TTT: Movies

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Movie Freebie”

I’ve never been a stickler for reading the book first. In fact, given that the book is usually better, reading the book first can often ruin an otherwise good movie experience. And a good, or even a bad, movie can lead you to a great book, which can lead you to a great author! So, here’s a list of movies that led me to some of my favorite authors:

Jane Austen

L. M. Montgomery

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket

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Mini Reviews (22) – A Few More Austens

  1. The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz
    ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
    There are a few wonderful lines (see yesterday’s post), but overall I was very disappointed in this book. Horowitz did her best at putting the plot of Jane Austen’s Persuasion in a modern context, but she forgot to keep the characters’ charm. Also, there is a so much fat shaming in this book! There is an entire chapter dedicated to describing a character who 1) isn’t in Persuasion, 2) isn’t in the rest of this book (except for a brief telephone conversation), and 3) is fat (I know this because the author said it repeatedly).
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Mansfield Park will never be my favorite Austen, and this dramatization is unevenly adapted, but with this amazing cast, it was a joy!
  3. Pride & Prejudice : A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Perfect! My favorite is #10.
  4. Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jack and Holman Wang
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Utterly adorable!

Austen in August (4) – Goodnight Mr. Darcy

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I bought myself a copy of Goodnight Mr. Darcy: A BabyLit® Parody Picture Book by Kate Coombs and Alli Arnold as a birthday gift. I adore Pride and Prejudice and Goodnight Moon, so this picture book seemed like a no brainer. It is (almost) as adorable and charming as I hoped it would be!

Alli Arnold did a fabulous job of parodying Clement Hurd’s original illustrations, as you can tell from the covers:

Kate Coombs’ parody of Margaret Wise Brown’s text wasn’t quite as successful. The rhyming scheme and cadence of the words is off at times, so it doesn’t flow as well as the original, especially when read aloud. However, I did love a few of the substitutions that were made. Mr. Bingley turned to mush was my favorite!

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If you love Goodnight Moon, here are a few other parodies to try:

Goodnight Goon: a Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

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Goodnight Forest Moon by Noah Dziobecki