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PostSubject: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:26 am

I'm reading it for english class right now. has anyone else ever read it? I'm enjoying it so far, I'm a little more than halfway through the book right now. my english teacher was glad to hear me say I'm enjoying the book!
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:00 am

One of my all-time favorite books! The movie is great, too. I remember doing a book report on Mockingbird in 9th grade English class.

It's interesting that Harper Lee never published anything else except that one novel. :think:
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:29 pm

I wonder if, because of the critical acclaim, and the amazing success, she felt like nothing else she wrote could top that? :think: I think she had two more unfinished novels, if I remember correctly.
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:04 pm

Oh, I hadn't heard about that.

I just checked her Wiki entry, and it said she had one unfinished novel and one unfinished nonfiction book about an Alabama serial killer.
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:16 pm

my english teacher said the character "Scout" is based off of Harper Lee as Harper was as a child. does anyone know if that is true?


does the title have anything to do with the Tom Robinson case Atticus takes on?
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:49 pm

Yes, I believe Harper based Scout on herself. And the character of Dill was based on the novelist Truman Capote, who was Harper's real-life playmate as a child.

You'll understand the meaning of the title when you get to the last few pages of the book. Thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:14 pm

:) :) I hope so! a kid in my class thought the title had something to do with Boo Radley but I think it has something to do with the Tom Robinson case. who knows? lol I'm going to try to finish it before my birthday, which is this Saturday!
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:28 pm

One of you is right. grinsmiley
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:35 pm

I love this book...and I love the film! It is a powerful story with wonderfully rich characters.

Yes, Scout is based loosely on Harper Lee. The character of Dill was based on author Truman Capote (author of In Cold Blood), who was a childhood friend of Harper Lee.





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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:10 pm

i have never read it. a lot of my friends have and they said it is good. what is it about?



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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:20 pm

It's a story about a lawyer named Atticus Finch, who lives in a small Alabama town in the 1930s. He defends a black man who's been wrongly accused of assaulting a white woman.

The story is told through the eyes of Atticus's young daughter, Scout. There's also a mystery about a guy named Boo Radley who lives in their neighborhood. He stays in his house and nobody ever sees him, and there are all kinds of stories about him being crazy or a monster. Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill become obsessed with getting Boo to come out.

It's a wonderful story. And if you get a chance to see the movie, it's really good, too!

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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:25 pm

that sounds really good. i think that i will check it out at the library. thanks Rob!



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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:13 pm

You're welcome, Em. I read it in 8th or 9th grade when I did a report on it, and it's still my favorite book.
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:26 am

I'm on chapter 26 right now. I just found out which character dies in the story. I could not believe who it was! but it's still a really good book!
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:43 pm

the book was very good put the movie was not up to my expectations :(
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:10 pm

I bought a copy of this book for my dad for Christmas. After he reads it, I may read it again! I do that alot if I enjoy a book enough!
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:18 am

I also love to re-read my favorite books. Some people think it's weird, but to me it's no different than watching a favorite movie more than once. I bet I've read Mockingbird half a dozen times in my life.
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:04 am

I was looking on IMDB for the movie and didn't realize they had re-made it in 1997. Has anyone seen the newer version?

Interestingly enough, anyone that watches "Guiding Light" the actress that played "Scout" in the remake is Joie (Lenz) Galeotti, played (those that have watched GL for awhile know this info. and no, I'm not making it up!) "Clone Reva" and then again was brought back later to play "Michelle Bauer Santos."



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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:07 am

Oh wow, I didn't know there had been a remake. Wonder how I missed that. I'll have to look for it on Netflix...

Thanks, Misti!
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:09 am

I have always wanted to see the movie. My cousin loves the book and movie....someday soon maybe I will see it!


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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:55 am

Rob wrote:
Oh wow, I didn't know there had been a remake. Wonder how I missed that. I'll have to look for it on Netflix...

Thanks, Misti!

I didn't know that there was a remake, either! Did you ever find it, Rob? It's hard to imagine anyone other than Gregory Peck starring as Atticus Finch. (Although, I've read that he was actually the studios third choice!) I haven't seen it in years, but still.....When I think of Gregory Peck, that's the first role I think of.
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:11 am

To tell the truth, I forgot all about this until I saw Julia's post yesterday. I found this on IMDB:

To Kill a Mockingbird, 1997

TKAM is one of my favorite movies, so it's funny I hadn't heard about this. It's not available on Netflix.

I didn't know that Gregory Peck wasn't the first choice! Which other actors were ahead of him?
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:51 am

Rock Hudson (first choice) and James Stewart.
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:58 am

Oh! I could definitely see James Stewart in the role. Not sure about Rock. A little too much of the leading man type, maybe.

Do you know why they both passed on the role? Maybe they just had prior commitments?
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PostSubject: Re: To Kill A Mockingbird   Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:00 pm

I don't know why Rock Hudson passed on the role - but I totally agree that he's too "leading man" for the part. James Stewart read the script and found it to be too liberal. He worried that it would be a controversial movie.
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