Good books often become movies that, to the reader, are either a tremendous success or a complete disappointment.
The Hunger Games suggested above…I believe every young girl should read the Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn.
I have my concerns after walking threw the new & popular teen books at on the major bookstores. See my reply above, but more so- this is a natural time to bridge from young adult to adult fiction. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Despite what other critics have said, I thought this was an excellent film—3? out of 4 stars from me. This film respected that to a degree, but I feared otherwise throughout its 2 hour running time.
I have found, with the exception of The Princess Bride, movies inspired by books have some significant differences from the printed inspiration. I like to read the book no sooner than six months prior to seeing the movie so the inconsistencies are not as glaring, or wait until I have seen the movie to read the book. A tragedy of humor as Kate Reddy tries to have it all: breadwinner career, husband, two children, friends and a reliable nanny.
In a world of isolation where it is not certain a full stomach will ever be in one’s future, the government has developed a game competing a male and female from each district against each other in a reality program that has a nation engaged. I have not read this See novel but have read Shanghai Girls and the sequel, Dreaming of Joy.
Unto Meadow Farm, about to go under financially, is born the only animal to be named one of the top 10 athletes in the world … The history of a triple-crown winner is its own spoiler, yet that knowledge in no way diminishes the story supporting the facts.
Her love affair with the world of books and stories is eclipsed only by her love for her family and God. I have read quite a few of these books, but I will have to check out the ones I haven't read yet. It is based on the best selling book by Lisa See, with the film being directed by Wayne Wang.
Born on the same day in the same year, they are bound to become lifelong sisters and best friends. It is well made, the acting is top notch, the visuals appropriate, and the score—provided by Academy Award winning composer Rachel Portman—is excellent. Several people in the theater, including my wife, were in tears, and I was personally touched by the film. Sexual content is limited to a single scene that shows Snow Flower having intercourse with her husband, but, besides his back, there isn’t any skin shown, and it is brief.
It was a scant 2 hours though, as the engrossing story kept my attention to the point that I never felt it was going on too long—this coming from a guy who typically reserves theater trips for action or horror movies. The scenery and the music were very beautiful, and gave kind of a sweeping epic feel to the story. If you have seen this movie and would like to share your observations and insights with others to be posted here, please contact us! The details so eloquently waxed in print become lost in staging, and many storylines are modified to create a film with impact in a reasonable running time.

Bottom line, a good read is a good read; the cinema powers know the book will (often) translate into a solid script and ticket sales. The 1960′s in Jackson, Mississippi is the setting of a story exposing the world of the privileged Junior League ladies and the maids that see to their homes and children. My friend, Joanna, introduced many women to this book to bring a little relief to a demanding life of a wife and mother. Each brings you into the world of women in China, drawing you into their culture while exposing the internal strength required to survive in the variety of social economic circumstances from a time of bound feet to communist rule.
Told from the perspective of a man looking back on the most pivotal year of his life–the year he ran away from all he knew and joined the circus.
I like the strength of Penney Cheney and the graceful way she walked out what she knew in her heart to be true.
As a mom of an eighth grader girl, any suggestions on good quality, intriguing books that might peak her somewhat eccentric interests? You name some classics I have not read but hear good things about… Thanks for chimimng in.
The movie opens with successful businesswoman Sophia on the verge of a move to New York after a promotion.
While waiting on Nina to hopefully awake, she travels around to find out what her old friend’s life had become like during their time apart. The movie tells the story of their friendship and lives as Chinese women growing up in their culture, and the struggles they endure. I didn’t find the constant flashbacks at all confusing, because they come at the right times, and are usually indicated by Nina staring off into space, or focused on a particular object, place, or person.
I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good drama or historical movie featuring Asian culture. Buddhism doesn’t feature either, fortunately, except for the practice of burning incense for the deceased. In this movie, when Lily’s husband is about to travel for business, she simply asks if it would be safe, since it’s a considerable distance away. No doubt a close friendship is a good thing, as even Jonathan and David had a covenant relationship with each other. I liked that it ended with hope; that the modern friendship would make good on their second chance and learn from the mistakes of the older one. I find her characters to have relatable qualities revealing a depth I connect to woven into a completely engaging storyline. The characters are rich, though the story at times is rough in the lack of value placed on animals and people by the antagonist. Each person has different band widths as to what they can intake and not be overly influenced by- so walk in personal discernment. There is also a much welcomed appearance by Hugh Jackman, who plays an ex-boyfriend of Nina’s. There is, also, some talk of astrology, as the “laotongs” are linked in accordance with their signs. Snow Flower is out, but in limited release and will probably be on DVD in the next few months. If you see a sudden change in disposition pair with a new book or author- flag it, help the reader get some space from it and see the negative change fades away.

She then rides off on her bicycle, so lost in her thoughts that she ends up getting hit by a car. She, also, comes upon a novel that Nina had been writing, which tells the story of Snow Flower and Lily.
When I heard he was in the film I was a little put off, but I think it was a good idea to cast him as someone the American audiences could recognize.
Sacrificial love is demonstrated by both women, throughout the film, and in heartwarming fashion. Sickness and death is touched upon, especially during the part of the story about Snow Flower and Lily, at a time when plagues had little or no remedy. It’s painful, as is accurately portrayed in the film, and leads to all sorts of physical problems. Good friendships are a blessing, but I was a little leery when this movie seemed to promote them above God’s holy institution of marriage. To Jackee every character and plot line is a teacher, and she loves to share these lessons with others.
The friendship is beautiful, and such love between friends is sorely missing today, even in the Christian community. The men considered it beautiful and thus, to be married well, a woman’s feet needed to be bound well. Husbands and wives do not exist simply for procreation, sex, or social status (as seems to be the case in the film, at times), but for love and affection (1 Corinthians 7) and to model the closeness of the relationship between Christ and His Church—and Christ and individual believers. I look forward to seeing how it plays out on the screen, though I confess I am holding my breath about what compromises to the story may have occurred to make it a movie. There’s also a bit of drug use, as one of the girls” fathers has an addiction to opium, but, like the abuse, it isn’t portrayed at all in a positive light.
Although God calls for a woman to submit to her husband and may give different roles to men and women, He clearly states that men and women are equal. The one-flesh relationship, for which a man leaves his father and mother, is sacred, and should be honored as such. I don’t feel any friendship should ever come before that, and, at times, this movie dabbled around that line.
And a husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church, and to treat her as well as he would his own body (Ephesians 5).
While friends should be loyal to each other, ultimately, besides God, the spousal relationship comes before all others.
Subjecting women to such awful practices, and treating them as if their concerns shouldn’t be taken into account was commonplace in the old days and in many cultures.
Unfortunately the women’s lib movements have gone far and beyond what they set out to do (and what the Bible would call for), but having such mindsets mostly behind us is certainly a good thing.

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