Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge


I've been thinking about hosting a challenge for some time, now. But what sort of challenge?

Earlier this year Sandy Nawrot of You've Gotta Read This and I posted a book/movie review of Jose Saramago's Blindness. It was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. Potential reading challenge idea?

The Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge is based on a simple idea--read a book, see a movie based on the book, include both in your review. Whether yours is a book blog or a movie blog, this could be a way to add some spice to your posts, expand your outlook, have some fun. Mostly, have some fun.

You don't have to write full reviews both the movie and the book. You can write a review of one then add a brief paragraph or just a sentence or two about the other at the end.

Here's how to join:

1. Select a challenge level:
  • Matinee: one book/movie
  • Double Feature: two books/movies
  • Saturday Movie Marathon: four books/movies
  • Film Festival: eight books/movies
  • Festival Jury Member: ten books/movies

2. Copy and paste the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge button to your blog. (Optional. If you don't have a blog, you can still sign-up and play along. You can post reviews here.)

3. Sign up using Mr. Linky below. Please list your challenge level in a comment.

4. Get together a list of books/movies that you plan on reviewing. (Optional. You can just see what comes along during the year if you'd rather.)

I'll post monthly link lists so you can post links to your reviews here and I'll try to feature a few reviews each month.

The challenge will begin on New Year's Day 2010 and will last all year. There will be prizes. I don't know what the prizes will be yet, but expect several. I'm a big fan of giveaways. See here, here and here.

You can double count this challenge with any other challenges you're doing in 2010.

Hope you'll join and play along.....

70 comments:

Alyce said...

This looks like a fun challenge. There are several books I'm planning to read next year that were turned into movies. I'll have to think about which level I want to join at though.

Molly said...

This is such a great idea!! Since I haven't done too well with my challenges so far, I will have to give this one some thought before I decide to sign up. It is very tempting though!

Happy Thanksgiving!

ds said...

Cool idea! I never get to see first-run movies, though :(
Maybe this will be the spark :)
We'll see.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

farmlanebooks said...

This is a fantastic challenge! I have gained a lot from doing this in the past year. I Served the King of England and Persepolis were very interesting as they were both rare examples of where the film was better than the book. I'll be signing up soon.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Oh, you know I'll totally be there! And food for thought...this new Google Wave application? Perfect for those discussion posts that we had. No more e-mailing back and forth. I'm psyched! Let me know if you want an invite!

C.B. James said...

Alyce, I hope you'll join in. You can always change levels. I'm for challenges being fun,not work.

Molly, How about a matinee? Just one book/movie? No pressure. I hope you'll join in. I plan on very low key activity. Read what I want to read. If I like something, I'll check Netflix to see if there's a DVD.

ds, I'm going to do it all via DVD rentals myself. ;-)

Farmlanebooks, There are movies out there that are better than the books. I thought Persepolis was excellent in both forms.

Sandy, I need to check out GoogleWave. It sounds like a great way for my students to work together on papers, too. Please count me in. Any book/movie suggestions?

theliterarystew said...

Are there any specific rules? What if I've already read the book in the past or seen the movie and I just revisit one or the other in 2010. Does that count?

Book Psmith said...

I was also wondering about having already seen the movie. I want to include Revolutionary Road on my challenge list and will watch the movie a second time. Is that ok? Thanks for hosting!

C.B. James said...

theliterarystew, I say yes. As long as you include some mention of both in your post. It's all about having fun as far as I'm concerned.

Book Psmith, Sure. Rereading a book would count as well.

Alyce said...

I've signed up at the Double Feature level.

Lizzy Siddal said...

I always was a fan of Saturday matinees!

Grilsgood said...

I was a fan of Saturday matinees, but only the horror ones..lol Did theymake a lot of Dean Koontz's books into movies???

Elizabeth said...

I'm in - sounds like fun!

KyleeJ said...

I've signed up, but I haven't chosen any books and their movies yet. Soon though.

Shon said...

I'm signing up for the Double Feature level.

Kerri said...

I did a book / movie comparison review of Twilight and really enjoyed it so I've signed up for the challenge. I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for hosting.

theliterarystew said...

I'm in for the saturday level.

Simcha said...

This sounds like a fun challenge. I read a book recently and I've been meaning to watch the movie based on it, but have not gotten around to doing so. Perhaps this challenge will give me the push I need.

hcmurdoch said...

This looks like a lot of fun; I'm in!

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

I am kind of obsessed with this challenge. I'm definitely a Festival Jury Member. I know a couple on my list are going to be movies I saw and never read the book, or vice versa but I can't wait to experience them again.

audiobooklove said...

This sounds fun!

I'm all signed up at the 4 book/movie level!

Megan @ audiobooklove.com

English Teacher said...

This is my first time signing up for something using Mr. Linky so I hope I did it right...?
I am excited to do the challenge! I want to so the Saturday Matinee (4 books/ movies) although I may add more later. I want to add a button to my blog, but also being new to that I am not really sure how. If someone can help I would really appreciate it. You could leave a comment on my blog if that's easiest.

http://thinkingofthink.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

Kals said...

I'm joining this challenge! Yet to decide on the level. Will decide and post about it soon =) Thanks for hosting this!

Care said...

I love book to movies! This is something I do all the time: read the book before seeing the movie. I just saw Midnight Cowboy after reading the book and just ordered the Walter Kirn book Up in the Air to read before that one hits DVD. I'm shooting for the highest level. Thanks!

librarinth said...

Looking forward to this one! I'm aiming for the Saturday Movie Marathon but haven't picked my books yet.

Thanks for hosting!

mel u said...

I just signed up for the Matinee level-it sounds like a fun challenge-if nothing else I can see and review Lovely Bones coming out in Jan-my thanks to Literary Stew to bringing this challenge to my attention.

mel u said...

on Hist-Fic Chick I just found a post from today that lists several famous literary works that will come out as movies in 2010-they include King Lear, The Tempest, Wuthering Heights and one based on the later part of the life of Tolstoy

http://histficchick.blogspot.com/2009/12/historical-movies-to-look-forward-to-in.html

Lindsey Sparks said...

Fun challenge idea! I'll sign up for the Saturday Movie Marathon, although I may move myself up later. I love watching movies based on books I've read.

Ali said...

Great challenge! I'm doing this backwards--I just put a hold on a book with Brokeback Mountain in it. Once I've read the story and rewatched the movie, I'll do my post and then I'll join the challenge. Because I'm feeling commitment-phobic these days. ;-)

jehara said...

what a fun challenge! i am playing at the four book level.

gnoegnoe said...

I've been tempted ever since you posted about your challenge! But I dare not commit (yet) -- I had too many challenges on my plate this year and need to keep myself on a tight leash :\

A problem I have with this challenge is that I'm looking forward to several movies that I've already read the book of... (The Road, In Cold Blood etc.). And that doesn't count, does it?

Of course I do have some recommendations as well: The House of Mirth!!!, To Kill a Mockingbird, Persepolis, the Dexter tv-series :) and oh, did I mention The House of Mirth? ;)

Becky said...

I signed up for the challenge at the film festival level.

dArLyN said...

i'm totally love this challenge..got so many books that adapted into movies..really worth this one..ha!

i've signed up for the Saturday movie marathon... =p

dArLyN said...

sorry, i want to sign up for the film festival.. =p

Susan said...

I haven't been very good at completing challenges so far...okay, I haven't completed ANY! But I'd like to give this one a try, so here goes!

I'm choosing Saturday Movie Marathon. See ya in the funny papers!

annforrester said...

Count me in. I'll be signing up for Festival Jury!

manoferrors said...

I have signed up too. I will aim for ten books/movies over the year. Sometime during 2009 I told my friend it would be cool to have a blog that looked at adaptations. Snap! I won't make a list now - I enjoy tangents too much. Looking forward to it. -JP

Jen said...

I signed up for the Saturday Movie Marathon! :) I don't watch nearly as many movies as I'd like to... but hey, might as well go for it!

Jen said...

Well...actually on further reflection, I think I'm going to stick with the Double Feature. Because I don't watch a lot of movies. :P But I have the book Julie and Julia and am freaking out with excitement for Alice in Wonderland.... so this'll do.

If I meet the goal early, maybe I'll step it up. :)

Chelsea said...

What a great challenge! Any excuse to pair up the literary and cinematic experience! I think I'm going to have to stick with the 'Saturday Movie Marathon' level, but who knows - more couldn't possibly hurt!

Kris@Bookheart said...

I love book/movie challenges! I'm signing up for Saturday Movie Marathon, with a possibility of moving to a higher level later on :)

Michelle said...

I signed up for this challenge with Mr Linky, but just never got around to leaving a comment here.

I'm committing to the Double Feature level, but I'm hoping to go at least a level up as the year progresses.

Looking forward to the challenge proper.

Oh, and Happy New Year 2010!

krin said...

I'm in - Double Feature:

My list

beachreader said...

I'm in. Double feature challenge level

Mrs. DeRaps said...

What a fun challenge! And, it's something I try to do anyway, so now I just need to write about it.

I'm not sure what level I'd like to pursue, but I already have a post in mind. Thanks for the inspiration!

Justine said...

I'm going for the film festival level! This is a great idea - thanks very much for hosting

Margaret said...

I'm so totally in for this. I love movies based on books. This should be fairly easy.

Andrea said...

Great challenge! I'm joining a little bit late.

thetruebookaddict said...

I actually started your challenge last week, but just now getting around to doing my post. This is a great challenge! Thanks!

Aleksandra said...

Hi! I signed up! Great challenge & thanks for hosting it!
I was just wondering if the bbc mini series like "North & South" which is in 4 parts & other similar, may be included or does it have to be a movie? Thanks...

C.B. James said...

Aleksandra, Television shows and mini-series count. Even a play would count. It's all for fun. So go ahead and make the challenge anything you want it to be. ;-)

Aleksandra said...

Ok, thanks :D

Jillian said...

I'll love to join!
Level: Festival Jury Member

here's my book blog: jillmrayearth.blogspot.com

Buried In Print said...

What a great challenge! I'll commit to a Matinee for 2010 (The Stone Angel, novel by Margaret Laurence), but if this comes around again, I'd love to aim for the Festival Juror level! My blog is here. I'm looking forward to this!

Vellum said...

I'm aiming for Saturday Movie Marathon :) I have already decided on three of the books I will be attempting and leaving a blank for the fourth one and I'll see what strikes my fancy later on in the year :)

Thanks for hosting such an awesome challenge :)

pinuccia said...

Hello!

Although I am a late-comer to book-blogging world, I wanna join your challenge. I want to so the Saturday Matinee (4 books/ movies).

Thanks for hosting.

Bibliobabe said...

I posted a page with ALL current reading challenges. Let me know if you want me to add any other information about yours. I hope it brings even more readers to your challenge!
Reading Challenges.

Rachelle (Bibliobabe)

tanabata said...

I hope it's not too late to join but I decided I couldn't resist. I'm signing up for the Double Feature, to keep it low-stress, but hope to read and watch more than that. Thanks for hosting!

bokunosekai said...

I've just found out about this challenge, so I hope I'm not too late.

I will try to reach Festival Jury Member because I'm both excessive reader and movie goer :)

But some of the movie and book will be written in separate post (especially for books by Stephen King)

Dan said...

Hope its not too late to join. I would like to enter at the Saturday Movie Marathon level..

thevanishinglake said...

Me too, Dan! I've just discovered this and I think it's a great idea. & I'd also like to have a go at the Saturday Movie Marathon level.

asiacan said...

Count me in for the Saturday Movie Marathon!

Alexandra said...

Hi! I'm a very recent book blogger (although long-time lurker. I'd like to participate please.

Level: Film Festival

Thanks,
Alex
http://thesleeplessreader.wordpress.com/

CaRiiToO said...

hey, i'll enter to the Festival Jury Member: ten books/movies

awesome idea!

PeachyTO said...

I'm so excited about this challenge! I have signed up for the Saturday Movie Marathon level. I look forward to reading everyones reviews.

Good luck to all.

baroque-tragedy said...

This looks like an amazing amount of fun!

I choose the Double Feature: 2 books, 2 movies.

Donna said...

I've signed up for the Saturday Movie Marathon. This is so much fun, something tells me I'll exceed the requirements. But, for the next level (8 books/movies) I should have started earlier in the year.

rippleeffects said...

Guess I'm half a year late... but upon high recommendation from ds, I'm signing up now, in July. I've been posting about 'book into film' for the past three years on my blog Ripple Effects, but for your challenge, I'll definitely write some new ones. It's good to share such fun with so many.

From now until the end of the year, I'll try to do a double feature or maybe Saturday Movie Marathon... all new entries. But if anyone is interested, all my previous posts can be found here:
http://en.wordpress.com/tag/book-into-film/

Arti

Stephany said...

I'm trying the Saturday Movie Marathon. This is a really cool idea; it gives me more of an excuse to read books that movies I like are based on.

LifetimeReader said...

How exciting! I'm planning a big reading project stating 1/1/11--and
I've been hoping to watch some of the movies made of the classic books
I'm about to read. I do hope you'll continue this for 2011! I love
reading all the entries.