I have been nominated to do the Read This? Watch This! tag by CW at Read, Think, Ponder — thank you very much! As usual, I love the banner you’ve made, so I hope you don’t mind my using it for this post! Anyway, here are the rules:
I. Create five Book-TV Pairings.
II. Tag your favourite book bloggers/booktuber.
Before I begin, I’d just like to say that I got really excited about doing this tag and thought it was really cool; however, it was so much harder than I thought! I kept thinking, Is this all I’ve watched and read? And with that, I could only do three, I’m so sorry! I also included movies so that I’d have more choices for my recommendations. This was fun to do, but challenging!
If you’ve read: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
You should watch: The Blue Bird (1940)
Why: The protagonists of both book and movie (Dorothy and Mytyl, with her little brother Tyltyl) go on a journey in a strange land, one looking for the way home, the other looking for happiness (in the form of a blue bird), respectively, and meet several odd creatures and personages along the way. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy befriends a scarecrow, a tin woodman, and a cowardly lion, while in The Blue Bird, Mytyl meets the human versions of her cat Tylette, her dog Tylo, and the lamp on their wooden table, Light. In the movie, Mytyl and Tyltyl search for the blue bird in the past, in the Land of Memories; in the Land of Luxury; and in the future, where they meet children who are yet to be born. I think the strange worlds in both stories will fascinate readers and watchers, and I’m happy to say that both girls, in the end, find what they are looking for.
If you’ve read: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
You should watch: Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)
Why: Both center on a simple family, and we always learn something from each family member’s experiences. The stories teach about values, kindness, love, ambitions, compassion, friendship, accomplishments, humility, selflessness, etc. — topics that I believe everyone can still relate to today. Both the Marches and the Ingallses, despite constantly being presented with many trials and temptations, such as an illness in the family and the want of wealth, are happy families, and the most important thing they have in common is their love for one another. If, like me, you enjoyed the life lessons from Little Women, then I have no doubts you’d also enjoy watching Little House on the Prairie. (Oh, and I’m a sucker for family stories, did you know?)
Note: I just finished Little Women last week, so review to follow!
If you’ve read: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
You should watch: Somewhere in Time (1980)
Why: The movie and the book are both mainly about time travel and romance — a relationship where the man travels through time. In The Time Traveler’s Wife, Henry has been diagnosed with a disorder that makes him (unwillingly and unpredictably) travel to the past and future. He and his wife, Clare, meet at different times and ages — the first time when Clare was six and Henry thirty-six — making their life complicated and at times difficult to manage. In Somewhere in Time, Richard one day was approached by an old woman who says to him, “Come back to me” (a scene I couldn’t forget). Years later, Richard becomes fascinated by a picture of a beautiful actress and later learns she was the old woman who approached him years before. He decides to travel back in time through hypnosis, meets the young actress Elise, and falls in love with her. Others who have read/watched the book/movie might not agree with me, but I think both stories had sad endings. Don’t ever get involved in a relationship with a time traveler. Ha!
Another time travel + romance film that I loved is Kate & Leopold (2001), so you might want to check that out as well!
Please feel free to disregard this tag if you’ve already done it, etc.