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Book Vs Movie “Of Mice and Men”

Book Vs Movie

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s Classic Story Vs the 1992 Adaptation 

The last week in September is “Banned Books Week” and the Margos want to celebrate by talking about one of the most controversial of John Steinbeck’s work– 1937’s Of Mice and Men. Censors have attacked the story for its use of vulgarities (including racist language) and it is listed by the American Library Association’s list of “Most Controversial Books of the 20th Century.” 

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley area of California where he based many of his novels & short stories. Some of his best work includes Cannery Row, East of Eden & The  Grapes of Wrath. He was known as a ‘giant among American letters” and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. 

Of Mice and Men is a story about migrant farmworkers during the Great Depression George Milton & Lennie Small. George is intelligent and thoughtful while Lennie is very large and has some type of mental disability. Different from most migrants, they stick together on their journey with George being the caretaker of his friend who has a habit of crushing small animals by accident and violent outbursts. 

The men travel to Soledad, CA to work at the farm of Curley and his father. Curly is a short brutish man who hates Lennie on sight. Candy is an older worker who wants to join them in their scheme to one day own their own farm & land. The story has a tragic yet predictable ending that has haunted readers for over 80 years. 

The 1992 adaptation was written by Horton Foote (who changes a few things from the original material) and is directed by & stars Gary Sinise. John Malkovich plays Lennie with Sherilyn Fenn playing the part of Curly’s lonely wife who is never given a name. The film made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. 

So which did we prefer between the book and the movie? Have a listen and find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The messy/intriguing life of John Steinbeck 
  • The history of migrant farmers in the 1930s
  • Changes in this adaptation 
  • The “Looney Tunes” version of Lennie
  • The cast including Gary Sinise (George,) John Malkovich (Lennie,) Sherilyn Fenn (Curly’s wife,) Ray Walston (Candy,) Casey Siezmaszko (Curly,) John Terry (Slim,) Joe Morton (Crooks,) Alexis Arquette (Whitt,) and Noble Winningham (The Boss.) 

 

Clips Featured:

  • Of Mice and Men  trailer
  • “George & Lennie at the beginning of the movie” 
  • “Curly’s wife & Lennie in the barn”
  • “Lennie at the end”
  • Music: by Mark Isham

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Book Vs Movie Podcast “Forrest Gump”

 

Book Vs Movie

Forrest Gump”

Yes, it was a book first and WOW are their differences between the two!

The Margos know that life is more and better than a box of chocolates and one of our favorite books to movie adaptations, Forrest Gump, deserves the full Book Vs Movie treatment. Did you not know that it was a book? Well, get ready to hear the story about author Winston Groom’s background and his real feelings about the 1994 film. (Spoiler–he is NOT a fan!)

So just how different is the book from the movie? Well, the book Forrest is a 6’6″ and 240-pounds–large enough to draw attention everywhere he goes just in his appearance below. During his lifetime he is a high school football phenom, joins a folk music band with his on and off sweetheart Jenny (more on her in a bit!), joins the army and serves in Viet Nam, is a ping pong champion in China and then works for NASA.

Want more? How about the fact he winds up in the stranded in a jungle for years, has an orangutan for a companion, dabbles in chess, becomes a professional wrestler called “The Dunce,” is a stuntman who runs into a naked Raquel Welch, and eventually he winds up running a shrimp business in honor of his deceased friend Bubba.

The book is a heck of a ride, let’s just say.

And most of the characters you know from the film are featured in the book but are very different in attitude and behavior. For example, Forrest lifelong love Jenny is much more level-headed in the novel and “Momma” is not nearly as sweet as Sally Field portrays her in the movie.

There are so many more changes and tons of movie trivia to impart here, so be sure to click on the link at the bottomed to listen to what we think and decide which we like more.

This episode is once again sponsored by Penguin Random House!

New York Times bestselling author Brendan Reichs has created an incredible YA action “Fie Lake” trilogy–first with Nemesis which was described as “Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies” and became an instant hit in 2017. Here we are introduced to the world of Fire Lake and a vast conspiracy involving 64 students and an enormous asteroid threatening all life on earth.

Genesis is the followup to Nemesis and continues with the students struggling to live in a world where morals have no meaning and brute force passes for leadership. It is now available in paperback!

This March will be the launch of the final book in the series–Chrysalis and it is an action-packed conclusion to an amazing series.

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The life and writing career of author Winston Groom and the plot to his follow up novel Gump & Co.
  • How the cast was chosen including Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump,) Sally Field (Mrs. Gump,) Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan Taylor,) Mykelti Williamson (Bubba,) Robin Wright (Jenny,) and Hayley Joel Osment (Forrest Gump Jr.)
  • The fact that there is a “Margo” in this movie! (Margo Moorer plays the maid, Louise)
  • The many changes between book & movie
  • The use of music and popular songs to help move the plot along. (A little too on the nose? Maybe?)
  • A plethora of trivia and behind-the-scenes gossip about the much-lauded film

Clips Featured:

  • Forrest Gump  trailer
  • Young Forrest  (Michael Conner Humphries) and Jenny (Hanna Hall)
  • Young Forrest teaches “Elvis” (Kurt Russel’s voice!) how to dance.
  • Bubba dies in Forrest’s arms
  • Mama Gump dies
  • Outro Music:  On the Road Again by Willie Nelson

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