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October 16, 2013 / Cheri

Flicks & Swizzle Sticks – Adapted to Film

Join me, Nikki, as I talk about 3 fantastic film adaptations of some favorite books with special guest Sandra Moran. We chose Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Fingersmith, and The Hours, so make sure you comment below to get entered to win either the book OR the film of any discussed in this podcast. And, because Sandra Moran is super generous, she offered up a paperback copy of her new release, Letters Never Sent, for your reading pleasure. That’s right, one comment gets you two chances to win!

A hearty congrats to Liz Caruso for winning the drawing from last month’s Lesbian Cinema Vol. 2 show. And thank you all for listening and continuing to support Cocktail Hour through your donations. It is because of you that we are able to support these giveaways, and your contributions are heartily appreciated.

The drink of the hour was the furlough special-a Bota box of Cabernet Sauvignon. Feel free to grab something classier and listen in while we talk (and talk) about these great films and books!


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  1. Joy Argento / Oct 16 2013 5:53 pm

    Excellent show!

    • Nikki / Oct 16 2013 5:56 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! We sure had a good time recording it πŸ™‚

      Best of luck in the drawing, Joy!

    • sdmoran / Oct 16 2013 8:59 pm

      We had a really good time — and the movies/books are just so great … what a wonderful experience.

  2. Lori Janos / Oct 16 2013 7:00 pm

    “Kiss it, make love with it,” you guys cracked me up! Nah, I listened the whole way through. No Victorian sh*t for me either, Nikki. Just don’t care for it. But you were both right on the moolah with Meryl Streep. Every movie, even the one where she played the country singer. All awesome. She just sucks you into every one. If I were to see check out any of the three, that would be the one. Awesome program, ladies. And just to show you how good I listened, Nikki you sound a bit like Rosie O’Donnell and Sandra, I love the way you say “was.”

    • Nikki / Oct 16 2013 7:05 pm

      Glad you liked it, Lori! The Hours is the bees knees, I tell ya. And good luck in the drawing!

    • sdmoran / Oct 16 2013 9:01 pm

      You were a great listener!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Kay Dennis / Oct 16 2013 11:25 pm

    That was infotainment at its highest! Loved it!!

    • nikkismalls28 / Oct 17 2013 7:59 am

      Quite the compliment! Thanks and good luck!

    • sdmoran / Oct 17 2013 8:24 am

      I was listening to it last night and Nikki’s Barbra Steisand-esque moments were hilarious.

      • Nikki / Oct 17 2013 1:42 pm

        Sometimes I feel as though my life is a Streisand movie

    • sdmoran / Oct 17 2013 9:15 am

      Darned day jobs!!!

  4. A.B. / Oct 17 2013 2:21 am

    Thanks for this talk. It was fun to listen to it. Now I really want to read ‘Fingersmith’ (put it away last time) .. I couldn’t remember all details of OANTOF (re-read? or going for the movie .. hmm?!?) and I have hours in a German version, but wasn’t in the mood to read it yet .. list gets longer and longer .. need to quit my job *haha*

    • nikkismalls28 / Oct 17 2013 8:00 am

      Yeah work gets in the way of good reading πŸ™‚

      Good luck!

  5. wildlx / Oct 17 2013 1:08 pm

    Nice show! “Oranges are not the only fruit” is a TV mini series and not a movie, which explains the length. Nikki, since it was your first Winterson book I’d like to recommend that you read more books by her (especially “The Passion”, “Written on the body” and her memoir “Why be happy when you can be normal”). Her prose is amazing.

    • nikkismalls28 / Oct 17 2013 1:25 pm

      Yes it is, as is Fingersmith which didn’t FEEL long. I’m definitely going to be picking up more of her books.

      • wildlx / Oct 18 2013 1:59 pm

        Yes, I agree that Fingersmith is a good book :-).

    • sdmoran / Oct 17 2013 2:32 pm

      The Passion was the first JW book I read. It was what made me want to read more of her work

      • wildlx / Oct 18 2013 2:02 pm

        My first was Oranges but “The Passion” is one of my favorite books. Winterson’s writing when she is at her best is almost poetry.

  6. Pixiey / Oct 17 2013 5:08 pm

    I really enjoyed the show and am going to check out Orange on youtube next!! I saw The Hours and thought it was excellent! Thanks so much for doing the show! Cannot wait for next week and when you do the women in action either!!

    • Nikki / Oct 17 2013 5:11 pm

      Thanks Pixiey! I can’t wait to do that one, it’ll be tons of fun!

    • sdmoran / Oct 18 2013 11:10 am

      Hey Pixie! Let us know what you think about Oranges. Have you seen/read Fingersmith?

  7. Blu / Oct 18 2013 10:35 am

    Thanks for the fun and entertaining show! I enjoyed “Oranges” but really connected with “Why be happy when you can be normal” . . . not sure what that says about me! πŸ˜‰
    I’ve checked the movie “Hours” out from my library and hope to enjoy it this weekend.
    Nikki, you and Sandra had me spluttering with laughter over the “bag of sh*t” confusion and commentary – fun, fun, fun!

    • Nikki / Oct 18 2013 10:41 am

      So glad you liked it Blu!!!

      I hope you like The Hours, let us know what you think and good luck in the drawing!

    • sdmoran / Oct 18 2013 11:09 am

      Blu!!!! How are you, friend?? Thank you for listening! Did you get an email re: your book donation?

      Nikki is hilarious … I was just the straight man on this one.

      • Blu / Oct 19 2013 8:27 pm

        I am great, Sandra, hope you’re feeling better?
        Yep, I heard from Bill – thanks!
        “straight man” – bwahahaha!

        You two had some super observations about the books and adaptations – found them interesting to listen to and think about.

        I watched “Hours” today and found it engrossing. I loved the theme of “expectations” (among others) that ran throughout the story.

        Thanks, both of you, for the great show.

        • sdmoran / Oct 19 2013 8:30 pm

          Yay, Blu!!

          And EXCELLENT (re:email).

  8. Marion Dutton / Oct 19 2013 8:48 am

    Listening to you two together, I feel as if I have just finished off 5 large cappuccino’s, Great energy, Great adaptations , I have seen the movies for FingerSmith, and the Hours. Thanks to your energies, I will check out Oranges are not the only fruit.

    • Nikki / Oct 19 2013 8:49 am

      So glad you enjoyed it and decided to give Oranges a go. Just be patient through the beginning carnival spot πŸ˜‰

      Good luck in the drawing!

    • sdmoran / Oct 19 2013 9:09 am

      Yay, Marion! Nikki’s right … just try not to get creeped out by that carnival stuff. In fact, it doesn’t add to the story. Skip it.

  9. Carrie TheGooch / Oct 19 2013 10:12 am

    I freaking loved this show! πŸ˜€ Nikki I have to say you swear WAY more than Cheri does πŸ˜›

    I haven’t seen or read ANY of these so winning one would be awesome, πŸ™‚

    Another great guest to have on πŸ™‚ Sandra you have to be on again, you two are great to listen to. And I agree with Nikki, your book totally rocks!

    Nikki Your Manchester imitation was pretty awful πŸ˜› lol I’m sure Cari doesn’t speak like that! πŸ˜€

    Can’t wait for the next show! I LOVE national lampoons Christmas vacation! I watch it every year! πŸ˜€

    • sdmoran / Oct 19 2013 10:18 am

      She had to make up for my lack of swearing, Carrie. πŸ™‚

      You’re going to love all of these books and movies. (And thank you for the props for LETTERS.)

      I wish I could be there when Cari hears Nikki’s accent. πŸ™‚

    • Nikki / Oct 19 2013 10:24 am

      I can’t wait for Cari to hear it πŸ˜‰

      Glad you liked it Gooch!

      Can’t wait for Xmas vacation!

  10. Rev / Nov 1 2013 7:51 am

    Being the completely asshat friend that I am, I’m FINALLY listening to this show.

    You’ve made me want to use one of my Audible credits to get Fingersmith. I FREAKING love that book. And think the BBC did a wonderful job with the adaptation.

    I’m just early in the listening – you’re just starting to talk about Oranges. I’ve not read nor seen it. I may now. Possibly.

    Thank you for the 40’s voice.

    • Nikki / Nov 1 2013 7:53 am

      I honestly don’t think it’s possible for me to not 40’s voice during a podcast.

      • Sandra / Nov 2 2013 7:36 am

        Hey Cheri … sorry I’m late to the game. I am so great you got Fingersmith, The narrator is one of my favorites.

        Nikki was on a roll for sure.

  11. Rev / Nov 1 2013 7:56 am

    I would totally go out with a woman who offered me a potato. Mmmm.

  12. Rev / Nov 1 2013 8:13 am

    I learned SO MUCH about British professions from Fingersmith. Holy crap, I love Fingersmith SO HARD.

  13. Rev / Nov 1 2013 8:15 am

    I enjoyed Maud’s part more, too, because she’s revealing so much and it changes what we thought we knew. That’s not giving too much away, is it?

    • Nikki / Nov 1 2013 8:23 am

      No I think you’re safe with that.

  14. Rev / Nov 1 2013 8:18 am

    I believe Gentleman’s name while wooing Maud was Richard Rivers. I don’t remember what his real name was, though.

  15. Rev / Nov 1 2013 8:22 am

    My pearl…

  16. Rev / Nov 1 2013 8:24 am

    Sally Hawkins is also in Tipping the Velvet.

  17. Rev / Nov 1 2013 9:21 am

    I just got Fingersmith from Audible. Guess A Feast For Crows is going on the back burner for 23 hours and 40 minutes of listening time.

  18. Marie Foose / Nov 8 2013 4:54 pm

    The only one of these I saw was Oranges and that was way back when it first came out. I know at the time I wasn’t all that impressed. But, since I have recently gotten netflix, I am adding all of these to my list so I can check them out. I am intrigued with Fingersmith and will be looking to see that first. How come the British do all these adaptions so much better then the US? I am failing to think of any really good ones done by the US. Well done show!

    • Marie Foose / Nov 8 2013 4:58 pm

      Correction: the Hours was a US adaption, and was done very well. My mistake! but I am still having problems thinking of other good adaptions from the US.

    • Nikki / Nov 12 2013 5:40 am

      Thanks Marie! I have no clue why the US doesn’t do good adaptations like the bbc can. We should write a strongly worded letter and send it to…uh…someone!

  19. Linda Scibilia / Nov 10 2013 6:23 am

    Looking forward to listeningÒ€¦ thanks!

    • Nikki / Nov 12 2013 5:41 am

      Hope you enjoy and good luck in the drawing!

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