far I have completed the Fellowship of the Ring and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - I greatly appreciate it.

Great Thoughts said...

Great post about the classics!
Andrea
www.greatthoughts.com

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Ha ha, I have to agree with you (and Deb Nance) on all points.

Esp. -- no, don't mess with the classics, but, they are in the public domain, and can be manipulated (look at all the Jane Austen mash-ups and mix-ups). The group who wrote/pubbed this should not be allowed to change the text and call it HUCK FINN by Mark Twain ... because it's not! We should feel uncomfortable while reading HUCK FINN, that's what Twain intended.

S. Leighanne said...

I'm glad that you agree!

I'm in the middle of about 5 challenges I think right now. Something like that.

And, I just started following your blog! :]

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