December 25th, 2003
Cold Mountain released in theaters.
January 10th, 2004
Surveys sent out.
January 20th, 2004
Surveys due back.
Column published in February issue of Bookslut.
Love Bookslut? Want to aid the
cause of science? Don't mind slapping down nine bucks to watch Jude and
Nicole make with the sweet lovin'? Then welcome to the maze, lab rats!
The first Hollywood
Madam Book-to-Film Experiment was a noble effort to address the pros
and cons of seeing an adaptation before reading the book, and vice versa,
but it had one major flaw -- not enough volunteers to create enough sample
data. We're going to change that this time, though!
What you do is simple:
me and state your interest in volunteering for the experiment.
- In the email, please mention if you've already read Charles Frazier's
Cold Mountain (or seen the movie, written and directed by
- Within 48 hours, you'll receive an assignment to one of two sample
groups: Book-to-Movie or Movie-to-Book. If you've previously read the
novel, you'll be assigned to the BtM group; otherwise, assignments will
- If you're part of the BtM group, read or re-read Cold Mountain
over the next few weeks.Then go to see the film, which opens wide on
December 25th, 2003.
- If you're part of the MtB group, see the film at your earliest convenience.
Then afterwards, read the book.
- On January 10th, 2004, I'll send out a survey with some questions
regarding the book, the movie, and the adaptation process. Respond by
- As a participant, your name will be printed in the February Hollywood
Madam column, along with the results of the surveys and some of the
best responses regarding the adaptation.
The more people who participate, the more accurate whatever results we
get will be -- so spread the word wherever you can and help us out! You'll
get the warm, satisfied glow that comes from contributing to science --
not to mention Bookslut.