Friday, March 16, 2012

The Descendents Study Guide & Teaser

The Oscar-winning film THE DESCENDANTS starring George Clooney has been on everyone's mind in recent weeks. My husband and I rarely get to the theater to see movies, but this is one that has been on our radar for some time. Fortunately, The DESCENDANTS became available on Blue-Ray and DVD this week, so it's entirely possible that my husband and I might actually get around to seeing it!

However, I hesitate to see a film prior to read the book that it was based on, and THE DESCENDANTS by Kaui Hart Hemmings is supposed to be a great novel. I understand that the movie stays pretty true to the book and that makes me even more exited to both read the book and see the movie. Here's a brief summary from the publisher:

Fortunes have changed for the King family, descendants of Hawaiian royalty and one of the state’s largest landowners. Matthew King’s daughters—Scottie, a feisty ten-year-old, and Alex, a seventeen-year-old recovering drug addict—are out of control, and their charismatic, thrill-seeking mother, Joanie, lies in a coma after a boat-racing accident. She will soon be taken off life support. As Matt gathers his wife’s friends and family to say their final goodbyes, a difficult situation is made worse by the sudden discovery that there’s one person who hasn’t been told: the man with whom Joanie had been having an affair. Forced to examine what they owe not only to the living but to the dead, Matt, Scottie, and Alex take to the road to find Joanie’s lover, on a memorable journey that leads to unforeseen humor, growth, and profound revelations. -- Random House

I recently learned that there is The Descendants Book to Film Study Guide which is available for book lovers, film watchers and anyone else. It’s a terrific tool for those who read Kaui Hart Hemmings’ book on which the Academy Award-winning screenplay is based and I plan to use it in the very near future. You can click on the study guide below to enlarge it.
For those of you who have already read the novel, you might be interested to know that there is a Goodreads Featured Author Group with Kaui Hart Hemmings that started just a few days ago. 

Make sure you stop by again on Sunday because I will be hosting a very special giveaway that will give you a fantastic reason to use this study guide!


Beth F said...

As you know, I loved the movie and the book.

bermudaonion said...

I didn't even know the movie was based on a book until after I saw it. Once the movie was over, my friend told me it followed the book closely. The movie was great - I need to read the book now.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I haven't seen or read yet. Gaaah, so far behind!