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Book Giveaway… Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen
I’ll cut to the chase: just how good—how interesting, comprehensive, and visually appealing—is this new book from Applause? Well, it covers, in its last few chapters, a movie that I really didn’t care for that much, Tom Hooper’s 2012 adaptation of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables… and makes me suddenly much more interested in the source material and its long history. Am I full-fledged Les Mis fan now? Hardly. But if I can appreciate all the work that authors Nightingale and Palmer put into this book, imagine how genuine fans might feel.
But that actually brings up an important issue. As far as media production, transliteracies, and informational text is concerned, Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen would make a great reference addition to any library. Yet in terms of circulation—well, I’d be very careful there. That’s because it’s filled with so much sheer stuff… I’m talking posters, programs, set plans/designs, even Jean Valjean’s passport. These items are tucked into four envelopes, plus front and back cover pockets. Here’s what it all looks like: All right, so are you interested in getting this book? Great, because the publisher has generously made some copies available to Connect the Pop. Just follow these rules…
1. First, confirm that you live in the U.S. (no Canada this time–sorry). You do? Okay, then please proceed…
2. Leave a thoughtful comment here (through 11:59 pm ET April 15) on either of these topics: 1) What can young people learn about media by studying stage plays or being part of theatrical productions? 2) Why are you a Les Misérables fan?
3. If you don’t see your comment after several hours, just contact me via email or Twitter (see below).
4. I’ll email the winners, who’ll then be asked to provide (via me) their mailing addresses to the publisher. If I don’t hear back from you within 48 hours of notification, I’ll simply draw another name.
About Peter Gutierrez
A former middle school teacher, Peter Gutierrez has spent the past 20 years developing curriculum as well as working in, and writing about, various branches of pop culture. You can sample way too many of his thoughts about media and media literacy via Twitter: @Peter_Gutierrez
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