Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Book Giveaway #2 - Your Favorite Movie

There are a lot of summer movies out there this year. So, this week I'm going to give away a copy of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters to one lucky person who can tell me which movie (that was adapted from a book) is his or her favorite. Getting into the contest is easy.. just follow the steps below. As you probably guessed from the title of my series, my favorite is the 1994 version of Little Women.

I like it because the movie kept with the spirit of the book and only deviated from the plot when necessary. Several of the characters were exactly like I imagined them, particularly Christian Bale in his role as Laurie, Mary Wickes as Aunt March and Kirsten Dunst as young Amy. I was less sure of Winona Ryder (I liked her interpretation but I feel like she's too pretty and cute to really be a perfect Jo) and Susan Sarandon as Marmee (too preachy and almost too sensual for the role).

I feel like the trend toward classic literature-paranormal mash ups is just another way of adapting a well-known book. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is clever, preserving some of Jane Austen's writing and adding the sea monster twist and lore to it. It's a fun read. There are also about twenty pages of drawings that do help to illustrate more far-out episodes of the plot.

Here's what you have to do to get in on the competition:

1. Follow me on Twitter @livinglittlewomen

2. Join my facebook group

3. Post your favorite movie adaptation in the comments section of my blog below.

I'll announce the winner on Friday.


  1. Persuasion. The version with Ciaran Hind and Amanda Root. It is my favourite film ever let alone my favourite adaptation. Plus it has Simon Russell-Beale, IMO one of the greatest living actors, as Charles Musgrove. Mmm, maybe I should watch it again now...


  2. my fave is the 1970 film "Railway Children" with Jenny Agutter as Bobby, Garry Warren as Peter, Sally Thomsett as Phyllis and with Bernard Cribbins as the Station Master, Mr Perks.

    Compared to the more recent remake, again with Agutter but playing the mother this time, the 1970 film is far truer to the book than the remake. It is cringe-makingly honest to the book especially with Perks' birthday where the remake is a bit PC-ish and spoils the innocent motivation of the children.


  3. And congratulations to Helen, who has won this month's giveaway! I will contact you soon for your details. Thanks to Helen and Charlotte for participating!