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Book Vs Movie "The Iron Giant" 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Release Date: 08/04/2019

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It’s African American History Month plus the Margos are having a case of “winter-fever” so we decided to cover “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” by Terry McMillan. The story of Stella Payne and her unusual search for love feels like a warm, tropical embrace during the cold New York winters. 

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Hey BVMers! The Margos are trying their first self-help book, Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Lady. Act Like a Man (2009) along with our special guest this week--Kristen Meinzer of the By the Book podcast. Let’s just say this, for self-identifying feminists --this book was a challenge to get through. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Beloved" (Toni Morrison & Oprah Winfrey)

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It’s African American History Month and the Margos are eager to start with Toni Morrison’s 1987 widely-acclaimed novel Beloved which was turned into a movie with the help of Oprah Winfrey in 1998. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction but the movie seems to have faded from memory. We try to figure out why that is the case.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (Replay)

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We needed a break here from the intense and decided to dip back into the YA novel waters with the lovely first installment (of five!) of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants from author Ann Brashares and what a delight it is!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Shrek"

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Did you not know that Shrek was a book first? Well, it certainly was and the Margos are so excited to talk about the interesting beginnings of the 1990 children’s book by author/illustrator William Steig. The movie, directed by Andrew Adamson, (we talked a bit about him in our "Chronicles of Narnia" episode) stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow became a smash and produced two sequels. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society" (Replay)

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Are you ready for a little 1940s weepy? The Margos sure are as they talk about the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that was started by Mary Ann Shaffer who brought on her niece Annie Barrows to help her finish when she became ill. Shaffer spent some time fogged in at the airport on the island of Guernsey which is located by the English Channel.

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Book Vs Movie: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe show art Book Vs Movie: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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The Margos travel to Narnia and back to bring you the story about fascinating author C.S. Lewis and his classic children’s tales that make up The Chronicles of Narnia. Lewis, an Irishman who attended schools in England, went from being an avowed atheist to a proponent of Christianity and he used his stories based on Pevensie children as the basis of having people understanding the power of God. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (Replay)

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Ciao! The Margos wanted to go back a few decades in time and take in the sumptuousness of Italy in the 1950s with one of the most brilliant and evil fictional characters of all time--Tom Ripley.  The Talented Mr. Ripley was first released in 1955 and had themes of homosexuality, classism, and the main character who was somehow enjoyable despite his murderous deeds. (He appears in five “Ripley” novels between 1955-1991.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Polar Express"

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It’s our last new episode of the year and the Margos had to celebrate with one of our most requested titles ever--The Polar Express from author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg.  have a listen! Happy Holidays!

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "It's a Wonderful Life" (Replay)

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“No man is a failure who has friends.” The Margos wanted to fit in one more holiday movie this year and what better way to celebrate than with the number one weepie of all time--It’s a Wonderful Life? (Yes, it was based on a short story The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern and you can read it for yourself in under 15 minutes.)

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The Iron Giant

The 1968 Science Fiction Novel Vs the 1999 Cult Classic Film 



In honor of the 20th Anniversary release of The Iron Giant, the Margos decided to take a look back at the now cult-classic movie and get the details about the author of the 1968 children’s book it is based on--Ted Hughes

The story revolves around an “Iron Man” who arrives at a small village and seems to exist on farm equipment scarps of metal. He scares the humans enough to trap him and leave him buried “alive.” Soon enough, a dragon moves to earth and demands that mankind provide him with food. 

The Iron Man eventually challenges the dragon to a contest of strength. 

Author Hughes (who has a rather complicated past starting with his relationship with poet Sylvia Plath) was a strong proponent for peace and the message of The Iron Man  (the original title for the book) has been popular around the world for decades now. 

In 1999, director Brad Bird was at the helm of the critically praised film which did not exactly set the box office on fire at the time but is now considered a classic. 

So between the novel and the movie--which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips Featured:

  • The Iron Giant  trailer
  • Kent Masley and Marv Loach (James Gammon) have a chat
  • The Iron Giant saves the town
  • Outro music by Michael Kamen

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