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Book Vs Movie "The Help"

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Release Date: 11/24/2019

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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Book Vs Movie 

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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