Boovies Book and Movie Club’s Review for March 2017: Beauty and the Beast


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Book/Movie Club Set Up:

Each member of our group (women ages 24-48) draws a month and a genre/theme. Whosever month it is, gets to choose a book and movie in their category. (They do not have to be one in the same.)

The group has approximately 3 weeks to read the book and then we get together to eat, discuss the book, and then watch the movie.

Note: We had a schedule change; March’s book will actually be April’s, so we decided at the last minute to read the original fairy tale and compare it to Disney’s Movie version this month.

Quick Story Summary (from Amazon):

classic beauty and the beast1756 Written by: Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont 1756  (French: La Belle et la Bete) is a traditional fairy tale (type 425C — search for a lost husband — in the Aarne-Thompson classification). It is a timeless story about looking past appearances to uncover truth and beauty.

 

 

Quick Movie Summary (from IMDB):

MV5BMTUwNjUxMTM4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODExMDQzMTI@__V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_2017 Directed by: Bill Condon Screenplay by: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos – Staring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad. An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.

 

 

The Itinerary:

We met at the movies and then went to our local hangout, The Draft, for food and drinks after the show to discuss and compare story to movie. They make a mean pork & chicken quesadillas and chili corn dogs.

Thoughts about the Story:

It was written in traditional fairy tale style with lots of familiar genre elements: the evil sisters, the misunderstood fair maiden who everyone mistreats, no mother figure, romance, magic, and even a little danger.

In the original story, Beauty had sisters and brothers. I can see why Disney decided not to use them for their version because even though they weren’t stepsisters, they were still evil and that would have been too much like Cinderella. So the townsfolk took that role. There was also no Gaston in the original version, and, of course, no enchanted talking castle furniture.

I liked that Disney took and ran with the wolves from the original story. They also kept the roses, the castle, and the theme: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Thoughts about the Movie:

It was a really good movie – even our group’s biggest skeptic (“This is a musical?!”) ended up liking it.  I’m not a big fan of musicals, either, so some of the singing numbers went on a bit long *yawn,* for me. And one person added, “Don’t let the beast sing.”

But I thought the scenes were big and theatrical and reminded me a lot of the “Phantom of the Opera” movie. The set (the castle) was grand and amazing. The movie had just enough magic to make it a true fairy tale.  Some of our group loved everything about the movie and have watched it multiple times.

Girly Discussion:

We kind of thought Beast looked better as the beast – “The movie title should have changed to Beauty and Beauty after the Beast turned back into a man.”

We thought Josh Gad was funny and the perfect actor to play LeFou. He has also been a lot of voices in animated movies – Frozen, The Angry Birds Movie, and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Interesting Discoveries:

Luke Evans (Gaston) played in “The Girl on a Train” – one of the movies we recently reviewed.  But most of us didn’t recognize him until someone pointed it out.

According to IMDB: “The film title and part of the closing credits are accompanied by French subtitles, to homage the fairy tale’s French origins.” I think that’s pretty cool.

The Group’s Average ratings (out of 5):

Story:  3.7 Roses

Movie: 4.3 Roses

The bottom line:

It was interesting reading the original fairy tale before watching the most modern version of the movie.  I think the heart of the story was kept, and the movie is entertaining enough for the entire family.  Read and watch them both!

Next month’s Book:

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

Love and Laughter,

The Day Dreamer

Fairy Tale Motifs Revisited


123towerRecently, I was looking up the classic telling (1756) of “Beauty and the Beast” by Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont and one of the things that I found interesting was that it was classified as type 425C, which is Search for a lost husband  in Aarne-Thompson – Types of the Folk Tale. It reminded me of an article I had written in 2009 about fairy tale motifs.  I posted the short blog post below – If this interests you, you can now find all kinds of information on the internet  about this subject. And although it can get a little confusing, if you are a fairy tale buff, you’ll probably find it fascinating.  

Fairy Tale Motifs

by Dorlana Vann

Motifs are recurring themes or ideas in fairy tales. Even though the Standard Dictionary of Folklore says: “A mother as such is not a motif. A cruel mother becomes one because she is at least thought to be unusual,” that is actually what made me curious about recurrences in fairy tales. Continue reading

“The Trouble with Scarecrows” is on Reading Alley


The Trouble with Scarecrows _3 Final (large) copyMy contemporary romance, The Trouble with Scarecrows, is available to download and review on Reading Alley until June 24, 2017. Reading Alley is a review site that not only gives members free books to download but you can also gain points towards rewards for honest reviews.

The Trouble with Scarecrows is a Romantic Comedy all about food, psychics, renovations, downtown Houston, ghosts shenanigans, tattoos, moving-on, and some of that kissy-kissy stuff.

Free: Supernatural Fairy Tales


supernatural fairy tales bannerFree Kindle download of Supernatural Fairy Tales today through March 25, 2017.

Supernatural Fairy Tales is my collection of 9 paranormal short stories all inspired by fairy tales.

If You Feed a Wolf – Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Vampire’s New Suit – The Emperor’s New Clothes … but with Vampires.

Blueberry Eyes – One of my very first supernatural fairy tales. I’m not going to say which fairy tale this one was inspired by because it would give away the ending but I am working on a YA novel using this short story as my base.

The Gift – Inspired by The Ghost of Christmas Past from “A Christmas Carol.” A western with a touch of steampunk and ghosts.

If it weren’t for Bad Luck – Inspired by Rumpelstilzchen. You see, I have this theory about luck… Continue reading

Boovies book and movie club’s Review for February 2017: Before I go to Sleep


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February’s Book and Movie Review Theme:

Looking Back

Book/Movie Club Set Up:

Each member of our group (women ages 24-48) draws a month and a genre/theme. Whosever month it is, gets to choose a book and movie in their category. (They do not have to be one in the same.)

The group has approximately 3 weeks to read the book and then we get together to eat, discuss the book, and then watch the movie.

before i go to sleep book coverQuick Book Summary (from Amazon):

2012 Author: S. J. Watson – Compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—and who she can trust.

 

Before_i_go_to_sleep_posterQuick Movie Summary (from IMDB):

2014 Director: Rowan Joffe Writers: Rown Joffe & S.J. Watson Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong – A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

The Itinerary:

This month we met at Darah’s apartment. We quickly agreed on our new name: Boovies book and movie club (Get it?).

Our host asked that we all bring a salty snack and a sweet snack. We ended up with quite afeb meeting food spread: ham and cream cheese wrapped green onions, beer dip with pretzels, bruschetta with balsamic glaze and garlic toast, Ritz bits w/ cheese and peanut butter, chips and salsa, saltwater taffy, ice cream sandwiches, salted caramel brownies, brownie bites, lemon pound cake, soda, wine, beer, and mimosas. Whew …

Thoughts about the Book:

Everyone seemed to enjoy the book even though the discussions were mostly aimed a the misses: red herrings, the slow middle, the drawn-out sappy wrap-up, character motivation, and the overall repetition—however, that was due to the nature of the plot and really couldn’t be helped. Most of us thought it was well-written, which also caused pause because the novel was mostly a rushed diary. Even after all of the criticisms, this book received one of the highest ratings from our group – so here are some of the reasons why we thought the book was well worth the read:

“I couldn’t put it down because I had to know the ending.”

“I liked the plot twist. It wasn’t what I had expected.”

“Easy and interesting read. It had a lot of build-up that made me not want to stop reading because I knew something bad was going to happen.”

“I just kept reading and reading because I loved how they uncovered the truth little by little.” Continue reading

Chapter 1 – The Trouble with Scarecrows


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The Trouble with Scarecrows  is the second book in the Trouble with Men series – However, the books are stand-alone & can be read in any order.

Chapter 1

 

Brenda Fisher hesitated at the door of the multiplex as if she stood at the entrance to hell. The long corridor was faintly lit by electric candelabras that hung between ordinary doors; the numbers One, Two, Three, Four were their only difference. “Who in their right mind would find this place quaint?” she grumbled as she forced herself to walk inside and shut the door.

The 1920’s brick home had been renovated into a four-apartment multiplex years before she’d bought it, and only one resident, Zadora Hart, lived there now. She had taken over the monthly payments from a previous tenant, and that lease was almost up. But Brenda had never intended on being a landlord and sure as hell wasn’t going to reside there permanently. Unfortunately, she did have to live there for a couple of weeks while her apartment was being remodeled and so she could get the old house ready to sell. She planned on staying in the former owner’s apartment, which was the largest of the four. More importantly, it held no personal scars . . . like Haley and Larry’s apartments did.

Brenda held her breath as she grabbed the glass doorknob and opened the apartment Haley Monroe, her former assistant, had lived in. Even though only a few pieces of generic furniture had been left behind, Brenda’s memories brought every miserable detail to life. This apartment had been the beginning of the end for her and Larry. She had outwardly kept it together the day she’d walked in and discovered that Haley and Larry had slept together. But on the inside, she’d had this sinking feeling that nothing would ever be the same again. She’d been right.

Brenda closed the door to Apartment Two and went across the hall to Larry’s old apartment. In that few seconds, her hurt transformed into anger, and she hated herself for buying the house for that ungrateful son-of-a-bitch in the first place. She nodded. “Good.” Resentment was exactly what she needed to open that door and to get on with her life. Facing the apartment was the next step in getting over Larry White. “I can do this,” she said as she eased the door open.

The apartment was arranged and decorated exactly the same as it had the day she’d surprised Larry with the expensively furnished writer’s retreat. But why did it look as if someone lived there now? Dishes had been left on the coffee table, shoes on the floor, the air-conditioner ran, and a lingering smell of bacon filled the air—all of which was strange because Larry had moved out months ago.

Her heart did a little flip. Perhaps not everything had gone the way Larry thought they’d go. Maybe he had left Haley and hadn’t had a chance to call or didn’t have the nerve to come crawling back. She’d told him he would come back. He always came back. A huge smile broke across her face. She would make him pay . . . but just for a little while. She still loved him, no matter what kind of jerk he’d been to her.

When she heard a noise coming from down the hall, she hurried toward it. “Larry? Larry, are you here?”

Brenda stood at Larry’s open bedroom door. Sure enough, clothes were everywhere. Larry had always been somewhat of a slob. Ever since college, she had to get after him to pick up his plate and to use a clothes hamper.

She heard the shower running and Larry whistling. She missed him so much. She wished she had done so many things differently. But everything would be okay now. Everything would go back to the way they had been. No, things would be better. Larry knew what she wanted now. He knew that she loved him and wanted a real relationship.

Forget about making him pay, she thought as she set her purse on the end of the unmade bed. She would give him a homecoming he would never forget. She removed her heels and then unzipped and slipped out of her dress. As she crossed the bedroom, she unfastened her bra and let it fall to the floor. Continue reading

Fairy Tale Poetry


Fairy’s Sorrow
By
Dorlana Vann

I’m sheltered from the rain,
But still I feel the mist.29677623 - landscape of morning sunrise, the foggy garden
It mixes with my pain
Confirming I exist.

I’m covered by the leaves
Living amongst the trees.
The more I see and learn
The more the world I yearn.

Inspired by The Dryad by Hans Christian Anderson

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