Q: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?
This is an easy one. 'Pan's Labyrinth', the 2006 movie by Guillermo del Torro, would make the most beautiful book ever. Since the movie itself plays with the fine line between reality and fantasy, I would love to see it be worked into a book and see how that medium would play with that. Also, since del Torro himself was inspired by fairy tales, the book could be enriched by so much more background detail. And I would love to know more about Captain Vidal. He looks like such a tragic yet interesting character.
I will just have a mini 'rant of love' here for a moment. This movie is truly amazing. It is a very well accomplished mix between a thriller and fantasy. There are some truly scary moments, not because of anything supernatural perse, but because of what humans can do to each other and themselves. And then there are beautiful moments of fantasy and freedom. And of course the cinematography and music is absolutely touching. I still haven't seen 'The Devil's Backbone' but he is also directing a new version of 'Frankenstein', which has me absolutely intrigued!
This week I am reading Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', both for my course and for my Classics 100 list! I should've finished it by today but I am being plagued by a terrible cold that makes me want to crawl in bed and sleep rather than crawl in bed and read. But I will battle through, don't worry.
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 by Freda's Voice.
'3 May. Bistritz. - Left Munich at 8.35 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6.46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through the streets.'Perhaps not the most riveting of all beginnings but it does set the tone for the novel. There is a lot of travelling and it being an epistolary novel you will have to accept there will be some slightly boring bits.
'"Who brought him home, I wonder, to hap him here? Murdered off the coast of Andres! an' you consated his body lay under! Why, I could name ye a dozen whose bones lie in the Greenland seas above' -he pointed northwards - 'or where the currents may have drifted them."'I quite like it when a novelist decides to write in dialect. It offers a break from an otherwise similar narrative and you get to work a bit for what you're reading!
So, what movie would you like to see as a book? And