Books Become Movies

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 6 weeks
Starting: 09/10/2024
Ending: 10/15/2024
Period of Day: Period 1 In-Person
Time: 9:45 - 11:15
Course Fee: $60

Course Description:

What happens when a good book is made into a movie?  Is one the duplicate of the other?  If not, why not?  One week we will read a book and discuss its themes, characters, settings, and historical background.  The following week, having seen the movie based on the book, we’ll compare the treatment of characters and themes—how closely does the director follow the author’s intent?  Why do you think any changes were made?  Which had the greater impact on you?

The books and movies we’ll be discussing are Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, a heartbreaking coming-of-age murder mystery that is ultimately a magnificent celebration of the natural world; .A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman, a novel about the grumpy old man next door and a profound exploration of the impact one life can have on so many others; and Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, a riveting true-life murder mystery about one of the most horrible crimes in American history and the birth of the FBI.  All three novels were #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and both the books and the movies are available in the Minuteman Library System.  Where the Crawdads Sing is also available on Amazon Prime and Hulu; A Man Called Ove is also available on Amazon Prime; and Killers of the Flower Moon is also available on Apple TV and Amazon Prime.

Please note that the last class will take place on October 15, during the break week.

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Course Leader Bio(s)

Claire Levovsky

I have taught this subject using different books and movies, both at LLAIC and Regis College’s adult program.  I have a Bachelors in English and Secondary School, a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Masters in professional writing.


Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

A Man Called Ove, Fredrick Backman

Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann