During the Oscars on Sunday, there will be lots of glamour, gold and jewels but very few books. Yet before the stars, the lights, the effects and the costumes, there were words.
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Are you a Lit Luvin' film buff? Give this Oscar quiz. Then make sure you're watching the Oscars with friends who did not spend a college career readying themeselves to even be halfway competitive in Sunday night's casual Oscar commentary trivia competition.
It was a good year for literature. At least, if Hollywood's chase the money modus operendi is any indicator. Though I don't consider myself a film buff by any means and am more often disappointed in film adaptations of great literature than not, I happened to see quite a few of the films nominated for this year's Oscar Best Movie category. And, I must admit that the film industry's bet on great storylines has led to some pretty impressive visual storytelling efforts.
And, although I realize, having been on both sides of the issue at various times in my teaching career, that tthe pull towards judging film adaptations by the rubric of the original text has left many scornful of film adaptations, they do lead thousands of people who hadn't studied the original texts back to their bookstores to read great literature that had escaped their to do lists until the adaptation sparked an unprecedented interest.
So, take the quiz, enjoy the advantage you have because of your passion for great storytelling, and practice the casual tone necessary for dropping in an offhand comment or ten among your Oscar watching companions. You know, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the best movie was given to the story written by a former English teacher?"
Say is casually, stick it into the conversation early, and neglect to mention which of the nominated films it was that you're referencing almost as though you didn't realize that people would need to told which one it was.
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