"Paperbacks and Silverscreens" is a vibrant new meetup group which gets people discussing both the book and its film adaptation over a drink or two, based at the Southbank. Members can choose to just read the book or watch the film though those who are extra keen can do both!
We will discuss our thoughts and feelings on the chosen book and film respectively, as well as the differences between them. All titles are chosen because they are easily available for viewing on Netflix. We have a pretty long waiting list of titles with plenty of films that you had no idea were based on a book.
Once we have had a few meetings we are planning to show the movie on the same evening as the meeting and the secretary has kindly offered her house as a venue. To make these evenings even more exciting (yes, it gets even better) we’d like to play the movie soundtrack in the background and people can bring snacks/drinks based on the title's theme. For example, if a title is based in France, we can all bring baguettes, cheese and wine. Reading/watching "Eat Pray Love" means ordering in pizzas! Or when we choose to read and watch "Chocolat"… well, you get the idea. :)
The Other Boleyn Girl is a recent novel by British author Philippa Gregory, loosely based on the life of 16th-century aristocrat Mary Boleyn (the sister of Anne Boleyn). It depicts the annulment of one of the most significant royal marriages in English history (that of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon) and conveys the urgency of the need for a male heir to the throne. Much of the history is highly distorted in her account.
Just 7 years after the novel came the Hollywoodised cheesefest version of the book starring American actors Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. The film was generally regarded as entertaining but even more liberal with the truth than the book!
P.S. Bonus points for anyone who has seen the 2003 BBC version, though mostly we'll be focussing on the 2008 film version.