Also, I am looking at next month's theme as well. We may vote on themes, let me know if you guys think that is too much voting and shit.
Election by Tom Perotta
Set in Winwood, New Jersey, Tom Perrotta's novel "Election" is a story of high school politics and student election drama. Mr. M., a popular history teacher, encourages Paul Warren, a good kid, to run for Student Government Association president against Tracy Flick, a manipulative over-achiever. When Lisa Flanagan decides to be Paul's campaign manager and begins dating him, Paul's sister Tammy (a lesbian who failed to seduce Lisa, her former best friend), decides to run against Paul as well.
The book is available as an ebook from openlibrary.com, let me know if you have trouble getting it.
Please keep any discussion in spoilers until the 7th. After the 7th it is open discussion.
Even though this isn't something I'm really interested in, I'll try to work it in this month anyhow. Glad to see someone picking up the BOTM torch.
You might like it. His book The Leftovers that we read, it wasn't terrible, just the end felt like it went nowhere in the end and it had at least one plotline that was 100% extraneous. As far as character development and stuff it was decent, and the premise was good. The premise of this book is good, and I consider the movie a classic, so I am hopeful.
My whole strategy with this is to read books I would never read otherwise and get other people to do the same. Good books, hopefully.
I'm sorry but based on that description posted I'll never read this. Sounds like a lifetime movie or a show that airs at 3:30 after school on CW.
Shit I missed that we had a poll. I thought Chaos just chose this for us, carry on.
Last edited by Zodiac; 07-01-2014 at 05:23 PM.
I voted for Goodfellas. Y'all are gay. I'm reading it though. I couldn't stand the movie, or the leftovers, so my expectations are low.
The book is incredibly short. Read it in 2 hours at work. That said, it's really great and if you think it's a soap opera lifetime movie thing, you're wrong. In fact, it's a pretty amazing piece for those of us in the low 30's. Since it was written in 98 and set in 92 you can see all the foreshadowing and callbacks Perrotta is using with clear eyes.
Yeah I finished it last week on the day I was saying how short it was. Really, really short. It's the 7th so no need for spoilers of the content.
I liked it, I think I liked the ambiguous ending of the book better than I liked the ambiguous ending of the movie. It has been a while since I have seen the movie, so I don't really remember a lot of details. Like, I don't remember Tammy being that fleshed out. The ending of her arc was pretty much perfect. I don't really get the 92 symbolism but I don't know much about the election so I guess I wouldn't. This was much better than The Leftovers, I thought, although I could definitely tell they were by the same author.
I think we may go with Grim's sports theme idea for next month, seems like a topic that can be varied and focused at the same time.
Ordered this today. Hopefully will finish it this weekend.
Read it last night. The parts that were in the movie didn't come off as funny as there, but everything post controversy where it varies a lot and you get so much insight in to who the characters really are was outstanding. At the end of the movie you don't really care about the characters, so much more of it was played for laughs. Plus it's not like they can really get in the characters heads like the book. By the end of the book you don't really dislike any of them or view them as these sort of caricatures. Each one of them is explained and you can sympathize with them completely. I get that it wouldn't work on screen, but I absolutely loved how it was handled in the book. Everything felt a lot more hopeful and I kind of wanted everyone to succeed going forward. Kind of bummed Mr. M didn't go back to talk to Lisa at the ice cream place though.
Yea, it's better than the movie by far.
If you like that theme, About a Boy is also a book, but the movie adaptation is quite good. A lot of that guy's material has been made into film.
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