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White Oleander

White Oleander

Date: Nov 13 2002


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Hello Movie Fans,
This week Tanis and I talk about a movie that was made from a book. We both read the book and enjoyed it, but have our doubts to how good the movie will be.


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Anna:  Tanis did you read the book, uh, “White Oleander,” by Janet Finch?

Tanis:  Yeah I did, I read that when it first came out. I thought it was great, but it was awhile back. They just made a movie of it though.

Anna:  Yeah, had you seen the,...have, have you seen the movie yet?

Tanis:  No, I want to see it so badly, but, uh, nobody will go with me.

Anna:  I’ll go with you, but don’t you find that normally when they make books into movies they’re not as good.

Tanis:   Yeah, I’m always a little bit hesitant to go see uh, the film of a book that I actually liked and I did really like this book. Did you read it?

Anna:  I read it and I really liked it, but I’m afraid also to see the movie. But it has some really good actresses, um, do you remember who they are?

Tanis:   Well I know that um, Michelle Pfeiffer was in it and then Renee Zellweger, but I think there’s another couple of big names I wasn’t quite sure who they were.

Anna:  It’s got mixed reviews, apparently the girl does a great job. But, I guess we should see it and find out for ourselves.

Tanis:  Yeah, I’d love that.



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As you can tell from our conversation, we both are leery about seeing the movie. It is a general rule of thumb that movies made from books are not as well received as original screenplays. One recent movie made from a book is Harry Potter. This movie followed the plot of the book exactly and got rave reviews. Some books have been made into movies numerous times, like the classic love story Romeo and Juliet.
Have a great week,


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