I saw this tag on Kristin Kraves Books (the original creator is Peace, Love, Veggies), and decided to give it a go because astrology is a fascinating esoteric study area (I am a Scorpio, btw). Each of the twelve zodiac signs has its own core personality description, and the headings below roughly reflect these descriptions. For example, the Libra sign is associated with balance in life, and, therefore, below is a request to name a book that is neither good nor bad (an equilibrium between good and bad is reached), and the sign of Leo is associated with power, pride and bravery, and, thus, there is a request below to name courageous characters in a book. As usual, I am not tagging anyone in particular, and everyone is welcome to participate.
I. ARIES – Name a book you’ve read that was full of fire, desire, and passion
Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) by Laura Esquivel
When I think about boundless passion in books, this book by Mexican author Laura Esquivel just pops into my head instantly. Pedro and Tita’s forbidden love in this story is electrifying, and this story is about cooking and delicious food, too (Mexican recipes are included). Continue reading “The Astrology Book Tag”
Since my two recent book reviews were of books that resulted in major films – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and The Night of the Hunter – I have decided to have a go at this book tag about literary adaptations, slightly changing the original book tag seen at Milibroteca (a Spanish language book blog).
I. What is your favourite literary adaptation?
Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient  adapted from the novel of the same name  by Michael Ondaatje.
The English Patient is far from being the most faithful adaptation, but Minghella (The Talented Mr Ripley ) conveyed the spirit and atmosphere of the novel perfectly, and the film boasts great performances from Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Juliette Binoche. The score by Gabriel Yared (Betty Blue ) is one of the most beautiful ever produced, too.
II. What do you consider to be the best book-to-film adaptation?
Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides  adapted from the novel of the same name  by Jeffrey Eugenides.
In my opinion, some of the best ever literary adaptations include Gone with the Wind , Rosemary’s Baby  and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone , but there is still something very special about Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, so I choose that film. It is a beautiful, haunting adaptation which remains largely faithful to the source material. Coppola did an amazing job conveying the suburban claustrophobia and hidden despair and tension of the girls. Continue reading “The Literary Adaptation Book Tag”