My Rendition of Film & Lit

        I would love to teach a film and literature class someday. I am studying to be an English teacher, so the books I should most or least like to teach have not been far from my mind. Emily Brontë's 1847 Wuthering Heights, filmed in 1939 by William Wyler, is definitely one that I should enjoy teaching, along with some others not taught in this class. The plot is complex, and the movie does an excellent job reflecting the book. However, I should not want to teach Tennessee Williams' 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire, filmed in 1951 by Elia Kazan from this class, as well as other often taught books and films because I am tired of reading and watching them.

        But I should have to say the book/film combination I should most like to cover is a definitely a two-way tie. These two would be Jane Austen's 1813 Pride and Prejudice, filmed in 2005 by Joe Wright, and Ken Kesey's 1962 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, directed in 1975 by Milos Forman. Not only am I a huge Jane Austen fan, but I am a Jack Nicholson fan as well. Regardless of who wrote them, or who played in the movies, these two novels have always stuck with me. They were a challenge to read and a marvel to watch. I would be lying if I told you that I understood Pride and Prejudice the first time that I read it, or even the second time. I literally had to alternate between the novel itself and a dictionary. But that is what I loved about it; it was a challenge. That book made me appreciate the English language more. And One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest is just a classic story, in my opinion. Because I am so passionate about these film/book combinations, I feel that I should do a pretty good job of teaching them and helping students better understand them.

        Some other film/book combinations I should like to teach would be Jane Austen's 1811 Sense and Sensibility, filmed in 1995 by Ang Lee, F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1927 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, filmed in 2008 by David Fincher, Homer's The Odyssey, with the Coen brothers' 2000 film O Brother Where Art Thou? , directed by Joel Coen, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 The Great Gatsby, filmed in 1974 by Jack Clayton.

        The film,/book combinations that I should not like to teach would be A Streetcar Named Desire, John Steinbeck's 1937 Of Mice and Men, directed in 1939 by Lewis Milestone, or Harper Lee's 1960 To Kill a Mocking Bird, directed in 1962 by Robert Mulligan. Not that these are not good books; I guess they have just been so common throughout my education that I am just tired of reading them. I am afraid that I would communicate my lack of enthusiasm to the students.

        In the 1951 film I feel that the books and films we experienced in the class were a very interesting variety, but I should prefer to incorporate my choices cited above as well.

Tarren Powers

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