Picture it: snow’s coming down outside, the lights are dimmed and you’re curled up by the lit tree with a warm drink. You sit there for a moment, pondering the question… the book or the movie?
Well, which would you choose to entertain yourself on a cozy winter night in? Here’s my take on these three Christmas classics and whether I’d choose the book or the movie.
1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss vs. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Ron Howard
I choose: the book
I don’t see how any movie adaption could compare to a Dr. Seuss book, and I’m sure many of you agree. Think about it: The Cat in the Hat staring Mike Myers, Horton Hears a Who starring Jim Carrey and How The Grinch Stole Christmas (also starring Jim Carrey) all have the same vibe to them. Lacking that certain whimsy and simplicity of the author’s originals, I’d say the movies are little less Dr. Seuss-esque and a bit more… well, the three words that best describe them are as follows, and I quote: stink, stank, stunk!
2. A Christmas Story by Bob Clark vs. In God We Trust: All Other’s Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
I choose: the movie
While the book is incredibly entertaining, with a farfetched nature to its exaggerated nonfiction that makes it absolutely hilarious, I’ll always have to go with the movie. This movie has been my favorite Christmas movie for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a Christmas Eve tradition in my family, and yes, I watch it for the entire 24 hours, so shoot my eye out with a Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle.
3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens vs. A Christmas Carol by Robert Zemeckis
I choose: the play
Didn’t see that one coming, did you? As a Bostonian, the North Shore Music Theater’s yearly production of A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition here in Massachusetts. Directed by Kevin P. Hill and starring David Coffee as Scrooge, this show has been bringing Christmas cheer to New England for almost 30 years. Whether it’s the falling snow, the jaunty carols or the spark of the Ghost of Christmas Past, this show never fails to put you in the Christmas spirit, and will be sorely missed this year while the theater’s gone dark. And while I’ve only seen the play twice, there’s something about the way NSMT brings it to life and transports you into the universe that the book, nor the movie, fully achieve.
Now, it’s your turn! The books or the movies? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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