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Book Vs Movie "Stand By Me"

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Release Date: 04/04/2020

Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Of Mice and Men"

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The last week in September is “Banned Books Week” and the Margos want to celebrate by talking about one of the most controversial of John Steinbeck’s work-- 1937’s Of Mice and Men. Censors have attacked the story for its use of vulgarities (including racist language) and it is listed by the American Library Association’s list of “Most Controversial Books of the 20th Century.”  We pair it with the Gary Sinise/John Malkovich 1992 film.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

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The Margos continue their back-to-school September episodes with a redo of one of the most asked-for books by our listeners--The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Film stars Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, Logan Lerner. (Spoiler--we love both!)

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Clueless" & "Emma"

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The Margos are continuing our September “Back-to-School” films talking about Jane Austen and possibly her lightest novel--Emma and pair it with the incomparable Amy Heckerling-directed film Clueless. Both are revered for their humor & having a wonderful female lead. 

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

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The Margos are celebrating September with a series of “Back to School” episodes starting with 1961 classic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. Brodie is a popular teacher at a girls school in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1931. Each year she picks a group of students to be an elite part of the “Brodie set”--under her tutelage learning mostly about the arts & beauty (and not science!)

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "A Room With a View"

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The Margos are closing out our “80s in August” with the James Ivory/Ismail Merchant film A Room With a View which is based on the 1908 novel by E.M. Forester. The book took a few years fro Forster to complete before his better-regarded works Howards End and A Passage to India but he felt it was “much nicer.” 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Steel Magnolias"

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The Margos are making sure Shelby drinks her juice and that Drum doesn’t shoot Oiuser in this special episode talking about a play to movie adaptation from the 80s. Based on a true story about his sister’s death at a young age after giving birth, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias is the smart, funny tale of strong women who are underestimated by the men in their lives. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The War of the Roses"

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The Margos are still hanging out in the 80s and this episode is devoted to a book and film that were considered controversial for the time. (Some of our Facebook fans said “no thank you!” to this one.) The War of the Roses is based on a novel by Warren Adler and Danny DeVito directed the dark comedy. 

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Top Gun"

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In 1986, a movie entered the popular culture starring Tom Cruise--Top Gun. It was a massively successful hit and San Diegos’ Margo P. as a teenager saw it almost every week that summer which is a thing that teens used to do to pass the time. 

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "Roxanne" (Screenplay by Steve Martin 1987)

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The Margos are feeling poetic in this play vs movie combo that is a tale of love, bravery, and wit. The original play of Cyrano de Bergerac was written by Edmond Rostand in 1897 and has been adapted several times over the last 120 years. Mel Ferrer was the most famous/acclaimed Cyrano in the 1950s but Steve Martin’s C.D. Bales gives his own take on one of the oddest romantic leads we have covered.

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Book Vs Movie Book Vs Movie "The African Queen"

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We are feeling the heat and humidity of summer in the city so the Margos decided to have some fun and travel to Africa for early 20th Century adventure with The African Queen by C.S. Forester. The book was published in 1935 and Forester was an expert on nautical tales with his Horatio Hornblower novels. 

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Stand By Me

The Margos take on another Stephen King classic with Different Seasons’ story The Body and the Rob Reiner adaptation Stand By Me

The Margos are going back to Stephen King’s 1982 Different Seasons which features four novellas with a focus on the “summer” tale “The Body.” As written in the story, four young boys from Castle Rock Maine in 1960 who go on a quest to see the deceased body of Ray Brower--a 12-year-old who was most likely hit by a train. 

The boys (Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, Vern Tessio and Teddy Duchamp) all come from different levels of homelife abuse and/or neglect and the overnight journey gives them a chance to confront their fears of entering a new school in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, they are being chased by longtime Kind villain Ace Merrill and his mean, dimwitted crew of juvenile delinquents who want to find the body first for themselves. 

Rob Reiner’s 1986 adaptation is considered a modern classic featuring some amazing performances from the entire cast including Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Kiefer Sutherland just to name a few standouts. It also managed to bring Ben E. King back into the music charts with the use of his hit song “Stand By Me.” 

So between the novella and the movie, which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The different stories from Different Seasons which were turned into films 
  • The process of changing the scenery and key plot points between book & movie
  • Trivia about the film and life for the young actors on the set
  • The cast  Wil Wheaton (Gordie Lachance,) River Phoenix (Chris Chambers,) Corey Feldman (Teddy Duchamp,) Jerry O’Connell (Vern Tessio,) Kiefer Sutherland (Ace Merrill,) Casey Siemaszko (Billy Tessio,) Gary Riley (Charlie Hogan,) Bradley Gregg (Eyeball Chambers,) Bruce Kirby (Mr. Quidacioluo,) John Cusack (Dennis LaChance,) and Richard Dreyfus (The Writer.) 

Clips Featured:

  • Stand by Me  trailer
  • Gordie confronts Ace
  • The “leeches” scene
  • The “train” scene
  • Chris talks about stealing money
  • Outro music Stand By Me (Performed by Ben E. King)

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