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Book Vs Movie "The Help"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 11/24/2019

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "All About Eve"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

The Margos are All About Eve in this Bette Davis-centered episode and considered us buckled up for this bumpy ride!

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Big Sleep"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

This episode is devoted to Raymond Chandler and one of his best-known novels--The Big Sleep. This is the first novel to feature Detective Philip Marlowe and this story is filled with witty lines, nefarious people and double-crossing aplenty. If you are under the impression that this story will be slow and/or easy to understand because it was created almost 100 years ago--guess again. The movie is pretty great as well!

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Valley of the Dolls"

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The Margos are still enjoying the swinging 60s and what better way to celebrate than talking about the amazing Jacqueline Susann who is the first author to have three consecutive #1 books on the New York Times bestseller list. Though her work was critically panned at the time and she was considered a self-promoting hack by the literary elite (how dare they!) Susann is now an icon for fun-living women who dare to take up space. 

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Exorcist" (RIP Max von Sydow 1929-2020)

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The Margos revisit the 1971 novel The Exorcist written by the very interesting William Peter Blatty.  Based on a true-ish story about a boy possessed by a demon in the 1950s Blatty changed some of the key details to create this fiction classic. This episode is a replay in honor of actor Max von Sydow (!929-2020)

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Manchurian Candidate" (Replay)

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The Margos have a thing for espionage and intrigue in this ep talking about the Richard Condon 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate which was bought by Frank Sinatra and United Artist films and made into a controversial movie in 1962. Detailing the life of former infantrymen who are brainwashed by the Soviet Union while captured in the Korean War and who later aim to overthrow the United States via a presidential election...

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

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The Margos are feeling shaken and not stirred talking again about Ian Fleming and his most famous character--James Bond. For this episode, we are covering On Her Majesty’s Secret Service  (OHMSS) which was published in 1963 and the 1969 adaptation starring Australian George Lazenby who remains the youngest Bond ever cast and he stands out as having only played the part for one film. 

Book vs Movie Book vs Movie "The Color Purple"

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The Margos finally take on the Alice Walker classic The Color Purple which won both the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award in 1983. It went on to be adapted into a film by none of than Steven Spielberg who has appeared on this show several times so we may just have to change our name to the “Steven Spielberg Presents” show soon! (Kidding!)

Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"

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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. 

Book Vs Movie: Steve Harvey's Book Vs Movie: Steve Harvey's "Think Like a Man"

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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. 

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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The Help

The 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett vs the

Tate Taylor 2011 film


The Margos remake one of the first shows they recorded together as a duo--The Help. The 2009 novel was a surprise hit for first-time author Kathryn Stockett who draws inspiration from her life growing up Jackson, Mississippi. Stockett went to the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing. After living in New York City for several years working on magazine marketing, she decided to write her book after the September 11th attacks

Five years (and dozens of rejections later) her book was eventually published and would go on to sell over ten million copies and been translated into 42 languages. In 2010 her childhood friend Tate Taylor directed the movie which went on to be a huge hit at the box office as well. 

The story centers on several African American maids in the early 1960s who worked for white wealthy families. Our protagonist is Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a 23-year-old who dreams of being an important writer and living in NYC. Her big idea is to record the true stories of maid life in Mississippi during the height of Jim Crow South. She eventually (with the help of most of the domestic workers in town who are scared to expose themselves to abuse for snitching on their terrible, racist bosses) writes a book that exposes the bigotry of the south. 

The movie has an incredible cast including Emma Stone as “Skeeter,” Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, and Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson. Spencer, a friend of the author, would eventually win an Academy Award for her performance. 

So between book & movie--which did we like better? Have a listen to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The backstory of Kathyrn Stockett and Tate Taylor
  • The popularity of the book and why we think we each missed it the first time around
  • The cast of the movie including Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly Holbrook,) Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote,) Allison Janney (Charlotte Phelan,) and Cicely Tyson as Constantine Jefferson (we have thoughts about her casting!) 
  • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

  • The Help trailer
  • Hilly & Skeeter talk about the bathroom laws
  • Celia & Minny bond over oppression & violence 
  • Hilly eats a sh*t pie 
  • Outro music Mary J Blige The Living Proof 

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