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: 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.
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.