“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies” – George R. R. Martin
I love Fridays . . . next to Saturdays. The day after I finished Practical Magic, I started the prequel . . . Rules of Magic. I am surprised by this book. There is a character in there that I did not expect. I am already have way through after a couple of days (I commute two hours a day), and I have laughed and I have cried so far. I cannot imagine what the end will be like.
I have books ordered, all kinds of books. I cannot wait to get my paws on them. This is the first time I have ever read any Christmas books. I have not read one Christmas themed book (that was based around Christmas, kind of like Hallmark). I like physical books. There is just something about the touch, the smell, the sight, the sound of the pages turning. I have had ebooks before, and I experienced the worst. I lost all of them. After that horrific experience I decided to stay with my physical books.
Which makes me want to know what you prefer. Ebooks? Paperbacks? Hardcovers? Why do you prefer that format?
Do I prefer the movie over the book? Or do I prefer the book over the movie?
That is the question that I was asking myself when I was finally able to get my hands on this pretty piece of work. I have always been a fan of the movie since it first came out. I only take the movie out during fall time (to me, it is a seasonal movie). It is just one of those treasures that you do not want to grow tired of, and you cherish it when you do watch it when you are in the mood.
I have the physical book and I have it on audio book. I used my time of commuting to listen to it as sometimes that is my only time of concentration. While I would listen to it, I cannot believe on how different it is to the movie. Completely different.
In the movie, Francis is Stockard Channing (with dark hair) and Jet was Dianne Weist (red hair). Sally and Gillian were played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, and of course the little ones Kylie and Antonia, with Kylie the older child. You had Jimmy and Gary. In the book, you had the same characters, but they are different completely and slightly, if that makes sense.
The aunts are much older in the books, Sally is more uptight, and Gillian is
more of a downer. Antonia is older while Kylie is younger. Jimmy was kind of the same (he has a very dark side in the book, darker than the movie), and Gary is still a cop.
Sally and Gillian live in a small town in New York (not in Massachusetts), and it goes over years of them going through turmoil with girls turning into teenagers, and Gillian finding herself, while Sally is fighting with whatever is eating at her (metaphorically).
There are more details to the book that I do not want to spoil for anyone. I just want to say that if you want more, you will have to read it (or listen). It is definitely one of those that pulls you in and you cannot get out until you get answers. There are many twists and turns, and happy endings.
So, back to my question: Do I prefer one over the other? No. Why? Because they are both different in their own way, and they are both beautifully done, and both are special. If you love the movie, you will love the book.
P.S. You cannot read Alice Hoffman’s new book Rules of Magic without reading Practical Magic. It is a prequel to the Practical Magic, and there some things that you learn about the Aunts that makes you wonder while reading Practical magic.
So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and read a copy of Practical Magic, and think about the differences, and you will love it just as much as me.