To Kill a Mockingbird Movie & Book Thoughts – Book 36

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is classic, award-winning novel, and one I am glad that I had the opportunity to reread after high school.

I can’t do a traditional review of such an amazing classic, especially one that most of us have read in high school.  So I’ll keep my thoughts short.

Scout was a fabulous narrator.  As a child, she saw things as black or white (no racial pun intended).  Speaking to Jem about the differences among people, Scout says, “I think there’s just one kind of folks.  Folks.”

That quote represents Scout’s thinking throughout the whole book.  If there’s just one kind of folks, then why can’t we get along?

Fathom Events hosted a Turner Classic Movie Event Series, which brought back some of the classics to the theater.  For one night only, classic movies are shown, and last night’s movie was none other than To Kill a Mockingbird.

The movie was even better than I remembered: A great adaptation of the novel.  Much of the dialogue was taken directly from the novel’s text, and the digitally remastered movie looked amazing.

One of the most interesting parts happened before the movie, when the Turner Classic Movies host gave us some fun facts about the movie itself.

For instance, the actor playing Jem only auditioned for the part because it got him out of a day of school.  And the actress playing Scout flubbed her lines on purpose because she was having so much fun filming, she never wanted it to end.

I want to thank Florinda at the 3 R’s Blog: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness and Harper Collins Publishers for both the tickets and the book!

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4 thoughts on “To Kill a Mockingbird Movie & Book Thoughts – Book 36

  1. This was published before the Civil Rights movement in the 60s and had influenced public opinion in much the same way as Uncle Tom’s Cabin did 100 years before. It put a face and heart on oppression.

    The Help reflects the social behaviors of the haves to the have nots.

    This attitude still exists as reflected in the 47% video shows but we the people are getting closer to the folks is folks ideal.

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    • I agree. I think that the movie and book are still just as valuable today in teaching lessons. No matter what the color of your skin, religion, political party, disability, you’re still a person and deserve to be treated like one.

      The Help was a really great book too!

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