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Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan

August 22nd, 2009 (07:54 pm)
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I just discovered that a television movie based on the novel Stranger with My Face will be premiering on Lifetime Movie Network next Saturday night. I hope it's decent. Adaptations of Duncan's books, be they feature films (I Know What You Did Last Summer) or television movies (I've Been Waiting for You, the TV movie based on the novel Gallows Hill; also, Killing Mr. Griffin), are often quite different from the books. Such is often the case with novels turned into movies.

What are your favorite Lois Duncan novels? IKWYDLS is mine, followed by Gallows Hill and Daughters of Eve.

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Posted by: e (esc_key)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)

How did *I* know know about this?!

Despite my internet name being StrangerWithMyFace, I think "Third Eye" was my favorite Lois Duncan novel. But I read all of them with gusto.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: daniellejoseph (daniellejoseph)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)

Summer of Fear is my favorite! When I taught middle school my students devoured that book and it was so much fun to discuss it!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)

Nice choice.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)

Kevin Williamson wrote the screenplay based on Lois Duncan's novel.

Posted by: Claire Hennessy (iliketea)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)

I like Daughters of Eve and Down A Dark Hall. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)

Thumbs up.

Posted by: A Deserving Porcupine (rockinlibrarian)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)

I actually think it WAS Stranger With My Face. (Funny, I was just thinking about it this morning too). I liked her supernatural stories better than her straight suspense books, generally. I actually hated Daughters of Eve.

Gallows Hill came out after I'd moved on from (I don't want to say "grew out of" considering kid-and-YA is pretty much all I read still!) my middle school horror phase, so I didn't know about it until I was doing a project on Duncan in library school. It was so much fun to read one of her books again for the first time! It took me back and reminded me why I'd loved her so much.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)

Have you read any books by Christopher Golden? If not, I've got to get you hooked on his supernatural tales.

If you see the movie I've Been Waiting for You, let me know what you think compared to the book Gallows Hill.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 24th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)

Nice list.

Posted by: Jeanie the Tortoise-Fly (jeaniettf)
Posted at: August 24th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)

I think Stranger With My Face would probably be my favorite Lois Duncan book... it's all about the twin aspect for me. I've always been drawn to stories about twins. Uhh ohh... now I'm picturing the Bobbsey Twins books. *g*

Have you read Janet Lunn's The Root Cellar? If not, I gave my extra copy to Suze and told her she had to lend it to you. I=exited about coming to Cali. Our time to lift off is approximately 36 hours and counting...

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 24th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)

I don't get Lifetime Movie Network, so if you do and you watch the movie, tell me where it ranks on the accuracy scale!

No, I haven't read that. Thanks in advance for lending it to me.

Have a safe trip! :)

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: August 25th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)

Killing Mr. Griffin has always been a favorite, if only because even as a teen, I thought Duncan was pretty gutsy for writing such a thing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 25th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)

Agreed!

Did you see the TV movie? The book was better.

When the feature film Teaching Mrs. Tingle was about to come out, when it was called Killing Mrs. Tingle - before complaints made them change it - I thought, "Are they ripping off Lois Duncan?!"

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: August 25th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)

I didn't even know there was a film version! It's amazing what I miss sometimes.

I'm listening to Dramarama just now. I think that one was a recommendation from you (or did I make that up in my head?). It's engaging, but it's also kind of stressing me out, since Sayde seems to be digging herself a hole at the moment. True to life, but hard to read.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 25th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)

IMDb: Killing Mr. Griffin

I love Dramarama! YES! I love it _because_ it's so true. I have not heard it - I've listened to two audio books in my life, excluding those which accompanied matching Disney or Rainbow Brite books when I was a toddler, since I so prefer reading the actual book - so I hope that the voice of Sayde fits her.

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: August 25th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)

I've been doing a lot more cooking this last year (doing some time-consuming things like making jam and baking bread), and I've gotten in the habit of listening while I'm working in the kitchen. It's definitely a different experience than reading the book. Dramarama is working so far. I like that the narrator occasionally breaks into song. The scenes where the characters are talking into the recorder come off particularly nicely--they have that frantic, teenage, talking-over-each-other feeling. It's a Brilliance production. I've listened to a few Brilliance audios lately, and I've been impressed with them. They work with a lot of teen authors I like.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 25th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)

Mmm, bread.

Ooh, does the narrator sing well?

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)

I replied to this in my mind, but I see I didn't do it here. I don't know enough about music to be much of a critic, but she has a nice voice. I just finished listening to it this morning while I was getting breakfast together (zucchini bread--the story of my life). The part at the end with Demi and Sayde going back-and-forth with the "I see you!" "I see you!" made me tear up, for whatever reason. I am going to soft in my old age.

E. Lockhart is coming to TBF 2010 next May (author list: http://www.tbflive.org/?pg=AuthorBio), so I think I'm going to have to read a few more of her books. Aside from Dramarama, I've only read The Boyfriend List, which I loved. I've been meaning to read the others in that series.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)

Zucchini bread sounds tasty.

Dramarama is so good. The quick connections and the later distance, the excitement and the disappointments are all so REAL.

You MUST read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks!

If you liked The Boyfriend List, then you'll definitely like the next two books in the line.

TBF sounds like fun.

Posted by: jensbookpage (jensbookpage)
Posted at: August 28th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)

My favorite is Down a Dark Hall, followed by Killing Mr. Griffin. But I read them all, too.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 28th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)

:)

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