(This is now one of Doprah’s picks. Drats!)
As you know, I’m always thinking of new giveaways. I think I concoct them more for my own entertainment than for the pleasure of my readers. It makes me feel good to share my enthusiasm for particular books and authors with all of you, and since I know most of you aren’t going to rush to the nearest used bookstore to buy one of my favorite old titles, I’ve decided to send some of my favorites your way. This is one of those times.
I got this idea from Care over at Care’s Online Book Club. She read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and then watched the movie. I have the feeling that she enjoyed the movie a little bit more than the book, and I think I did too–just a teeny little bit. I believe it’s pretty rare to like a movie as well or better than the book it was adapted from, since books capture your imagination while films depict the screenwriter and director’s imaginations. Sometimes movie folks understand a novel so completely and love the story so much that they do a wonderful job on the film. A good example of this is To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s so amazingly well done that I still have a crush on Gregory Peck. We were going to be married–I decided this when I was a young girl. (This might sound kind of creepy, but I also had a thing for Robert Duvall. He was so vulnerable and sad and sweet, and I believe those qualities appeal to girls of all ages).
Jeez, there’s nothing like going off on a tangent, is there? Now, back to The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. The film is brilliant, and the acting is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Every actor is suberb. Alan Arkin won the New York Film Critics Award for his depiction of Mr. Singer, and both Arkin and Sondra Locke were nominated for Oscars. Stacy Keach was also great in his debut role as Blount, a lonely alcoholic who befriends Mr. Singer. Cicely Tyson excelled in her screen debut as well. I developed a little crush on Arkin when I saw this, due to the aforementioned sadness and sweetness quotient. It seems I’ve always been a sucker for unhappy men, much to my regret. Another digression! Good God!
So anyway, are you interested in entering this giveaway? You should be! The DVD is brand new and was just produced this year! I will send a used copy of the book and a new DVD to one winner. To enter, leave a comment about a screen adaptation you’ve liked as well or better than the book it was adapted from. This may give me ideas for later giveaways!
I’ll choose the winner on Wednesday, Nov. 19th. Good luck!
P.S. I bought a …Heart… DVD for myself and watched it last night. I’m glad I was alone because I wept like a little child. I think the true measure of oncoming senility is a sharp increase in the number of times a person either: a) goes off on tangents while writing blog posts, and/or b) becomes a tear-stained mess with increasing (and increasingly embarassing) frequency. I find myself doing both much more often than I used to.