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Popcorn and a Book: The Host

Popcorn and a Book: The Host

The Book: 2008 Written by Stephenie Meyer The Film: 2013 Directed by Andrew Niccol (Chockstone Pictures) This past week, along with the lovely ladies from Book Club, I went to see The Host in theatres. I had heard mixed things about it but avoided specific details—I wanted to go in with an open mind. The … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Cinderella

The Book: 1812 (revised 1819) “Cinderella” from Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm The Film: 1950 Cinderella directed by Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson (Disney) 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story directed by Andy Tennant (Twentieth Century Fox) Most people are familiar with the story of Cinderella in one form or another (according to … Continue reading

Jack the Giant Slayer, and the Evolution of Stories

Jack the Giant Slayer, and the Evolution of Stories

If you have ever read a collection of bedtime stores, chances are you have come across the story of Jack and his magic beans, whether it was entitled “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Jack the Giant Killer” or some other variation. Whatever version fell into my hands, this tale was never one of my favourites—I tended … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Rapunzel

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Rapunzel

The Book: 1812 “Rapunzel” from Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm The Film: 2010 Tangled directed by Nathan Greno and Bryan Howard (Disney) Did you know that rapunzel is a kind of lettuce? I didn’t until reading the Grimm’s version of “Rapunzel.” In fact, the story was quite different then I remember it. … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book (21): The Hobbit

Popcorn and a Book (21): The Hobbit

The Book: 1937 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (HarperCollins; originially published by George Allen & Unwin) The Film: 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey directed by Peter Jackson (New Line Cinemas and MGM) ***WARNING: SPOILER ALERT*** The Hobbit was the movie to see this winter, in my mind. Not having read the book since I … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book (19): Breaking Dawn

The Book: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer(2009); published by Little, Brown & Company The Films: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 directed by Bill Condon (2011) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 directed by Bill Condon (2012) ***WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!*** In the last “Popcorn and a Book” I took on the … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book (17): The Wizard of Oz

The Book: 1900 Written by L. Frank Baum; originally illustrated by W.W. Denslow (originally published by George M. Hill Company as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) The Film: 1939 Directed by Victor Fleming (MGM) We all know the story. A young girl from Kansas named Dorothy and her little dog Toto are swept up by a … Continue reading