Monday, May 28, 2007

4 days and counting...

Have you got that list in order?
What about substituting a couple of movies?


I promised Working Words 100 that 2, set-in-the-South, movies might be substituted for one book. It might really be fun to pair the same Southern book with movie for a full-family, literature-based, activity. I’m big on reading aloud and think To Kill a Mockingbird would be an awesome, summer experience.

Book-2-movie list which compliments our SRC theme:


All the King’s Men
Any John Grisham such as The Firm and A Time to Kill
Because of Winn-Dixie
Big Fish
Cape Fear
Cold Mountain
The Color Purple
Deliverance
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Forrest Gump
Fried Green Tomatoes
Gone with the Wind
The Great Santini
In the Heat of the Night
Last Picture Show
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
My Dog Skip
The Notebook
Terms of Endearment

(play-2-movie) Any Tennessee Williams such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see a number of your readers have mentioned author Terry Kay.Around 1990 a movie came out by Hallmark based on his book To Dance with the White Dog.I never read the book but the movie was great,especially if one enjoys watching a sentimental movie.I think the movie is one that a person should not read much about before watching it,so the storyline can be revealed as one watches the movie.I imagine the book would be a heartwarming read as well.

maggie moran said...

I'm unfamiliar mlh, thanks for the heads-up. Your remark reminded me of another Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler. Will you be participating in SRC?

Debi said...

I almost put Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil on my list. Been wanting to read it for a long time. But I didn't think the guy who wrote it (why can't I think of his name?!!) was Southern. Would this book count? I might have to add it.

maggie moran said...

You are right Debi! John Berendt is a New Yorker, but he captures the characters of the south so well, I'll overlook his northern birth. ;D That is, if you still want to read it...

Anonymous said...

"Fried Green Tomatoes" :)

Anonymous said...

Maggie how about "Sling Blade" and "The Apostle' ?

Kelly said...

Great list!

Kelly said...

This Southern Reading Challenge is a great idea! I would love to join you. I do have three books in mind: A Good Man is Hard to Find, something by Maya Angelou and Tom Sawyer. I'm quite new to the blogging world (just started today, in fact!). I posted my list here: http://misfitfindsherplace.blogspot.com/

maggie moran said...

Paul, thanks for the suggestions. I have FGTs on the list, but the post is cluttered and hard to read. So, sorry...

Now, if I'm not mistaken your other choices aren't based on books. Possibly a book was made after these movies? Sling Blade has a very special subgenre attached to its story, Southern Gothic. We love our haints, and that is what most people think when I say SG, but the genre also includes omnificent idiots. Say a character like Forrest Gump or Boo Radley are perfect examples of this southern tradition. Thanks so much for the contribution! Will I be seeing southern posts on books you've read this summer?

Anonymous said...

Oh some good choices on there. I loved Fried Green Tomatoes! I'm not ready for the challenge yet! Can we get an extra week added onto May or something :)

maggie moran said...

Ew, wouldn't you rather have an extra week in June, Iliana? I know some teachers out there whom might raise their hands to that idea! ;D