2013 Book to Movie Challenge

I had promised myself that in 2013 I would not undertake any new Challenges … but this one created over at the Doing Dewey blog was just too tempting – and besides, it’s not New Year yet so if as long as I can get this under the wire … booktomovieIf you are interested, read on …

First off, Thanks to TracyK for Bitter Tea and Mystery for alerting me to this one. The rules are simple:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review books and the movies which they’ve been made into. You can change challenge levels at any time – and the challenge levels are as follows:

Movie Fan - read 3 books and watch their movies
Movie Devotee - read 6 books and watch their movies
Movie Lover - read 9 books and watch their movies
Movie Aficionadoread 12 books and watch their movies

I have selected the Movie Aficionado level, of course, and promise to review, inter alia,  the following books and many more besides – but, as a belated little quiz, can you name, off the top of your head, the movies that were made from them?

  • A Case of Need by Jeffrey Hudson
  • Dreadful Summit by Stanley Ellin
  • The House of Dr Edwardes by Francis Beeding
  • The Jugger by Richard Stark
  • The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
  • Memos from Purgatory by Harlan Ellison
  • The Pillars of Midnight by Elleston Trevor
  • Seven Days to a Killing by Clive Egleton
  • Someone is Bleeding by Richard Matheson
  • The Thief Who Painted Sunlight by Oliver Bleek

I hope to review all of these and more in 2013 …

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22 Responses to 2013 Book to Movie Challenge

  1. Sergio – This really looks just your kind of challenge! I hope you’ll enjoy the experience. I know I’ll enjoy reading about your choices.

  2. Great going, Sergio! Book to Movie challenge? I can see why you are excited. You have selected several “forgotten” adaptations and I for one look forward to reading your reviews in coming months. On the other hand, my list of books to movies would be a predictable fare. No prizes for guessing. Here’s wishing you luck as well as a Happy and Healthy New Year!

  3. TracyK says:

    I am very glad you joined in on the challenge because I will benefit from reading your reviews. I looked up Memos from Purgatory. Very interesting.

  4. Patti Abbott says:

    Was unable to get through to the place to post, but I think I will try this. Sounds like fun.

  5. DoingDewey says:

    I actually haven’t heard of any of the book/movies on your list, so I’m excited to learn about them from your reviews! The linky seems to be working again if you get a chance to come add your link, but please let me know if you still have trouble with it :)

  6. Mrs P. says:

    Wow! I’m full of admiration, Sergio! Look forward to reading your reviews – I’m really interested in the whole question of adaptation, and what makes for a successful ‘translation’ from page to screen.

  7. Jeff Flugel says:

    Happy New Year to you, Sergio! This looks like a really fun challenge. The only book-into-movie conversion I can make from your list is the James Garner MARLOWE, adapted (pretty darn well) from Chandler’s THE LITTLE SISTER. Good luck with yet another of the many reading challenges you’ve set yourself…I know with your energy, you’ll succeed in them all, and I look forward to reading the results with interest!

    • Thank you for playing Jeff! Indeed, I think that was the first movie I ever saw based on a Chandler novel, way before adaptations starring Bogart, Mitchum and Dick Powell.Cheers matey – see you later in 2013 (ceteris paribus). Have a great year.

  8. Rod Croft. says:

    Well, Sergio, you certainly provided an interesting puzzle for the movie aficionado with your list of books and I gained an “F” for failing to pass your test off the top of my head. While “The House of Dr. Edwards” was not difficult – the Hitchcock film upon which it is based is one of my favourites, and the Michael Cane thriller based upon Egleton’s “Seven Days to a Killing” came to mind fairly readily, the others remained a “mystery” and I felt compelled to research the various films based upon the listed novels.

    As previously mentioned the movie from the novel ,”A Case of Need” became the Blake Edward’s 1972 film and was mentioned in your recent article on that famous director, screenwriter and producer. The James Garner 1969 film based upon Chandler’s “The Little Sister” , (one of your “Top 100 Mystery Books”), was not difficult to find; as was Losey’s 1951 movie based upon “Dreadful Summit”. I understand, you may have previously discussed/reviewed this film. The movie based upon “Bleek’s “The Thief Who Painted Daylight” proved to be a little more elusive; however, when I discovered that the novel is a.k.a. “The Procane Chronicle” I found that Bronson played title role in the 1974 thriller.

    Godard based his 1966 french film upon “The Jugger” while “Someone is Bleeding” was also filmed in France in 1974 under a french title. ” Memo from Purgatory” became an episode in a Hitchcock series and, as far as I can determine, “The Pillars of Midnight” was made into both a TV production of “Armchair Theatre” and a 1963 film directed by Val Guest with Clare Bloom and Richard Johnson.

    I have refrained from revealing the name of the various films as others may want to await your reviews or even have the pleasure of doing the research themselves, but maybe you would be kind enough to confirm whether my research is correct – of course only when you have the time available from your busy schedule.

    Thanks Sergio for providing such an interesting puzzle and I hope I haven’t been too verbose.

    • Well done Rod – 10/10 – you definitely win the golden fedora award! I was, I admit, a bit naughty with regards to the Oliver Bleek edition, as that is the UK title and it just happens to be the one that I have on the shelf – and in the case of the Trevor it will be the Val Guest movie adaptation not the TV version (I don’t even know if that one is extant!). Have a great 2013 and look forward to seeing what you make of the eventual book/film reviews too!

  9. Rod Croft says:

    Thanks Sergio, I will “wear” the “Golden Fedora Award” with pride.

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