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Book Review: A Christmas Story: The Book that Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

I finally got myself a library pass. It’s been 14 years since the last time I saw a library card. I was excited…I no longer had to buy books. I could now just borrow them and give em’ back when I was done.
The library pass was how I came across A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film. The hard covered book featured Ralphie on the cover looking up as if he were daydreaming about Red Ryder.

I grabbed the book as if it were the last copy on earth. How cool!

I knew books were always better than the films, so I was really excited to tear through this one at home.

A Christmas Story: I was sipping on coffee with heaters turned on inside my room reading this book. Read more about handy heaters reviews here. It keeps you hot during cold days so you can enjoy reading. The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film is relatively different compared to the movie. Honestly I think this is the first time in my own personal history that I found the movie to be better than the book.

Not that the book sucked…but because the book sort of jumped around.

What you see in the original movie is just a weave of a bunch of different stories in the authors memory that occurred at different times in his life.

The first short story is the story of Red Ryder.

The book tells the Red Ryder story nearly the same, but a few things are different, and it plays out a lot faster in the book then it did in the movie.

In the beginning of the book, I was actually lost and confused. The beginning of the book was basically the author in ‘now’ time going back to a memory of when he was a kid. It took me a minute to grasp that, only because my mind was expecting to go right into the tale played out like the movie.

Not that the book was terrible, it was just not what I was expecting. I was thinking it would be like the movie, from start to finish, only with more added detail. It was like that, but the added detail at times was not as great as I would expect.

The last story in the book deals with the Bumpus hillbilly neighbors. If you are a true fan of A Christmas Story, then you will know the last chapter quite well from A Summer Story. A follow up to A Christmas Story that so little people are aware of.

Basically the last chapter in A Christmas Story, is really a mini glimpse into the movie A Summer Story, that dealt with the Bumpus neighbors. A great flick to rent if you have never seen it.

A lot of folks don’t really have wonderful things to say about the final fifth story in A Christmas Story, however if they actually knew about A Summer Story and the charm that the flick delivered, I think they’d see things differently.

Overall all 5 short stories in the book were weaved into what happened in the movie. Some stories you could actually hear Ralphie speaking lines from the movie, as many lines were pulled from the book.

Overall:

It was an enjoyable read, a bit different from what I thought it would be, but still a very fun read that painted a vivid story. I recommend it to fans of the movie.

The Foundation Book Review

The Foundation was not at all a character driven story. This being said, there is one character worthy of recognition. Hari Seldon was not the main character throughout the story, and yet he played the most important role throughout it. Hari was the one who determined that there would be what was later named The Seldon Crisis. He knew it was coming before anyone else did. He used his ability of psychohistory to be able to mathematically calculate what would happen at approximately what time. The ability of psychohistory allowed all of the following events to happen so that The Seldon Crisis could be shortened. Possessing that kind of power could be very great, but it could also ruin a person’s life.

Though Hari Seldon was not a major character in any part of The Foundation other than in Part 1, he left his lasting impression in many ways. Though he died shortly after setting up the construction of the Foundation and The Encyclopedia Galactica, he helped the whole galaxy reduce its time in The Seldon Crisis. What Seldon accomplished in the story is what many people wish to do in real life. A person only lives for so long, but through certain forms their name can live on. Having a child is one form of leaving an impression. The parent knows that even when their time comes, part of them will live on in their child. A writer like Isaac Asimov knows that his legacy will last through his writing. Like these examples, Hari Seldon knew that he would be able to leave his everlasting impression by starting the Foundation and the creation of The Encyclopedia Galactica.

Hari Seldon also knew approximately what time each event was going to happen, including his death. Knowing when you are going to die would be a very scary and difficult to grasp. Not only does Seldon handle this issue well, but he acts like it is no big deal at all, really. Even if a human knows that he/she has fulfilled what he/she was meant to fulfill, it’s human nature to want to stay alive. Seldon simply ignores this matter and carries on with trying to protect the galaxy. This shows complete selflessness. Seldon put his galaxy and good innocent people before his own life, which would take an amazing amount of mind power and courage.

Hari Seldon knew his purpose in his galaxy. He had to shorten the future Seldon Crisis as much as he possibly could. He had to deal with issues such as death, which would hinder any other. Seldon managed to push through all that and carry out what he believed needed to be done to save the galaxy. He left his impression in both the time vault, The Encyclopedia Galactica, the Foundation, and as a hero of the galaxy. He was not a main character throughout the story, but everyone can agree that without Seldon, the galaxy would have been doomed.

Book Review: Alices Adventures in Wonderland

One of the hardest things to do when comparing a book and a movie is to explain why a book is different than a movie when the plot and characters are largely the same and it is even more difficult when they are both classic. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most famous children’s stories of all time, but the truth is that it is very difficult to say that it is a child’s story because while it is written for children as an adult I found myself checking the meaning of words and reading things twice to make certain that I understand them.


The plot of Alice’s Adventures in wonderland are very similar to those of the Disney movie. A young girl is in the woods with her older sister and sees a white rabbit where she chases it down a rabbit hole and ends up in a strange world filled with talking animals and strange insane people. She finds the tea party, the cricket game with the queen of hearts, who does threaten to behead everyone. Only towards the end does the plot change much.

The reason why this doesn’t make the movie a replacement for the book is that the plot of this story is largely unimportant. It is generally nonsense in the literal sense of that term and the book takes its time with each of these events playing with puns, logical ideas, and a great many other things that simple do not translate well to a movie.

The major difficulty of this book is that the way people use the English language has changed and while some might say that we simply are not as smart as the people in that time I would say that there are just as many words we now use and understand that would confuse them as those they used that confuse us. The idea of a hatter for example is one that simply makes very little sense in the modern world, but a person who makes hats in the late 1800’s would make perfect sense as the idea of textile mills and clothing factories would not be common.

This is a great story to read a young child as there is a lot of whimsy in the story, but if you don’t have children this is still a story that is well worth reading both as a classic and as a story that is enlightening and entertaining.

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