Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Perfect Book Club

So, a couple of weeks ago I went to a book club at my local Barnes & Noble for Stephenie Meyer's book New Moon, book 2 of 4 in the Twilight Saga. I was apprehensive because 1) I was the first person there, thinking I would be forced to have an awkward/intimate conversation with the employee who is the discussion moderator; and 2) I was fearful that the only others to show up would be some 13-year-old girls. Anyway, there ended up being a good mix (at 29, I was neither the youngest nor the oldest there)--the teenagers (probably more like 14 and 16) didn't say much because I don't think they've digested the books beyond the "The vampire is so hot" level, but the other discussion was good. I'm planning to go back for the discussion of Eclipse on July 24.

On a related note, there's an awesome blog, Film Experience (see link at right), that I frequently visit in a long-time-listener-first-time-caller kind of way. The blogger, Nathaniel, is so wildly conversant on all things film-related that I'm intimidated by him and have a cyber-crush on him.

Anyway, he's got a book club going where you read a book and consider who you would cast for the characters if it were being adapted to a film (considering age/physical description, characterization/acting abilities). I'm going to participate in the next book club "discussion" of Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris.

Anybody else participate in a good book club?


Anonymous said...

The wife and I have tried to have discussions about books. She always completely dissects the books down to the most minute parts... then asks me what I think of them...

My response is invariably... "I dunno... I just liked the book..."

Heather said...

Well, I think that the Film Reality online discussion might be good--it's simply talking about casting and doesn't require too thorough of a dissection. You do have to have some evidence from the book (based on the characters) as to why you picked the actor you did, but that's not too hard to come by with a cursory reading.

Also, I could recommend the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster... might help with discussions with your wife.