Lit Flicks Challenge Begins
It’s finally time to start the Lit Flicks Challenge! If you’re still not clear what this challenge is, you should read this blog more frequently, and read the rules and regulations here.
To be entered in the drawing for the giveaway this month, there are a couple things you can do, each of which will give you an entry. First you should go to the Lit Flicks Challenge page, and sign up under the first Mr. Linky where you’ll link to the post where you list which films/books you’ll be reviewing (remember this list can change at any time). Second, you can sign up for the co-challenge at The Bluestockings book review blog. Third, you can complete the movie and book themed meme at the end of this blog, and post a comment here linking back to your version of it. Additionally, any posts of a reviewed book or film throughout the month will give you an additional entry (meaning you’re not limited to just 5 reviews). Remember, you’re probably watching movies and reading books anyway, why not write about them and get prizes?
Since I have yet to post my list, and since I’m doing my own and Jessica’s challenge, here is my list of five books and five movies I’ll be reviewing over the next few months (click on the title to take you to the film’s trailer on YouTube if it exists):
1. The Road – The novel is written by Cormac McCarthy, and the upcoming film is directed by John Hillcoat
2. Blindness – Written by Jose Saramago/directed by Fernando Meirelles
3. Little Children – Written by Tom Perrotta/directed by Todd Field
4. Choke – Written by Chuck Palahnuik/directed by Clark Gregg
5. A Mighty Heart – Written by Mariane Pearl/directed by John Orloff
Remember to place a link to your list on the official Lit Flicks Challenge page.
Now to start things off, here’s a great meme you should all fill out:
Are you more likely to see a movie if it’s based on a book?
- If the film is based on a well reviewed book from a well reviewed author (like Cormac McCarthy, or Ian McEwan), then I’m more likely to see the movie. If the film is based on something written by John Grisham…that’s a different story.
Do you prefer to read the book first or see the movie first?
- I am usually disappointed by a movie if I see it after I’ve read the book (i.e. The Harry Potter oeuvre).
List one movie that was better than the book it’s based on, and one book that is better than the movie.
- Fight Club had a much tighter and more entertaining ending than the ending to Palahniuk’s Novel. And, while I like to keep the Harry Potter references to a minimum on this blog, the first four movies (yes, those were movies, not films) were a pale, watered-down version of the original stories.
By what factors are you most likely to pick what films you see: the director, cast, writer, critics, trailer?
- Directors are a huge factor in my decision making process, but more important than them even, is the critics. Without rottentomatoes.com, I wouldn’t know what to do.
What directors/actors/writers/critics influence you the most?
- Rollingstone critic Peter Travers and I rarely disagree on film, I take his word as bond and will pretty much see anything he recommends. The list of directors whom I deem important is a very long one, so I won’t list it here.
What film do you love so much you just want to rub it all over you?
- Right now, I’m pretty damn excited about Tell No One. I really do want to rub it all over me (see the review below).
Well, that’s it for the kick off of the Lit Flicks Challenge. Be sure to link to your reviews and participating posts on the Lit Flicks Page! (And feel free to steal the button for your own blog.)