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message 1: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) For the month of May, Flights of Fantasy is renting out a movie theater and showing movie marathons to inspire books for you to read.

How this works:
- There are three movies in each marathon. Each movie has three themes associated with it. The goal is to read a book based on one of the themes for EACH movie in a marathon.
- You may complete as many themes for each movie as you want, but you must read a book for at least one theme for each movie in a marathon set to complete the marathon.
- Themes cannot be reused for more than one book.
- For books to count, they must be read or reread in the month of May.
- Books read for the themes DO NOT need to be in the marathon genre.

Tracking Example:
Sci-Fi Marathon -- Complete
Star Trek > Takes place in space: Leviathan Wakes
Star Trek > Involves a clash of cultures: Shōgun (East vs Western culture)
THX 1138 > Mind control: A Clockwork Orange
Solaris > Originally in a foreign language: The Shadow of the Wind

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Marathons and Themes:
SCI-FI
Star Trek:
1) Takes place in space
2) Involves a clash of cultures or worlds
3) Contains future technology

THX 1138:
1) Rigid societal roles
2) Mind-control drugs/manipulation/brain-washing
3) No names, just numbers

Solaris:
1) Exploration or discovery of "alien intelligence"
2) Quite mysterious
3) Originally written in a foreign language

FANTASY
Stardust:
1) Magical kingdom
2) Trio of witches
3) Pirates!

Clash of the Titans:
1) Mythology
2) Polytheism
3) Monsters

Pan's Labyrinth:
1) Contains a maze or labyrinth
2) The main character is tested to prove worthiness
3) Contains fairies

HORROR
The Shining:
1) Secluded location
2) Main character has writer's block
3) "I see dead people!"

Resident Evil:
1) Biological/viral plague
2) Contains zombies
3) Kick-ass heroine

Rosemary's Baby:
1) Main character is pregnant
2) Takes place in New York City
3) Deal with the devil

YOUNG ADULT/MID-GRADE
Coraline:
1) Alternate dimension/world/universe
2) Main Character has a guide or sidekick to help them
3) Has performers - dancer, acrobat, impersonator, etc

The Neverending Story:
1) Story within a story
2) Alliterative naming convention
3) Has a dragon

The Tale of Despereaux:
1) Anthropomorphism
2) Damsel in distress
3) Unlikely hero


message 2: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Nobody likie? :(


message 3: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Uh, yah!

I just had to drop the puppy off for no more having baby surgery. But now I have time to decide which challenges I'll do first. This will take a few minutes...

I'm leaning towards Star Trek, even though it is "May the Fourth Be With You" weekend ;)


message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily (ohmagichour) | 510 comments I love this!!! I'll be back to decide my goals.


message 5: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments I like :-D


message 6: by Emily (new)

Emily (ohmagichour) | 510 comments Ok, I'm thinking I will for sure do the Fantasy marathon and maaaaaaybe the YA marathon. We shall see.


message 7: by Nan (new)

Nan (felicityk) | 245 comments Great idea Becky :) I like this challenge! Just gotta think about which one(s) to do.


message 8: by Nyssa (last edited May 02, 2014 06:16PM) (new)

Nyssa | 2023 comments Umm... I'm actually really confused....

Edit: So, I could choose, for instance, to do "Fantasy" and then pick Magical Kingdom, Mythology, and Contains Fairies?


message 9: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments I think that's correct.


message 10: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa | 2023 comments MrsJoseph wrote: "I think that's correct."

Thanks Mrs. J. :)

I'll have to think on this. I've been out of the loop for so long. Don't know if I'm coming or going.


message 11: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Nyssa wrote: "Umm... I'm actually really confused....

Edit: So, I could choose, for instance, to do "Fantasy" and then pick Magical Kingdom, Mythology, and Contains Fairies?"


Yes. This is right. :)


message 12: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) For the record, I didn't invent this challenge, it was created as far as I know by the Kindle Smut group, and MrsJ brought it to my attention and got us permission to borrow and tweak it for FOF.

I just adapted it for us. :)


message 13: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments I like this, count me in. I think I have to do some thinking to choose which one(s) to do and what books to read. I will do that today


message 14: by Paolo (new)

Paolo (ppiazzesi) | 166 comments Oooh, a challenge I might actually complete! Sign me up for the Sci Fi marathon.


message 15: by Lee (new)

Lee | 939 comments I suppose I'll sign up for the sci-fi one too. I'll be reading The Martian so I guess that would make the most sense.


message 16: by Paolo (last edited May 06, 2014 08:09AM) (new)

Paolo (ppiazzesi) | 166 comments Sci-Fi Marathon
Star Trek > Takes place in space, involves future technology: The Martian - complete
THX 1138> we´ll see
Solaris > Exploration or discovery of "alien intelligence": The Left Hand of Darkness (planned)

Am I doing this right?


message 17: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Looks good Paolo - but you only need to do one theme under each movie for each book read. However, as long as you read one book per movie and it fits the available theme(s), you're good to go. :)

I originally toyed with the idea of doing a scoring system, but then took it out as it seemed a bit complicated.


message 18: by Paolo (new)

Paolo (ppiazzesi) | 166 comments Cool, thanks! I listed those two for The Martian cause I didn't know which one was a better fit.


message 19: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Just to clarify as well, the book that you read for a movie doesn't have to be the same genre as the movie itself, if the theme fits a book in a different genre.

So, you don't NECESSARILY have to READ a sci-fi book if you go for the sci-fi marathon - I tried to make it interpretable and kinda open.

Example:
SCI-FI
Star Trek:
2) Involves a clash of cultures or worlds: Shōgun (Historical Fiction)

THX 1138:
1) Rigid societal roles: North and South (Classic lit)

Solaris:
2) Quite mysterious: And Then There Were None (Mystery)


message 20: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments Becky wrote: "Just to clarify as well, the book that you read for a movie doesn't have to be the same genre as the movie itself, if the theme fits a book in a different genre.

So, you don't NECESSARILY have to..."


Oh excellent. Thanks for that clarification. I thought the books had to be SF or Fantasy and was having a really hard time with ideas for some of the themes. Of course, with Murphy's law and all, I could find books for TWO movies in each category and for the third one - nada.

This helps.


message 21: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 331 comments Cool! I've been MIA, but I'm back and desperately need a challenge to get my butt moving with my reading! :)


message 22: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments Ridiculous Question!

How long does the MC have to be pregnant for? 2 pages? The whole book?


message 23: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Umm... well, I guess there's no specific ratio for duration of pregnancy to book length, but I would say that the pregnancy being important to the story in some way is more important.

Also to clarify this one (since I didn't really give it much thought lol), I will accept new parents as well - meaning either the pregnancy occurred "off screen" or there's an adoption situation, etc. I'm just looking for that whole "THERE IS A TINY NEW PERSON IN MY LIFE OMGWHATDIDISIGNUPFOR?!" thing. ;)


message 24: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments Got it! Thanks :)


message 25: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments Finished Young Adult/Mid-Grade with;
Coraline>MC has a guide or sidekick: Death Masks
The Neverending Story>Story within a story:Redshirts
The Tale of Despereaux>Unlikely Hero:Old Man's War


message 26: by Karen (last edited May 18, 2014 08:29AM) (new)

Karen | 55 comments Finished Sci-Fi with:
Star Trek: Takes place in space - The Martian
THX 1138: Mind control drugs/manipulation/brain-washing - The Good Sister
Solaris: Quite mysterious - Marvel 1602


message 27: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments Finished Horror with:
The Shining: "I see dead people!" - The Graveyard Book
Resident Evil: Kick-ass heroine - Magic Bleeds
Rosemary's Baby: Deal with the devil - Blood Bound


message 28: by colleen the convivial curmudgeon, Not a book hipster! (last edited May 21, 2014 10:03AM) (new)

colleen the convivial curmudgeon (blackrose13) | 2976 comments YOUNG ADULT/MID-GRADE

Coraline: Alternate dimension/world/universe - Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 01
The Neverending Story: Has a dragon - Dealing with Dragons
The Tale of Despereaux: Unlikely hero - Without a Summer (Melody)


message 29: by Emily (new)

Emily (ohmagichour) | 510 comments YOUNG ADULT/MID-GRADE

Coraline:
Has performers - dancer, acrobat, impersonator, etc - The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
The Neverending Story: Has a dragon - A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
The Tale of Despereaux: Anthropomorphism: The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce

FANTASY

Stardust:
Magical kingdom - Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Clash of the Titans: Polytheism - Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
Pan's Labyrinth: Contains fairies - Changes by Jim Butcher


message 30: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Dang, look at you all go!


message 31: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 331 comments I'm still crawling. I know when I had my first back surgery I didn't read for 2 months. I'm definitely reading, but very slowly...... :(


message 32: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Hey, reading slowly is better than not at all. You'll get there. :)


message 33: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 331 comments True. Thanks, Becky. I'm trying. :)


message 34: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) COMPLETED!
HORROR
The Shining:
1) Secluded location - The Martian
2) Main character has writer's block
3) "I see dead people!"

Resident Evil:
1) Biological/viral plague
2) Contains zombies - The Blue Blazes
3) Kick-ass heroine

Rosemary's Baby:
1) Main character is pregnant - Look Again (Adoption... and stuff.)
2) Takes place in New York City
3) Deal with the devil


message 35: by colleen the convivial curmudgeon, Not a book hipster! (last edited May 24, 2014 10:31AM) (new)

colleen the convivial curmudgeon (blackrose13) | 2976 comments FANTASY

Stardust: Magical kingdom/ Trio of witches: The School for Good and Evil
Clash of the Titans: Monsters - Courtney Crumrin:The Witch Next Door
Pan's Labyrinth: Contains fairies - Unhinged


message 36: by Kathy (last edited May 26, 2014 07:07AM) (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 331 comments HORROR
The Shining: "I See Dead People!" - Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


message 37: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments Finished Sci-Fi with;

Star Trek: Takes place in Space: The Star Thief
THX 11198: Manipulation...etc: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Solaris: Quite mysterious: Her Dark Curiosity


message 38: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments Finished Fantasy with:
Stardust: Magical kingdom - An Artificial Night
Clash of the Titans: Polytheism - Lord of Light
Pan's Labyrinth: Contains fairies - Rosemary and Rue


message 39: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments Holy crap Karen!You are a reading machine!


message 40: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments LOL! Well there a couple of contributing factors to May's large tally. I have been at home recovering from knee surgery for starters. Also, I lecture engineering at one of the universities here and exams ended in May. To balance the stress and potential despair of marking papers, I read whatever the heck I felt like reading! Since I barely left the house, I read to stay sane :)


message 41: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments Well, I hope the surgery was a success and wish you a speedy recovery!


message 42: by Paul (last edited May 31, 2014 11:26PM) (new)

Paul | 0 comments ☆αlly☆ (litєrαry єscαpist) wrote: "Well, I hope the surgery was a success and wish you a speedy recovery!"

Seconded, hope you recover soon Karen :)


message 43: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments Thanks so much! I am seeing progress so I expect sometime in July I can say farewell to the crutches.


message 44: by MrsJoseph *grouchy*, Bad Girls Deadlift (new)

MrsJoseph *grouchy* (mrsjoseph) | 5312 comments ☆αlly☆ (litєrαry єscαpist) wrote: "Well, I hope the surgery was a success and wish you a speedy recovery!"

Agreed. I hope you heal fast (and read faster!) and that the papers aren't too bad.


message 45: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments Thanks Mrs. J :)
I'm trying to be good with the leg. As always with the papers, some make you proud and some make you wonder where the heck were they all semester?!

Now, if you throw another challenge my way, I will be all over that and get my June reading on ;)


message 46: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments Yesss! Challenges!!!

I have to say this one was really well done Becky! Thanks for taking the time to make it :)

*crosses fingers and hopes for more*


message 47: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Well, I can't really take credit, like I said, but I'm a dang good copy & adjuster. LOL

You guys want to do another month of these? I can revamp the movies/criteria...


message 48: by ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ (new)

ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 168 comments pretty please :)


message 49: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 331 comments Sounds good to me. :)


message 50: by Karen (new)

Karen | 55 comments Remixed challenge, new challenge - it's all fine with me :)


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