Anyone hosted a book club with accompanying film?
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I'm hosting a reading of "Gone With the Wind" in February 2007. I'd love to show the film, but it's sooo long, it'd be a marathon book club weekend - and nobody's going to sign up for that. ;-)
Has anyone done this before? Any advice would be appreciated.
A few of our friends have discussed hosting a movie night for Gone With the Wind - but my problem is, it's soooo long. We'd probably have to split it into two nights for the movie and one for the book - and it seems a little unlikely that we'd have a good turnout. Maybe the answer is hosting smaller movie nights ("just" 2 hour movies instead of GWTW) like the ones you mentioned.
The students and staff who participate discuss the book over their lunch hour then in the evening the library hosts the movie night. After the movie we have a brief discussion of both the movie and the book, but for this group we focus our discussion on the book and that occurs over the lunch hour. We started this in September with How to Deal (the movie) based on the books by Sarah Dessen--Someone Like You and That Summer. In November we did Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and this month we are doing I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier. The group that currently participates in this book club has been pushing for a lock-in at the library (which call us crazy we are considering). If we do it we want to center it around this book club and are considering doing a book like Pride and Prejudice and watch multiple versions of the films so we contrast both the films with the book.
We did some checking with our school administrators here to make sure we were not over stepping our laws or licenses.
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We went to the cinema to see "Chocolat", after reading the book, and it engendered an informal discussion over drinks afterwards.
One of hosted a viewing of "Cider House Rules", again, after reading the book, and subsequent to a separate discussion of the book. It was so transformed from the original, I think this worked well.
These have been fun and lively events, and inevitably do constitute a "compare and contrast" discussion, in any event.
When we read CHOCOLAT, the hostess prepared a meal of all chocolate ending with a Godiva liqueur.
Reading a book by Mother Theresa, the hostess made an Indian meal.
But we have moved on to meeting at eateries, pubs, restaurants, after work so those days are over.