Book Vs Movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”

Book Vs Movie

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

The 1987 Fannie Flagg Novel Vs the 1991Classic Film

“Towanda!” It’s Pride Month here in the States so the Margos decided to revisit a classic Book Vs Movie ep–Fried Green Tomatoes and redo it altogether. We loved talking about Fannie Flagg (a regular of game shows like Match Game for years) and the BIG questions from the book & movie

    1. Who is Ninny Threadgoode, exactly?
    2. Are they or aren’t they? (Spoiler–they are!)

At the time, there were major films that had a lesbian romance that was front & center to the plot. Many folks were confused as to the exact nature of the relationship between Idgie Threagoode and Ruth Jamison. (Just take a look over at Good Reads and you will still find confusion on that!)

However, the Margos get right into the relationship between our leads plus the other cast of characters including Evelyn Couch, Sipsey, Big George, Smokey Lonesome and Buddy Threadgoode. There is so much southern goodness here, you will be craving fried green tomatoes when you are done listening to our show!

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The intriguing life story of Fannie Flagg and her passionate feminism
    • The controversial nature of Ruth and Idgie’s relationship as it is described in the book and film
    • Why Margo D. is terrified of bees
    • The one plot point in the movie that drives Margo P. crazy!

Clips Featured:

    • “Towanda” crashes her car
    • Idgie on trial for Frank’s murder
    • Idgie and Big George rescues Ruth
    • Outro music by Thomas Newman

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Book Vs Movie “Call Me By Your Name” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Call Me by Your Name” (Replay)

The 2007 Andre Aciman novel Vs

the 2017 Luca Guadagnino Film

The Margos are feeling 80s and dreamy with this episode talking about Call Me by Your Name. The book came out in 2007 to quite a bit of acclaim for the American/Egyptian author Andre Aciman which tells the story of a 17-year-old Elio Perlman who meets and falls in love with 24-year-old Oliver during a stay in Italy in the summer of 1987.

Elio is open about his bisexuality and is immediately attracted to Oliver–to the point he can’t seem to focus on anything but their common Jewish ancestry and Oliver’s possible interest in him.

The film was adapted by Italian director Luca Guadagnino and the Margos compare and contrast between the book and movie.

So between the book and movie, which did the Margos like more? Click on the link below to find out.

In this episode the Margos discuss :

    • The backstory of author Andre Aciman
    • The basic plot of both book & movie and where we noticed difference them
    • The music choices in the movie
    • The cast of the movie including  Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
    • The Academy Award nominations the film earned
    • Bringing back the expression “later!”

Clips Featured:

    • Call Me By Your Name audiobook intro by Armie Hammer
    • Call Me Your Name  trailer
    • The scene with Oliver (Armie Hammer) and Elio (Timothee Chalamet) “touching” for the first time
    • Mr. Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) gives the film’s last speech
    • Outro Music “Love My Way” by The Psychedelic Furs

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Book Vs Movie “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”

Book Vs Movie

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Story Behind the 2008 Novel & the 2018 Movie

Are you ready for a little 1940s weepy? The Margos sure are as they talk about the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that was started by Mary Ann Shaffer who brought on her niece Annie Barrows to help her finish when she became ill. Shaffer spent some time fogged in at the airport on the island of Guernsey which is located by the English Channel.

After checking their local bookstore she found out the island was occupied by the Germans in World War 2 and she became obsessed with the idea of placing a historical fiction story based there.  The novel is told in an epistolary format and features an array of intriguing characters who come together under terrible circumstances and create their own magical world.

Taking place in 1946, London-based writer Juliet Ashton is stymied on what to write after her last book was a disappointment in sales. After starting a correspondence with a group of book club members based in Guernsey she impulsively decides to visit the island and her life is upended by the power of love.

The film is from director Mike Newell and at the time of this recording, is streaming on Netflix.

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The backstory of how Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows collaborated to bring the novel to life.
    • The true story of the German occupation of the island of Guernsey.

Clips Featured:

    • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (original trailer)
    • Opening Scene with Elizabeth, Eben, Isola, and Dawsey
    • Dawsey explains how and why Elizabeth was captured
    • Mark visits Elizabeth in Guernsey
    • Outro music Dawsey’s First Letter by Alexandra Harwood

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Book Vs Movie “Rebecca” (Replay), Plus some “Margo” news!

Book Vs Movie Podcast (Replay)

Rebecca

The Classic 1938 Novel by Daphne du Maurier Vs. the 1940 Film

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Margos are dreaming about Manderley in this listener-suggested episode–Rebecca. The Daphne du Maurier 1938 novel which was a bestseller at the time and has never been out of print. In 1940–Alfred Hitchcock adapted it as his first American feature.  (You can watch it on YouTube!)

Du Maurier is a fascinating subject as she was a cousin of the Llewelyn Davies boys who were the object of the obsession of J.M. Barrie–the creator of Peter Pan. The Margos talk about her love of Cornwall, England, her distaste for small talk and how her marriage resembled the one featured in Rebecca.

We decided to visit again due to the news that new poems written by DuMaurier have been discovered.

The book & movie are both considered classics and we have all of the tidbits, trivia and behind the scenes gossip.  Get ready for a gothically good time!

In this episode the Margos discuss :

    • Du Maurier’s backstory (and rumors about her plagiarizing materials)
    • The main plot of book & movie (and how they differ)
    • The style (and temper) of Alfred Hitchcock
    • The casting of the movie including Sir Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson and George Sanders
    • The gay subtext in the movie
    • The different endings between book and movie

Clips Featured:

    • Rebecca  trailer
    • “Mrs. de Winter” (Joan Fontaine) meets Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson)
    • Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca’s nightgown
    • Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) confesses her never loved his late wife
    • “Theme to RebeccaFranz Waxman

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Book Vs Movie “It Chapter 2” Review of the New Trailer

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

Stephen King Bonus Ep: “It Chapter 2″ Trailer Review

Plus, Replay of Our 

 “It 2017 Review!”

Stephen King’s It Chapter 2 is the focus of this special bonus ep of the Book Vs. Movie podcast! Margo D. and Deana Marie of the Twisted Philly podcast checked out the newly released trailer and have thoughts about what to expect from the new movie. (Oh wow-do we have thoughts about this!

Plus, we replay our 2017 review of the first movie and discuss the 1986 novel.

We also gave our picks for who should be in the adult cast set to film next year. (At least one of them turned out to be true!)

The podcast clip is at the bottom of this post but here are the basics of this week’s show:

    • Main differences between the book and original TV movie (and how that affected the rated-R version of the movie.)
    • How the cast measures up in the 2017 reboot
    • The number of genuine scares in the film
    • Compare and contrast the different Pennywise the Clown
    • What we liked best and worst about the movie
    • “That” last scene in the book versus what has been adapted so far

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Book Vs Movie “Field of Dreams”

Book Vs Movie

Shoeless Joe & Field of Dreams

(Yes, it was based on a novel from 1982!)

Batter up! The Margos are feeling like getting out in the sunshine after all of the months of cold and rain so we are redoing our Field of Dreams ep. (You’re welcome!) Yes, it was based on a book by Canadian author W.P. Kinsella called Shoeless Joe which was published in 1982.

The Phil Alden Robinson-directed movie was released 30 years ago (!) and is now considered one of the best films about baseball of all time. Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella and boy are there HUGE differences between the novel and the movie. Such as–Ray has a twin brother who left home to join the circus and he kidnaps none other J.D. Salinger to take him to a ballgame. (The reclusive writer was famously litigious and therefore his name could not be used on screen.)

In addition to all of that, we offer trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip on one of the most beloved male weepy films ever made.

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins returns with HER ROYAL HIGHNESS – a timely, laugh-out-loud and completely swoon-worthy queer romance about a whip-smart American girl who falls head over heels for a wild-child Scottish Princess.

When Millie Quint scores a free ride to an elite prep school in the Scottish Highlands, she has no idea she’ll be rooming with Flora, the wild-child princess of Scotland. At first, they can’t stand each other, but before long Millie and Flora are… well, not enemies. And definitely more than friends. But they know that the Scottish nobility – not to mention the Scottish people – may not accept a relationship between their princess and a girl, and an American at that. After all, real life isn’t a fairy tale… or is it?

This standalone companion to the 2018 hit Prince Charming, is the ultimate summer read for fans of The Royal We, Becky Albertalli, and Meg Cabot. From the gorgeous Scottish setting to the will-they-won’t-they love story, from the hilarious mishaps and witty banter to the classic “down-to-earth American dropped into the world of royals” plotline, there’s a little something for everyone—including those who are obsessed with the royal family, and anyone who loved early 2000’s rom-coms like The Prince and Me, What A Girl Wants, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and The Princess Diaries.

So whether you’re poolside, on a beach, on a plane, or in between Netflix binges, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS is the perfect escape: a breezy read that will keep you laughing and swooning from cover to cover

Read the entire series—on sale now wherever books are sold. And you can follow @PenguinTeen for more great reads.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The life of author W.P. Kinsella and his reaction to the movie adaptation
    • The numerous ways the book and movie are different

Clips Featured:

    • Field of Dreams (original trailer)
    • “Annie sticks up for freedom” (Madigan)
    • “People will come, Ray” (Jones, Costner, Hoffman, and Busfield)
    • “Ray meets his father” (Costner, Liotta, Madigan, and Brown)
    • Outro music Shoeless Joe  by James Horner

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Book Vs Movie “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

Book Vs Movie

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”

The 2001 YA Classic Novel Vs. the Beloved 2005 Movie

We needed a break here from the intense and decided to dip back into the YA novel waters with the lovely first installment (of five!) of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants from author Ann Brashares and what a delight it is!

In this episode, the Margos talk about the main plot points in the book with the characters of Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Creeland and Carmen Lowell and their unique friendship. It’s such a sweet, loving tale–we can’t stop gushing about it!

What’s not to love about this story, really? It has strong female characters, an interesting premise, summer vacation locales, real family issues and a great message about keeping your friends close and embracing every wonderful opportunity that comes your way.

We compare all of this with the 2005 film directed by Ken Kwapis and stars Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively.

So between the novel and the movie–which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

All for One  (Book three of the “Alex & Eliza Trilogy“) by Melissa De La Cruz

    1. New York, New York.

As a young nation begins to take shape, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler are on top of the world. They’re the toast of the town, keeping New York City buzzing with tales of their lavish parties, of Eliza’s legendary wit, and of Alex’s brilliant legal mind.

But new additions to Alex & Eliza’s little family mean change is afoot in the Hamilton household. When they agree to take in an orphaned teenage girl along with Eliza’s oldest brother, John Schuyler, Eliza can’t help but attempt a match. It’s not long before sparks start to fly . . . if only Eliza can keep herself from interfering too much in the course of true love. After all, she and Alex have an arrival of their own to plan for, though Alex’s latest case brings a perilous threat that may destroy everything.

Read the entire series—on sale now wherever books are sold. And you can follow @PenguinTeen for more great reads.

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The backstory of author Ann Brashares
    • The way sadness, family, and sexuality are discussed in both the book and movie
    • The major differences between the book and the film
    • The amazing chemistry between the leads in the movie
    • How much we now want to travel to Greece!

Clips Featured:

    • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (original trailer)
    • Carmen ( Ferrera) confronts her father (played by Bradley Whitford) about abandoning her

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Book Vs Movie “The Godfather” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

The Godfather”

The Margos Leave the Gun and Take the Cannolis in this Ep

We are here to make an offer you can’t refuse–a redo of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. The Margos originally covered this book and movies (well, really movies) three years ago when we were both fighting the flu.  The result was kind of a meandering mess which we have always been embarrassed by vowed to redo one day as the material calls for nothing less than our best efforts.

This episode is a reflection of our years of fondness for the material and how far we have come along as podcasters. The 1969 novel by Puzo is a real treat to discuss and who doesn’t love talking about Marlon Brando and Al  Pacino? You can listen to the episode in the link below.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

    • The backstory of author Mario Puzo and why he felt compelled to tell the story about a mafia family even though he had no expertise on the subject.
    • The many, many ways the book is different from the two movies it is based on.
    • Why Francis Ford Coppola has such a complicated history with these films.
    • The cast of the movie including Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert DeNiro, Talia Shire, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton.
    • Our favorite scenes from both films
    • Plus, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

    • Author Mario Puzo & Screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola talk about The Godfather script
    • The Godfather  trailer
    • Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) making deals on his daughter’s wedding day
    • Moe Green (Alex Rocco) with Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and Fredo Corleone (John Cazale)
    • Outro Music “Theme to the Godfather” Carmine Coppola

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Book Vs Movie “Cold Comfort Farm” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie (Replay)

Cold Comfort Farm”

The Margos Take a Trip to the Countryside with the 1932 novel by Stella Gibbons Vs the 1995 TV Movie Directed by John Schlesinger

We have NO idea why it took us so long to finally tackle this charming book and movie–but we are so grateful to the listeners for suggesting this idea to us! The story of 19-year-old Flora Poste (recently orphaned) who comes to Cold Comfort Farm with a pittance of an inheritance who has the gift of helping people achieve their dreams.

In this story, we meet Flora, the unique Strakadder family, Aunt Ada Doom, Mary Smiling, Adam Lambsbreath as she guides them to forget about “something nasty in the woodshed” and enjoy their lives at Cold Comfort Farm.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

    • The interesting life story of author Stella Gibson who wrote over 22 novels and books of poetry but Cold Comfort Farm remained her one and only hit.
    • The social satire of the time (writing about living on farms in England was all the rage in England in the 20s and 30s)
    • Kate Beckinsale’s incandescent performance
    • The cast of the movie including Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell and Sir Ian McKellen
    • Plus, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

    • Cold Comfort Farm  trailer
    • Seth Starkadder becomes a movie star
    • Mr. My Bug (Stephen Fry) attempting to woo Flora Poste
    • Ian McKellan preaching “No butter in hell!”
    • Outro Music “Music from Cold Comfort Farm” Robert Lockhart

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Book Vs Movie “The Color Purple”

Book Vs Movie

The Color Purple”

The Alice Walker Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novel Vs the Steven Spielberg Multi-Academy Award Nominated Film

The Margos finally take on the Alice Walker classic The Color Purple which won both the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award in 1983. It went on to be adapted into a film by none of than Steven Spielberg who has appeared on this show several times so we may just have to change our name to the “Steven Spielberg Presents” show soon! (Kidding!)

Celie Harris is our lead character who is African American, poor, uneducated and being raised in America’s south in the early part of the 20th century. Her entire life she is abused by men including her stepfather (from whom she has two children) and then eventually her husband who is only referred to as “Mr” in the book and leaves his three wild children for her to raise.

Celie’s sister Nettie is sent away with a religious couple to a mission in Africa after almost being raped by Mr and the letters they exchange to make up the telling of the rest of the novel.

Spielberg’s movie is sort of the PG-version of what happens in the book with major subplots about lesbianism and the colonialism in Africa barely being hinted or discussed. However, the performances are next level amazing which counts for its multiple Academy Award nominations.

So what are those changes? Which version did the Margos like better? Check out the link below to hear for yourself!  

In this ep the Margos discuss:

    • The interesting history of the author Alice Walker including years of feminist activism and her controversial political views these days.
    • How the novel is told in an epistolary form and how it makes it challenging to read at times
    • The road to the adaptation by Steven Spielberg and his rather restrained choices about racism, sexism, child molestation, and adult sexuality  
    • The controversy over how the African American male characters are depicted

Clips Featured:

    • The Color Purple (original trailer)
    • Alice Walker gives her opinion on the film adaptation BBC Desert Island Discs May 19, 2013
    • Sofia confronts Celie
    • Celie meets her children for the first time as adults
    • Outro music Miss Celie’s Blues vocals by Tata Vega

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