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What else is there to do when you're snowed in, Loopy is studying for exams and there's nothing on television?  Make cookies and curl up with a good book.  These Skor Bit Cookies are perfectly crisp on the edges but gooey on the insides.  They're pretty sweet but perfect with a glass of cold, cold milk.

1 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup Skor candy bits

Cream butter, sugars and vanilla.  Blend in egg and beat until light and fluffy.  Stir in the dry ingredients and then mix in the chips and toffee bits.  Oh, and I may have used the entire package of Skor bits this time... so closer to two cups. They still worked, but man, are they sweet.

Form 1" balls and bake on silicone baking pad in 350 degree oven, 12 minutes.



In spite of the weather, Veto took me to see The Lovely Bones over the weekend. In spite of everything, in fact.

In spite of the fact that it was one of the best books I've ever read, the movie didn't live up.

In spite of the fact that the storyline is disturbing... the book was uplifting and I expected so much from the movie.

In spite of the fact that Susan Sarandon was brilliant as the grandmother, and Stanley Tucci absolutely played the creepy part of the serial killer so well that, at one point, I realized that my hands were shaking, he was that good, it still wasn't a great movie.

In spite of the fact that the special effects were supposed to be dazzling, I was just too aware that I was seeing the movie with Veto, who hadn't read the book, and I realized that if you didn't read the book, the in-between sequences would seem pretty silly. So they were.

In spite of the fact that The Lovely Bones is considered one of the most important pieces of literature in the last 100 years - according to The New York Times - the movie was a bit of a stinker. In spite of being a good book, the screenwriters made some major changes and left out several things that made the whole thing, characters and all, worth only two and a half cupcakes.


Lastly, I will just say... I think some books just should not be made into movies. Some books are so engaging and imaginative that if attempts are made to play the story on the screen, delicate (but important) bits get lost along the way.  The beauty about some books is in the way you see it in your head, not how it will look in a movie.  Can someone please tell Hollywood that for me?  Make yourself some Skor Bit cookies and read the book instead.

Reader, did Hollywood ever take one of your favourite pieces of literature and turn it into a Mark Wahlburg vehicle?

36 comments:

MoveYourAsana said...

just looking at the lovely Mark W would be worth another cupcake to me! =) but i agree about leaving some things to our imaginations.

Angela said...

The cookies look yummy.

I think that it takes a special producer and actors (and supporting cast) to really create something special from books that are so engaging and ask use to constantly use our imaginations. In that case, we have to be VERY flexible with the way that things are interpreted on the screen, if we are lucky, they will be interpreted the way WE envisioned. But for the most part, any time I read a book and then see the movie, I am disappointed.

Toadman and I think that Peter Jackson and friends did an exquisite job on The Lord of the Rings series (and Toadman had read the books over and over since he was young). Even though they had to interpret the story in their own way (and leave out a ton or it would have lasted for weeks!), they managed to be true to the story (as much as possible) and it was very close to what we had dreamed.

Stay warm,
Love-
Angela

Marie. said...

I bought the book about a year ago with the intention of reading it, but people kept talking about how creepy the storyline was so I didnt read it.

One of my favorite movies is "Invisible" which looks similar, so maybe I'll give the book a go.

sassy studio said...

yup, Prince of Tides-vintage by now but I read it in university (the 1st time)and watched the movie to be crushed. Same thing, left out parts and missed the boat. Secret-I loved Angela's Ashes so much I STILL haven't seen the movie. Another secret.....I read the Time Travs Wife ages ago and just haven't had time to watch it yet!

Saucy said...

My exception (to my own rule) is the Harry Potter series! The movies captured the feeling of the books perfectly... everything was exactly how I imagined it. I think, in part, because JK Rowling's writing is so very descriptive.

Cassandra said...

I don't know that this is an important piece of literature, but:

In spite of the fact that Stanly Tucci is amazing in every role he plays, the movie didn't live up.

In spite of the fact that Meryl Streep is arguably the best living actress America has to offer, the movie didn't live up.

In spite of the fact that I adore Amy Adams (especially in Sunshine Cleaning), the movie just didn't live up.

In spite of the fact that they followed the book almost to the letter, the movie just didn't live up.

Julie & Julia was SO much better playing like a movie in my mind that the one that played on the screen couldn't possibly live up. (with the exception of Meryl, because she was just brilliant!)

Saucy said...

Agreed! But somehow I reconciled that even before I walked into the theatre to see J&J, like I knew what to expect. I was a little too fascinated with the 1950's French-ness and the delightful Meryl to complain about it being less than the book.

I just really, really, loved that bread frying in the pan with the tomatoes.... gah....

Jerri-Lea said...

I can't say I've read any literary classics but we did watch 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' this weekend and we definitely prefer the book!

J.G. said...

I avoided Lord of the Rings like the plague, despite all the good things I heard about it, just for this reason. Now I have seen some scenes on you tube and am thinking the DVD is in my future. Courage!

Meanwhile, Susan Sarandon as the grandmother would depress the heck out of me. Isn't she way too young and sexy to be a grandmother??? Gah. My age is showing again.

j said...

i had no idea that it was a book. i will definitely pick it up! and the cookies look yummy!

Anonymous said...

the book was absolutely gripping. i just read it again. i know the movie can't compare but i'll still go. i torture myself that way.

jen

Jenn said...

I read the book years ago and was soooo moved by it! And I am not easily moved (Twilight being the exception ;) The movies haven't done the series justice (so far) with the exception of Robert Pattinson (but I am slightly biased ;) I will go and see The Lovely Bones for sure - however, I planned to go in with low expectations because if a book moves me, the movie will never live up!

ChaChaneen said...

2 cups of both sugars combined! Oh yea baby! Thanks for sharing this recipe! My New Years Resolution went out the window after the 3rd one. ha ha

My name is PJ. said...

I will never understand why someone would take an excellent, top selling book and change it when they make it into a movie! It's never a good move.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi!

Coco said...

Movies never stack up if I read the book first. However, some movies were confusing until I read the book and saw the movie again. It is just too close to impossible to get all the nuances into a movie. Plus the mind can really bring the book to life. Which is why I read.

Claudia said...

I felt that way about Cold Mountain and The Time Traveler's Wife. Both were so vivid for me that I knew Hollywood would ruin them. Sometimes I have such a magical experience with a book that I want to hold those images in my head and so I don't go see Hollywood's version. I just know it won't hold up.

The only real exception - brilliant movie, brilliant book - To Kill a Mockingbird.

xo
Claudia

Kim said...

I loved Julie & Julia far better than the book, but generally, I don't like movies made from books. I won't see The Namesake or The Time Traveler's Wife, because I don't want such perfect books to be ruined by packaging the story into a market-able 2 hr box.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Hollywood does this all the time--but I was grateful they took care with The Princess Bride.

Niki said...

I agree that there are some books that just don't translate to the screen. I hadn't planned on seeing this movie since i love the book so much and your 2.5 cupcakes solidifies my position.

Lisa Russell said...

What a great recipe! I have some heath bars in the closet. I'll have to make some of these and use those since I have them on hand.

I read the book but did not see the movie. Now my daughter is reading the book.

Check out my blog today for a good Crock Pot Beef Stew recipe! Cooks while you're away! ;-)

Gail :) said...

I could not read the book. I tried and it distrubed me so much that I could only read the first bits of it and had to put it down and try to forget it. It was very well written, but the subject was icky to me. I won't even watch the previews.

K :) Family Historian said...

really liked this book and think i'll wait for it on dvd. i have such a clear image of what i expect out of it.

off to whip up some of those yummy cookies.

lorrie said...

I saw the movie and read the book. I do not agree with your 2 1/2 cupcake vote. I would give the movie at least 4 1/2 cupcakes. The acting was superb in my opinion. The book was a little freaky to begin with, but after I got past the freakiness, I couldn't put it down. I plan on seeing the movie again.

Saucy said...

Lorrie,

I agree - the acting was superb. Mark Wahlburg really was great... but as a fellow reader who loved the book, do you not feel like so many parts that were important to the characters were left out in lieu of the "in between" sequences? I'd have even enjoyed it if it were say, a half an hour longer, to include some key parts that were cut away to make the movie fit that under-two-hour mark.

That little actress that played Susie by the way? Amazing!

Miss Quoted said...

I didn't want to see this because I fell in love with Stanley Tucci as Paul Childs in Julie & Julia and I just want to picture him dancing with a tall Meryl Streep forever.

Anything Pat Conroy wrote does not work for me on the big screen, especially Lords of Disipline, and Prince of Tides -- all I want to do is scream NO NO NO when I saw them

Kate said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I KNEW they were going to screw this one up as soon as I saw the darn trailer. I mean come ON...how can you possibly translate her heaven onto screen? Her emotions? They cut out the part when everyone is older and she gets to experience what she gets to experience didn't they? Sorry for the weird description...I didn't want to spoil it for anyone.

Love Of The Hunt said...

Loved the book..and found it by accident when i was browsing a used bookstore needing something to read on the train. I have since passed at least 10 copies along to friends and family.

I loved the movie. I noticed how some parts were deleted that were in the book but overall I thought it was very well done.

Shannon said...

On no, that is really disappointing! I was looking forward to this movie, with all the great actors, especially Stanley Tucci. I read this book a few years ago and just loved it. Oh well, I guess I'll save myself the $9 and rent it when it comes out instead.

I also loved the Time Travelers Wife (book) and I thought they did a good job with that movie.

Tam said...

Just making the cookies (yummy) and I noticed that flour isn't listed as an ingredient? How much did you use? I used 2 1/4 cups so hopefully that is close! Thanks for posting the recipe.

~Mommy+Me~ said...

I completely agree with you about THe Lovely Bones. I loved the book & the movie was a let down. I kind of felt that way about My Sister's Keeper too. It is true some books should NOT be made into movies. I always like to compare them, but always read the book first and always prefer it to the movie! :)

Saucy said...

Tam! How did I miss that? I know... I was typing it from my handwriting... surely a recipe for disaster! Thanks for telling me and you're instincts are good - it is 2 and 1/2 cups flour!

I fixed the post in the recipe! Thanks :)

Cary B said...

Thank you for the movie review! I have been wondering if I should see The Lovely Bones and am torn ... I haven't read the book yet, but from what you say, I'll go with the book and just imagine Mark Walburg in the role! The cookie recipe sounds tempting too!

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Wendy said...

They did the same thing with "My Sister's Keeper". I enjoyed the book, but they left out so much in the movie and then they completely changed the ending. Nat and I just looked at each other and said "What the ****"

Cheryl said...

I so agree with you, some(most) books should never be made into movies. I have pretty much been disappointed with every movie that I have seen that I have read the book first. Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings movie being the only exceptions to date. Time travellers wife being the latest one.

Meg said...

I absolutely loved The Lovely Bones when I read it years ago -- and for that reason, really, I skipped out on the movie. You're right: some books are better left as literature, forever and always!