Bri is blogging about a book unit she's doing, using The Wizard of Oz as an example of books made into movies (we know how I feel about that, don't we?).

It got me remembering the first time I really saw that movie. We were living in Ohio, and my father and I were making our first color tv (Heathkit - and I learned to solder). Anyway, there was this rush on because The Wizard was going to be on tv that night, in what was one of its first color broadcasts. So I was supposed to be really excited.

The tv finished and on, I sat down. The peacock came out and spread its grey-tone tale. Yawn. The opening credits. Yawn. Yeah, yeah over the grey rainbow. Then the tornado and that scene with the door opening into Oz. Blew.Me.Away. Totally. For the first time in my life I was scared of the witch. It was simply amazing. I'd never seen anything like it, yet all to quickly the "magic" of color tv faded for me.

But that first view? Priceless.


Imponderable Quotes

"It's unseasonably cold today"
(local weatherman)

Uh, it's February. In the Northeast. Isn't it supposed to be cold in winter? Or did I miss something growing up in the Snow Belt?


Purrrfectly Content

I've been under a bit of stress and strain recently, and decided that yesterday should be A Day Off. No chores, no errands, just lying in bed reading and snoozing. The Boys were really good about cuddling and not fighting or running around (they usually do when there's a weather front change - something to do with their inner ears getting all wonky).

Anyway, at bedtime, my Big Boy curled up against me, in perfect teddy bear position. So I put my arms around him (as one would a teddy bear), and he purred and purred and we drifted off. My Little Boy was sleeping draped over my feet.

What a great way to end the week!


When the movie is better than the book

Many times, the movie is not as good as the book. Some times, the movie is entirely different than the book and can stand on its own - The Wizard of Oz is a great example. Some times, the movie is the equal of the book (the Colin Firth P&P, for example).

And then there are those very rare times when the movie is far, far better than the book. I've recently experienced this with our afterschool book club. We read Joan Lindsay's A Picnic at Hanging Rock as a group. The kids liked it, even though they sometimes had difficulty understanding and following the slow pace of the book. The mystery of what happened to the girls intrigued them. Then we watched the movie.

The setting, the music, the pacing: it was perfect. The kids were loathe to stop the film at the end of the period, and just as loathe to start again the next time because it was so eerie, so creepy.

When it was all over, they were unanimous. The movie was far, far better than the book. How often can you say that?


Notable Quotes

10½ Inclinations
There is a secret trail of books meant to inspire and enlighten
you. Find that trail.
Read outside your own nation, colour, class, gender.
Read the books your parents hate.
Read the books your parents love.
Have one or two authors that are important, that speak to you;
and make their works your secret passion.
Read widely, for fun, stimulation, escape.
Don't read what everyone else is reading. Check them out later,
Read what you're not supposed to read.
Read for your own liberation and mental freedom.
Books are like mirrors. Don't just read the words. Go into the
That is where the real secrets are. Inside. Behind. That's where the gods
dream, where our realities are born. 10½) Read the world. It is the most
mysterious book of all.
(c) Ben Okri 2006. All rights reserved.