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Time Traveler’s Wife – movie update

At long last, there is finally a trailer and an actual release date for the eagerly and rather impatiently awaited movie adaptation of Audrey Niffeneggar’s Time Traveler’s Wife.

This site includes a full trailer, synopsis and photos. I’ve already made plans to drag my boyfriend to go see this movie with me August 14th, although I’m debating if his reluctance to want to watch a chick-flick might actually kill the movie for me.

Is anyone else planning on rereading the book before the movie is released? Or will you give the movie the benefit of a doubt and hope that the producers directors actually got it right?

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Audrey Niffenegger news

Well, fans of the Time Traveler’s Wife now have something to latch onto. Audrey Niffenegger just sold her manuscript for her second novel for $5 million dollars to Scribner, a unit of Simon & Schuster. The book is set to be released at the end of September. Likewise, the movie of Time Traveler’s Wife is given a February release date (I can only assume Feb 2010, since it did not come out this past February).

You can read the full article here:

Lit Flicks Challenge

As part of the Bookworms Carnival, Jessica at BlueStocking Society is hosting February’s theme of literature and film. To get the carnival up and running, she’s hosting a 6 month challenge from September 1, 2008 to February 28, 2009. Please make sure you check out her website for more details on the monthly prizes and activities.

RULES
1. Challenge runs from September 1, 2008 to February 28, 2009.
2. Read 5 books that have been made into movies.
3. Then watch at least 2 of the movie adaptations of the works you read.
4. Your list may change at any time and may include overlaps with other challenges.
5. Sign up after you’ve posted about this challenge using Mr. Linky here.
6. Check in around the first of each month to find activities and giveaways for participants.
7. Link to your reviews and posts using the second Mr. Linky here.

OFFICIAL CHALLENGE PAGE
Jessica has set up a challenge headquarters page. It includes all the official stuff: the button, the rules, links to lists of qualifying books, the sign-up Mr. Linky, and the review/post Mr. Linky. Head on over there and sign on up!

MY LIST
Here is my initial selection of books to read for this challenge:
1. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
2. Shop Girl (Steve Martin)
3. Big Fish (Daniel Wallace)
4. Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) – This gives a me a good reason to reread the books before going to see the movie.
5. My Antonia (Willa Cather)
6. All The Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)

If you haven’t already, please check out my review and giveaway of a copy of Immortal to one lucky winner. Contest ends TODAY!

Time Traveler’s Wife – movie updates + Book Fairs

According to IMDB, The Time Traveler’s Wife is set to be released on Dec 25th, 2008. The holiday season is the time for emotionally charged movies, and I really hope this film won’t disappoint. IMDB also has 6 screen shots from the movie, mostly Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams being cuddly together. I hope this movie doesn’t end up being a “girly” flick. Its so much deeper than that.

In related news, Henry De Tamble’s non-fictional library The Newberry Library in Chicago, IL is having a book fair July 24-27th this year.

“Feed your bibliomania at the Newberry’s annual Book Fair! More than 100,000 donated books have been sorted into 60 categories for your browsing convenience. With many books priced under $2, it’s easy to replenish your home library’s holdings on subjects ranging from antiques to zoology. Admission is free.”

It seems like not enough book fairs take place in California, least of all in the Bay Area. Do we not read here?

There are 2 events coming up that sound interesting though, the Steinbeck Festival in Salinas (August 7-10) and Litquake in San Francisco (October 4-11).

For more on book events in your area, visit The Library of Congress Book Fairs page.

Favorites

I know I’m not the only person that has a set of books that you keep around because you love, adore and want to read and reread for the rest of your life. Some books are wonderful, but like fads, their appeal wans after time. Some books just hit so close to home that no matter what happens, that book will always be a part of your life.

I read much more as a minor than I did once I got to college and lost a good chunk of my free time. Most of my favorite books are from my childhood, but I was an advanced reader. I read Interview with the Vampire when I was 11 because my parents wouldn’t let me watch the movie. I couldn’t get into the rest of Anne Rice’s books. The rest of the books seemed like mockaries of the Interview with the Vampire, so I after Queen of the Damned I stopped reading the rest of the books in the series.

My favorite Children’s book:

Most people would expect me to say Harry Potter, but alas, this topic goes to a children’s book of my childhood. The Princess and the Goblin. I read this book when I was in 4th grade, and it was such a wonderful little fairy tale, written so sarcastically by George MacDonald originally published in 1872. I may have read it at least 5 times between the ages of 7-10. This book was pretty influential in my life, as most of the books I went on to read had a fair amount of sarcasm and adult humor to it. I didn’t watch Sesame Street growing up. I did watch a few cartoons, but mostly I was raised by talk shows and soap operas (All My Children), and YA books.

Favorite Love Story:

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffengger. This book is just amazing. The main character is a librarian in Chicago with a genetic disease that allows him to time travel, although not voluntarily. Every time he travels, he shows up somewhere naked and is constantly struggling to survive. To survive against natural elements, against society, even against himself. Then only things that keep him stationary are his love for Claire, a girl he’s known since her childhood when he would go back in time, and running. I could gush about this book forever. I read it at a time when my boyfriend and I had just started a long distance relationship, and I could relate to the characters. Seeing your loved one in little spurts of time, not sure when you would see them again, and trying to make the best and most of each visit. I’m very nervous about the movie version of this book. I can only hope it does justice to the book.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Almost anything by Neil Gaiman, and George R.R. Martin’s Saga of Fire and Ice series. Masters in their own rights, able to create detailed worlds that rival Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I can’t pick out specific books to talk about with Neil Gaiman, because each thing he has written and published is so different from the rest of his work. He has his foot in nearly every field of creativity except for music. My favorites include American Gods and Neverwhere (Neverwhere was the first Gaiman book I read).  Stardust I am not particularly fond of, but Anansi Boys is hilarious.

William Saroyan.

A very popular Armenian-American author that is close to my heart because popular Armenian anything is so hard to find outside of Glendale, CA. His book The Human Comedy is very much like Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat, but deals with rural life in Fresno, CA. It tells the story of two brothers in Fresno and their lives. That sentence sounds so bland. But its a story about family and optimism and loyalty.

By The River Piedra, I Sat Down & Wept – Review

By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept.

Beautiful book. I can see why Paulo Coelho is the 2nd most read Latin American author after Gabrield Garcia Marquez. Reading this book was like reading the story of my boyfriend and I, and how we found our love for each other. The author is right, all love stories are the same. To see everything I had thought, felt, and said to be enacted by these characters shook me up. I felt this same way when I read Audrey Niffengger’s Time Traveler’s Wife. I guess love is more real and more of a focus in my life because we are in our 2nd year of a long-distance relationship. Its not easy, to have someone you love only pop in and out of your life for one weekend out of the month. Its not easy to not be able to see them, hug them, kiss them whenever you want.

Love is not like fairy tales. Love is painful and has its risks. I wonder if all of Paulo Coelho’s works are about love? This is the first book of his that I’ve read. I hope to check out more from the library today. This is the first book in a long that I actually sat myself down and read cover to cover, I did not want to put it down.