Book and Movie Clubs

I've joined a book club at my church and I've started a movie club with my siblings. If Oprah can do it, why not us?  It gives us excellent motivation to finish the selected book or film before our next meeting, and I've always enjoyed talking about stories I've read and motion pictures I've watched just as much as I've enjoyed reading them and watching them in the first place.

The first book was The Shack by William P. Young. I confess, it wasn't one of my favorites, but the meeting to discuss the novel was fantastic. The next book is Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life, the autobiography of C.S. Lewis.  After that, we'll be reading The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom.

I'm most excited about the movie club.  Our first film was Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, which I had never seen before.  Our next flick will be Ridley Scott's science fiction classic Blade Runner.  We talked about some other titles to add to the list -- Dr. Strangelove, Unforgiven, Blazing Saddles.

If you wish to start your own book or movie club, there are a lot of ways to go about it. The possibilities are endless for the structure -- you can pick a specific genre, or even be creative by coming up with a unique format (maybe examine a book and then the movie or television adaptation).

Anything that will encourage people to read more and help them discover terrific movies, and most importantly provide them with a reason to gather and engage in conversation with each other, is a wonderful idea.