Monday, January 9, 2017

Musing Monday - Jan 9


Musing Monday is now hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker It is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK'S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you think about books being made into movies or TV shows and do you always read the book first?

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great week. I've gotten back into work full throttle since the holidays and this week's calendar is jam packed.

I'm currently reading this book by Charlotte Stewart, who played Miss Beadle on the classic television show, Little House on the Prairie. She is the fourth cast member-that I know of--to come out with a memoir. Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls Kendall), and Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) have also written books.


There is a brouhaha in the Laura world over the creative license Michael Landon took with the show based upon Wilder's books. Some Laura fans refuse to watch Little House on the Prairie because of the inaccuracies. I am a Laura fan who appreciates all the different ways Wilder's legacy is celebrated: books, television, fan fiction stories, live productions, and visits to historical sites. 

Did you read the books or watch the show? What do you think?

This conversation also leads nicely into today's question. As long as the productions are done well, I like it when they turn books into television shows and movies. Many times I read the book first, but in the case of Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and The Thorn Birds I saw the television version first and then read the books. In some ways, I prefer the Anne of Green Gables movies to the first three books they are based upon. The way they changed some of the relationships in the second movie worked much better. 

How about you? Book first? Movie first? A combination?

2 comments:

inmyreadingnook said...

I love the Anne books, but I've never seen the movies. I should watch them. There's also a new Anne series coming out soon on one of the streaming services. I forget which one, but I plan on checking it out.

Cheryl said...

The first two Anne movies are fabulous. Definite must sees for any fan of the series.

I've seen the first episode of the new Anne series but I can never see Martin Sheen as Matthew.