In honor of Leap Year, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY with a nod to books that have made the leap (see what I did there?) from the page to the screen!
You can enter at the bottom of my post OR click here to enter now!
There are hundreds of books that have been turned into movies (for an absolutely non-comprehensive, but fun list, check out this site). Lately, it seems like I can’t read a book without it being turned into a film for the silver screen.
So, how to choose one for my giveaway?
I thought about this while I should have been focusing on an assignment for work (bad cog!). My mind kept dividing the books and movies into two categories: movies that succeeded in bringing the heart of the book to the screen, and movies that did not. And for me, very few movies land in the first category.
I’m probably too hard on the movie industry, but I’m very rarely pleased with a movie after I’ve read the book (not that’s not me to the right – that’s a photo from the public domain … but it sums up my feelings nicely!). Don’t get me wrong – I don’t expect a verbatim depiction of the book. I understand what “adaptation” means. But I like for the movie-to-screen transition to mirror language translations in fiction and poetry – to capture the spirit of that on which it is based, to stay true to the story (with story being defined as the the inner “truth” of the work).
Maybe I expect too much…
The more I thought about (when I was supposed to be working), the more I realized there is a third category: movies that don’t succeed as translations of the book, but are still great movies.
For the giveaway, I was torn about which category to choose for the book/movie duo. And then it hit me – don’t choose. Or rather, choose based on the book and then watch the movie and chime in at the end of the giveaway (hopefully alongside the winner!). In other words, surprise myself.
So that’s what I did.
THE GIVEAWAY – Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith was published in 2011 and the movie release occurred last year (2015). I first read the book in December 2011 for a book club discussion. I was pleasantly surprised. While the book itself is in the genre of popular thriller, there was enough “meat” to the story – plenty of history, social commentary, thematic development – that our normally picky group all agreed that the book was enjoyable, stimulating, and well written. Trust me, this is high praise from this group. We went on to read everything else written by Smith.
Here is a synopsis from the author’s website:
“In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.
Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer — and a country — where “crime” doesn’t exist.”
I have not seen the movie (yet), so I do not know if it lives up to the spirit of the book. My hope is that the winner of the giveaway will share his or her opinion! And, of course, I will chime in after sending the winner his or her package.
The package includes a copy of BOTH the DVD and the paperback of Child 44. Heck, I might even throw in a bag of microwave popcorn! 😉
By now, you’re asking, What do I have to do to enter?
It’s simple – to enter, follow the link below. You can earn entries by commenting on this post, vising my Facebook page, checking me out on Google+, following me on Twitter … AND you can an additional TWO entries – daily! – by Tweeting about this giveaway!
Simply follow the link below to enter! (I’m trying a new way to tally entries, hence the link. Thanks for playing along!)
To win, you must:
- Be over the age of 18.
- Have a US mailing address.
- Enter from 2/1/2016 until 11:59pm Eastern 2/12/2016
That’s it! Easy as pie! And remember – the more you share, the more entries you receive. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday 2/13! Good luck!