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Book Vs Movie: "Rocketman" (Elton John's "Me)

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Release Date: 11/11/2019

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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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "A Christmas Carol" Plus, Top 5 Favorite "Scrooge" Adaptations

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The Margos continue their holiday celebrations with the all-time classic "A Christmas Carol"  by Charles Dickens. There have been hundreds of adaptations on the theme of Scrooge and is ultimate salvation but only one features stop-motion animation and Jim Carey so we pair the discussion with Disney's A Christmas Carol directed by Book Vs Movie favorite Robert Zemeckis.

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Book vs Movie Book vs Movie "Christmas With the Kranks" Vs "Skipping Christmas"

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The Margos have more holiday spirit than Luther & Nora Krank, the main characters of the John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas. Luther & Nora normally go all out during the holidays in equal zeal with their neighbors who seem to think Christmas celebrations are THE most important thing in the world.  (One Margo liked the book more than the other!)

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Book Vs Movie: Book Vs Movie: "Die Hard" (Replay)

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It’s hard to believe but the classic action film Die Hard was released 30 years ago and the Margos wrapping firehoses around our waists and jumping for joy.  (But is it a Christmas movie? We answer that!) Plus, we talk about the thrilling book it is based on!

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Elton John’s Best Selling Autobiography Me Vs the Dexter Fletcher Hit Film

The Margos are both Elton John fanatics, so when the Book Vs Movie Podcast Group on Facebook came up with the idea to cover John’s #1 New York Times bestseller Me and pair it with the hit film directed by Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle, Bohemian Rhapsody) we immediately put on our platform shoes and bold glasses and got to work. (You see, we are always game to do a thing called the Crocodile Rock!) 

Elton’s life is full of amazing highs and tragic lows. The man has been to the brink of self-destruction and made it back to become an icon for the ages. (Can you imagine a world without his music? Tragic, right?)

At 73, Elton and his co-writer and lifelong BFF Bernie Taupin are the creators of some of the best music of the 20th Century and hearing about how they write in two different places (Taupin creates the lyrics first) is a real treat. And to see their friendship on screen reminds us of all the power of platonic love. 

Rocketman takes the standard music biopic and tips it on its ear. People break into song out of nowhere. There are suicide attempts and awful parenting failures. There’s also a recreation of Elton’s first big success in America--his string of performances at Los Angeles’s Troubadour theater which cemented his reputation for songwriting and as a daring piano player. 

The performance of Taron Egerton is a thing of beauty as well (the man can sing and play like an angel!) and the Margos have so much to say about both the book and movie here. (This is seriously going to be a gush fest!)

So which did we like better? Click the link at the bottom to find out. 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The incredible life of Elton and the relationships that defined his life
  • The unusual way he creates music with Bernie Taupin
  • Our favorite Elton John tunes
  • The cast of the movie including Edgerton (Elton John,) Jamie Bell (Bernie Taupin,) Richard Madden (John Reid,) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Elton’s mother Sheila.)
  • Our favorite scenes from the movie

Clips Featured:

  • Rocketman trailer
  • The real Elton & Bernie at the movie premiere
  • Elton & Bernie meet for the first time
  • Elton at the Troubadour
  • Elton tells his mother he is gay
  • Outro music “I’m Still Standing” sung by Taron Egerton

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