Book-To-Movie Adaptations

May 3, 2019
Originally published on May 7, 2019 9:33 am

What's better, the movie or the book? In this word game, contestants mash up book and movie titles.

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. Before the break, we met our contestants Nicole and Beka. Your next challenge is a word game. We mashed up famous books and movie titles to create some entirely new, not-so-faithful adaptations.

COULTON: For example, if we said under the pseudonym George Eliot, Mary Ann Evans wrote this book about Antarctic birds, you would answer "Middlemarch Of The Penguins."

EISENBERG: It sounds tricky, but the points are doubled. Beka, stay in the lead, and you're in the final round. Nicole, you need to get more points, or you have to read a book.

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EISENBERG: OK. Here we go. In this Charlotte Bronte adaptation, a young woman moves to Thornfield Hall and watches as a mysterious golden retriever named Mr. Rochester helps a middle-school basketball team win the championship.

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EISENBERG: Nicole is just nodding. No.

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EISENBERG: Beka.

BEKA STECKY: So the movie is "Air Bud" I think...

EISENBERG: OK.

STECKY: ...Which means that the book by Charlotte Bronte has to end with air - air...

EISENBERG: I'm going to give you a couple more seconds to work it out.

STECKY: "Summer Air Bud"?

EISENBERG: Oh, my - you are going to kill me when I tell you what the answer is.

STECKY: "Autumn Air Bud"?

EISENBERG: OK - "Jane Eyre Bud."

NICOLE POMETTI: Oh, wow.

STECKY: Oh. Oh. I was...

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STECKY: OK. OK.

COULTON: Based on a Virginia Woolf novel that takes place over just one day, this movie follows a middle-aged woman as she plans for a most excellent gathering and encourages everyone to party on.

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COULTON: Nicole.

POMETTI: "Mrs. Dallo-Wayne's World"?

COULTON: Yeah. That's right.

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EISENBERG: That was most excellent.

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EISENBERG: Here's your next one. In this Zora Neale Hurston adaptation, Janie Crawford's journey of self-discovery ends with a fight against a giant mutant reptile in the streets of Tokyo.

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EISENBERG: Nicole.

POMETTI: "Their Eyes Were Watching Godzilla"?

EISENBERG: Yes, indeed.

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EISENBERG: My eyes were watching your eyes get that.

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EISENBERG: Satisfying.

COULTON: This is your last clue. An adaptation of the bestselling book of all time gets even more boring with a subplot about a minor league baseball team in North Carolina. Luckily, Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon are there to steam up the New Testament.

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POMETTI: OK - long shot.

COULTON: Nicole.

POMETTI: "The Bible Durham"?

COULTON: Yeah. That's right.

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COULTON: Well done.

EISENBERG: Yes. "Bull Durham" - the only thing more overrated than the Bible.

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EISENBERG: OK. With that last answer, Nicole pulled forward and is going to the final round.

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