Book Vs. Movie is the podcast that ponders the question: "Which was better...the book or the movie?" We spoil away the 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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Bridge to Terabithia (2007) Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, & Katherine Paterson
Book Vs. Movie: The Bridge to Teribithia
The 1977 Classic YA Novel Vs. the 2007 Adaptation
Bring out your tissues! The Margos continue Banned Books Month with the 1977 classic by Katherine Paterson--Bridge to Teribithia. The story of Jess Aarons, a fifth-grade kid who grows up lonely and poor but with an artistic temperament that helps him imagine other places and realities. His life changes when he becomes friends with a new kid, Leslie Burke, a fellow dreamer and misfit who encourages his art and helps him find magic in the woods.
Together, they create a world called Teribithia in the forest to help them deal with feeling alienated from peers and, in Jess’s case--his sad, abusive home. A tragedy befalls them that causes a permanent change in Jess. (Trust us, this will break your heart!)
The 2007 film was co-written and co-produced by David L. Paterson (son of the author who, in real life, lost a friend when he was a child.) The director is Gabor Csupo, and produced by Disney Studios.
Between the book and movie--which did the Margos like better? Have a listen!
In this ep, the Margos discuss:
The true story that the book is based on.The work of Katherine Paterson.The reasons schools ban this work.The differences between the book and movieThe cast of the 2007 film: Josh Hutcherson (Jess Aarons,) AnnaSophia Robb (Leslie,) Bailee Madison (May Belle,) Zooey Deschanel (Ms. Edmunds,) Robert Patrick (Jack Aarons,) Kate Butler (Mary Aarons,) Devon Wood (Brenda Aarons,) Emma Fenton (Ellie Aarons,) Latham Gaines (Bill Burke,) Judy McIntosh (Judy Burke,) Lauren Clinton (Janice Avery,) Cameron Wakefield (Scott Hoager,) Elliot Lawless (Gary Fulcher,) and Jen Wolfe as the teach Ms. Myers.
Jess & Leslie discuss a magic worldLOOTERS podcast promoBridge to Teribithia (2007 trailer)Avoiding Janice on the...
Fahrenheit 451: The Ray Bradbury 1953 Novel Vs the 2018 Michael B. Jordan & Michael Shannon Film
Book Vs. Movie: Fahrenheit 451
The Ray Bradbury 1953 Classic Novel Vs. the 2018 HBO Adaptation
The Margos turn up the heat (get it?) with a look at the 1953 literary classic Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury--a banned book for decades. Inspired by the Cold War and the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigating actors, artists, and writers claiming communism, Bradbury’s work has been controversial since its publication over its depiction of an America that embraces book burning and a total lack of individualism.
The story centers around a “fireman,” Guy Montag, an American in the not-so-distant future whose job is to burn all deemed objectionable books. He seems to live an ordinary life, not questioning his line of work along with his wife Mildred, who is endlessly watching TV screens (“parlor walls”) that contain her “real family.” One day, he meets teenage neighbor Clarisse, who lives a life built on free thinking, which is odd to Guy.
When Clarisse goes missing, and Guy’s wife believes he is behaving suspiciously (when she is not overdosing), we learn he has a big secret. He has been storing away contraband books and starting to read what has before been banned.
The 2018 adaptation is written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and will be the movie we compare to the original material in this episode.
In this ep, the Margos discuss:
The life and work of Ray BradburyThe reasons this novel has been banned over the yearsDid Bradbury believe that censorship was a big issue?The differences between the book and movieThe cast of the 2018 film: Michael B. Jordan (Guy Montag,) Michael Shannon (Captain Beatty,) Sofia Boutella (Clarisse,) Khandi Alexander (Toni Morrison,) Lilly Singh (Raven,) Martin Donovan (Commissioner Nyari,) Andy McQueen (Gustavo,) Dylan Taylor (Douglas,) Grace Lynn Kung (Chairman Mao,) Keir Dullea (Historian,) and Cindy Katz as Yuxie.
Bradbury speaks to what the book is really about (Big hint: Kill your television!)Tim Robbins reads Fahrenheit 451 for Aubile (2018)Fahrenheit 451 (2018 trailer)“I want it to burn”Music: Antony Partos...
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (2023) Judy Blume, Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, & Kathy Bates
Book Vs. Movie: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
JUDY BLUME Y’ALL!!!!!
The Margos begin our annual “Banned Books Month” as always, loving the books and hating why we must feature them. Judy Blume is one of the most successful authors of all time, and her books, some of the most requested to be removed from libraries, make our hearts hurt and fill us with rage!
Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret is a story about an 11-year-old girl, Margaret Simon, who is dealing with issues many of us readers can relate to--feeling anxious, wanting to fit in, unsure of your place in the world, etc. It’s been a classic in YA literature since 1970, and Blume was very particular about its adaptation. The film is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig for Lionsgate films.
Join us in this discussion!
In this ep, the Margos discuss:
The life and work of her majesty--Judy Blume!Why this book is considered too controversial for kidsThe differences between the book and movieThe book Periods, Period. By Alisha Gaddis & Steph Garcia, Illustrations by Desiree NashThe cast of the 2023 film: Abby Ryder Forston (Margaret Simon,) Rachel McAdams (Barbara Simon,) Kathy Bates (Sylvia Simon,) Benny Safdie (Herb Simon,) Elle Graham (Nancy Wheeler,) Amari Alexis Price (Jamie Loomis,) Katherine Kupferer (Gretchen Potter,) Kate McGluggage (Jan Wheeler,) Aidan Wojtak-Hissong (Moose Freed,) Landon S. Baxter (Evan Wheeler,) Echo Kellum (Mr. Benedict,) Zackary Brooks (Phillip Leroy,) Isol Young (Laura Danker,) Mia Dillon (Mary Hutchins) and Gary Houston as Paul Hutchins.
“We’re moving!”Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (2023 trailer)“We must increase our...
Smoke Signals (1998) Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, & Sherman Alexie
Book Vs. Movie: Smoke Signals
The Sherman Alexie Short Story Vs. the 1998 Movie
In this episode, the Margos delve into the acclaimed indie film Smoke Signals, released in 1998. This film was based on a series of short stories by Sherman Alexie in 1993, titled The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. The story follows two young men, Victor Joseph and Tom Builds-the-Fire, who grew up on a Spokane Indian Reservation. It explores the interconnectedness of their families, the perception of Native Americans in mainstream media, and the truth behind Tom's father's death.
Smoke Signals was well-received by critics and audiences alike and was showcased at various film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Gotham Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2018, it was even added to the National Film Registry. Chris Eyre directed the movie, which was based on Alexie's screenplay.
We'll also be discussing our personal preferences between the two. Come and join this discussion.
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In this ep, the Margos discuss:
The controversies of writer Sherman AlexieThe history of how America treats Indigenous people. (Big hint--not great!)The differences between Alexie’s short stories and the filmThe cast of the 1998 film: Adam Beach (Victor Joseph,) Evan Adams (Thomas Builds-the-Fire,) Irene Bedard (Suzy Song,) Gary Farmer (Arnold Joseph,) John Trudell (Randy Peone,) Michael Greyeyes (Junior Polatkin,) Michelle St. John (Velma,) Elaine Miles (Lucy,) Cynthia Geary (Cathy the gymnast,) a href="https://www.instagram.com/perreyreeves/?hl=en" target="_blank"...
Three Days of the Condor (1975) Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, & Sydney Pollack
Book Vs. Movie: Three Days of the Condor
The James Grady Book Vs. the Robert Redford-Starring Movie
The Margos talk about the paranoia-soaked 70s with a discussion about the novel & film Three Days of the Condor starring a dreamy Robert Redford and a luminous Faye Dunaway. The story is about a man who loves to read and works for the CIA and gets sucked into a life-threatening chase between himself and outside forces of the government.
Published in 1974 (the same year Richard Nixon resigned from office), author James Grady used his experience working in politics in his native Montana to weave a tale around everyman Malcolm Ronald, who reads mystery and spy novels and analyzes the plots for the U.S. government. When his entire office is killed in one fell swoop--he goes on the run with his code name, “Condor,” to find a faithful ally to spare his life.
The 1975 movie directed by Sydney Pollack stars a fantastic cast and takes a few liberties with the screenplay (by Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and David Rafiel.)
What are the main differences between the short story and the film? Which version did the Margos like better? Have a listen!
In this ep, the Margos discuss:
The original “Sausage Fest” novelThe politics and news of the 1970s (paranoia aplenty!)The differences between the novel and filmThe cast of the 1975 film: Robert Redford (Joe Turner “The Condor,”) Faye Dunaway (Kathy Hale,) Cliff Robertson (Higgins,) Max von Sydow (Joubert,) John Housman (Wabash,) Addison Powell (Leonard Atwood,) Walter McGinn (Sam Barber,) Tina Chen (Janice Chong,) Jess Osuna (The Major,) Helen Stenborg (Mrs. Russell,) Patrick Gorman (Martin,) and Hansford Rowe as Jennings.
The “Condor” likes to read books!Three Days of the Condor (1975 trailer)The “Condor” calls inFaye Dunaway and Robert RedfordCliff Robertson explains the "game"The last sceneMusic by Dave Grusin
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"But Have You Read the Book?" Special Guest: Kristen Lopez
Book Vs. Movie:
Special Guest, Author Kristen Lopez
"But Have You Read the Book?"
Our special guest, Kristen Lopez, is the film editor for The Wrap and the author of But Have You Read the Book? In this episode, we talk about her favorite book-to-movie adaptations, how she came across this fun project, the latest on the SAG AFTRA strike, the world of Turner Classic Movies, the hotness of Ben Mankiewicz, and the Warner Brothers private collections.
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Ian Watson wrote the screen story for AI Artificial Intelligence and in his memoir Plumbing Stanley Kubrick he tells the story of working with the late director. He has also said many times that the ending was filmed exactly as written and approved by Kubrick.