After finally reading the Sobbin’ Women by Stephen Vincent Benet to me it is a far cry from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers the movie. I know it is based off of the story but I would have to say it is a very losely based. But in this case it doesn’t really matter to me, I love Seven Brides for Seven Brother too much to care about does the story match the movie. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers has been my favorite movie for as far back as I can remember.
I don’t know why it took me so long to read Nights in Rodanthe. I didn’t read it till after the movie was out. Since it was based in the Outer Banks I am surprised I didn’t jump all over it. I love all things OBX. Don’t get me wrong I would have prefered a happier ending but it really is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books. As is the Lucky One, Save Haven and even the Wedding. I still hope to read The Choice and The Longest Ride. I don’t mind reading a Nicholas Sparks book from time to time but they are not my go to read. I try to read the book though before I see a movie, I like it better that way. One I know what to expect and two I know what really happens in case they make it too hollywood.
I am always game for a Nicolas Sparks movie, but my favorite is probably Nights in Rodanthe. Is it one of his better movies, probably not. But for me everytime I watch it it takes to the place I love most, the Outer Banks of NC. This is actually one of the movies that follows the book a little more too, which I prefere. I have actaully seen the house they used for filming from afar. The Lucky One and Safe Haven are two of my favorites too. I would have liked Dear John more but they changed it up way too much for me. Another side to the making of a good Nicholas Spraks movie is a good actor. Without a good actor the movie is just okay. That is probably what helped Nights in Rodanthe, Richard Gere, how could you go wrong there.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite movies. My favorite version is probably the BBC version with Colin Firth. I like the newer version too with Keira Knightley. I love Colin Firth to begin with but that version seems to follow the book more. But Keria Knightly was wonderful as Elizabeth Bennett. It was actaully that version I saw frist that made me fall in love with Pride and Prejudice. Then I read the book and then saw the Colin Firth movie. Don’t get me wrong the Keira Knightly version is good and I like it if I want a quick P&P fix but for this Southern Belle Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy. I really thought Death comes to Premberly was good too but that is a whole different ballgame.
When it comes to Gone With the Wind it makes more sence to start with the movie since I saw it before I read the book. I will never forget the first time I saw the movie Gone With the Wind (if I have shared this story with you before sorry). I was probably in the sixth or seven grade. By this point in my life I had heard about this epic movie called Gone With the Wind but that was it. One night while flipping channels at home with my mom, I discovered it was one tv, and it had just really started, it was net yet to the scene where Rhett is standing at the bottom of the staris staring up at Scarlett. I was told if I wanted to watch it I had to go upstairs to watch it, and since I did not have cable in my room at this time I had to go to my parents room to watch it. I was a goner the first time I saw Rhett Butler standing there at the bottom of the stairs. My mom came later in the movie, I am sure expecting to find me asleep, but I was not my eyes were glued to Rhett Butler and Gone With the Wind. And I can still remember to this day her asking my in shock “are you still watching this?” and my answer being “I love this movie. It wasn’t until I finished college that I was finally able to find the time and attention needed to read the book and learn that the movie and book had a lot of differences. More on the book tomorrow. I think Gone With the Wind is one of those classics that does not get enough air time and part of me wishes in this age of remakes that someone would remake Gone With the Wind but another part of me does not because I know it would not be as good as the original. There will never be another man who could play Rhett Butler like Clark Gable did.