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YOU GUYS YOU GUYS YOU GUYS. I have just discovered that there are not one - not two - but THREE movies based on Gordon Korman's Bruno & Boots books! Which are about Bruno and Boots, two good-hearted, prank-pulling, (eminently slashable) boys at the Canadian boarding school MacDonald Hall, who are forever getting up to SHENANIGANS and occasionally endangering the school and also sometimes saving the school and dashing across the street to hang out with their female counterparts Cathy and Diana at Miss Scrimmage's Finishing School for Young Ladies.

There is a scene where Miss Scrimmage accidentally shoots her sign (were Bruno, Boots, Cathy, and Diana responsible? Of course they were responsible) and it afterward reads "Miss Scrimmage's Fishing School for Young Ladies."

As far as I know this scene has not been adopted for stage and screen, buuuut I only watched one of the three movies so far, SO THERE IS STILL HOPE. Although possibly not that much, as Miss Scrimmage in the movies is a crunchie granola type who probably doesn't shoot signs.

Now, personally I would have preferred it if the movies had more or less transmuted the books directly from page to screen because I am a purist like that and also because it might have restrained the filmmakers from being quite so anvilicious about how Change Is an Inevitable Part of Growing Up and Also a Good Thing Except When It Isn't.

But anviliciousness aside it's a quite enjoyable adaptation. In particular, they have a good handle on characters, particularly Bruno & Boots relationship (Bruno making madcap plans and Boots, dismayed, totally failing to restrain him in any way), Cathy and Bruno's Who Is the Best Prankmaster competitiveness, and headmaster Mr. Sturgeon's fundamental decency as a human being.

Date: 2017-07-04 12:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
I have just discovered that there are not one - not two - but THREE movies based on Gordon Korman's Bruno & Boots books!

I'd only (and quite recently) heard about one! Are they all by the same people?

In particular, they have a good handle on characters, particularly Bruno & Boots relationship (Bruno making madcap plans and Boots, dismayed, totally failing to restrain him in any way), Cathy and Bruno's Who Is the Best Prankmaster competitiveness, and headmaster Mr. Sturgeon's fundamental decency as a human being.

Okay, I will have to check these out. Thank you for the PSA!

Date: 2017-07-04 11:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
I'm glad to hear it! I never really got into Bruno and Boots, but I've liked Gordon Korman since he gave a talk at my middle school and made fun of award-winning books about dead dogs. Now I can appreciate Dead Dog Lit a little better, but at the time, I had a grudge.

Date: 2017-07-04 04:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] evelyn_b
I don't think I've read any of those! though I was reading huge quantities of GK back in the day. I think my favorite was the one where a couple of high school guys invent a poet for a school assignment.

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