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December 25th, 2003
Cold Mountain released in theaters.

January 10th, 2004
Surveys sent out.

January 20th, 2004
Surveys due back.

February 2004
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:

  • Email 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 Anthony Mingella).
  • 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 be random.
  • 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 January 20th.
  • 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.


-Liz Miller