Watching What I’m Reading #BoyErased

Sandy at Sandy’s Book a Day Blog has a post each week called “Watching What I’m Reading.” It’s always fascinating to read, all of her posts are. When I read them, my mind wanders to books that have been made into movies or television series but there’s a drawback for me because I don’t own a television and haven’t been to the theatre in forever and a day. It’s a rebellious kind of political thing for me because I’m weird like that. However, when the kids were home they insisted that I join the human race and watch some movies with them. My only rule was that it had to be based on a book because I’m the dictator witch MOM! I thought I would share with you here and there a few that we watched and read. Being behind, I’m quite sure that you’ve read/watched many of these and if you have, please let me know what you thought about them! 

 

WOW – We watched this movie first because I am a HUGE Russell Crowe fan and I absolutely had to see this one. Nicole Kidman, despite the worst wig in all of Hollywood, was amazing as well. This must see film is based on the memoirs of Garrard Conley, a true account of a young southern male, the son of a preacher in Arkansas, who came out of the closet to his parents. His parents, after praying with church elders, promptly sent him away to a “conversion camp.” In the book the process is longer, the details much deeper and the story goes further into the family dynamics but the movie is based primarily on Garrard’s horrific time spent at the hands of the abusive people at this camp. I use the word abuse when really I should be using words like torture, sadism, and worse.

I grew up in Arkansas. There wasn’t anything in this film that was new to me. I was raised in a church exactly the same as this family’s church. I knew poor souls who were forced to go to these “camps.” Far too many of my friends in high school committed suicide rather than face coming out to their families. I just cannot believe that as a nation we have not progressed any further than we have. This movie made me physically ill. The book even more so. If it were not for the last lines of the movie where it told about Garrard and his husband, I’m not sure I could have withstood it at all. But it IS a movie and a book that must be shown, seen and read. We have stood by in silence for far too long. If you haven’t already read the book or seen the movie, I hope you will join me in doing so. If you have, let me know what you thought about them. I’d love to hear from you.

What is your latest Book to Movie that you’ve seen Read/Seen – let me know.

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18 thoughts on “Watching What I’m Reading #BoyErased

    1. Yikes, Holly. I love scary books but that one scares the heebie-jeebies outs of me. Did you read the book too and like them both? I’m going to go see if I can find you review. LOL. I have it on our “watch list” on Amazon but….

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    1. According to an interview at the Sundance Film Festival with Garrard, the movie was extremely accurate so watching the film is good Jonetta. I rarely read memoirs but I just had to after seeing this one, mainly because both he and I are from Arkansas. And, thank you!

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  1. Oh my goodness! I’m not familiar with the book or film and had no idea this happened. It sounds horrendous.

    The last book to film I watched was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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    1. You know, I cannot believe it still IS happening. I knew they did it in the 70s and possibly before then but I really thought we were better humans now.

      I saw a trailer for the Guernsey Literary movie and I thought we had marked it to watch. Now I’m going to have to go back make sure it is on my watch list. It’s like my kids opened up pandora’s box. Shame on them! I have too many books to read to watch movies – LOL! I did love that book!

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      1. So sad that people can’t be more accepting of others.
        Normally I’m not too much of a fan of books to movies but I did enjoy the Guernsey one. I know what you mean about too many books!

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      2. I rarely like the movie as much as the book and I almost never like the movie more. It’s just better for me to stick with my books. 😉 Cathy, have a super weekend! I hope it’s a gorgeous one!

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    1. We put in the television back into one of the rooms for a guest who was going to stay longer than usual and the constant noise drove everyone else in the house up the walls – LOL! So, as soon as the guest left, out into the shed the television went. We’re just terrible. But, we do watch movies when the mood hits. This is one film that is with watching.

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    1. Christopher, it was a hard, very difficult read and the movie made me physically ill. I had to move out of the south, no lie, because I couldn’t take being surrounded by this type of hate on a daily basis. My entire family still believes all of this crap. Indiana is not much better, but there are pockets of goodness and that is where I stay. I’m incredibly saddened that this is what life is like in this country. No, saddened is not the word. The word is enraged.

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