Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Trespass Trailer: The Road

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This week's Trespass Teaser Trailer is all about the Aussies. By which I mean Australian director John Hillcoat and his possy of locals tackling Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Road.

Given how immensely popular No Country for Old Men was, it'll be interesting to see how The Road is received. Though an Australian release date is yet to be announced, I know I've got at least until October to catch up on the book.

Speaking of which, the Oprah interview with McCarthy that I link to in the post is worth a look. Evidently his first interview, the poor fellow couldn't look more uncomfortable. If he scrunched lower in to his chair he might have disappeared (as I'm fairly sure was his intention)!

So, book adaptations: do you read the book before or after? Given the world is never going to be as you imagined it, nor do the characters (and their names - I'm weird with pronunciation sometimes) sound like you thought they would. I'm all for taking a film on its own terms, but lately I'm more for reading the book afterward; treating the film as almost a prelude to the 'real' world of the novel.

Thoughts? Surely I'm not the only one who pronounces names strangely in my head?!


Australian Release Date: 28 January 2010

US Release Date: 16 October 2009

2 comments:

Jenaveve said...

Er, no. I went through the first Harry Potter (forever ago) pronouncing the young girl's name as 'Her-me-oh-nee'. And if the names are too convoluted, I'll just gloss over it: 'Herm-meh...' and keep reading.

Good question: I used to have to read the book first but I just can't seem to keep up! I wish there were some more original films rather than constant book adaptions.

I still refuse to watch Memoirs of a Geisha until I've read it... old habits.

Alice said...

Thanks, Jenaveve - so pleased to hear it's not just me! So true about glossing over names, I definitely do that too.

I agree that it's hard to keep up with all the books, and over and over again I've been disappointed by the adaptations (ohhh but they left out that scene, or what about that character!) - I find it takes me out of the film. So here I am thinking reading the book afterward would be a clever way to get around that.

However, my friend made the good point that if you watch the film first, you'll always imagine those actors (that setting, etc) when you read the book, limiting your imagination.

It's a Catch 22 (ahh, bad pun!).

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