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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman


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I noticed many of you have listed Practical Magic as your favourite "witchy" movie. I didn't see a review of this book - I wanted to let members know that the novel Practical Magic was written by Alice Hoffman. And the novel - is absolute spell-binding and more beautiful and entertaining than the movie. (Well, in my mind, anyway.)

 

http://www.alicehoffman.com/hoffman-practical-magic.htm

 

The characters are well-developed, the plot moves well and I found Hoffman's lyrical style of writing particularly suited for this theme of love and witchery.

 

Check it out if you can.

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Funny you mention it, the movie was just on TV last night.

 

The only trouble with the story I had, was believing that the (normally christian) townsfolk would so willingly come up to the house (at the end) and all join in the spell together. I just don't see that happening, for the most part. Most would probably run off to their pastor or priest in horror, thinking they'd just engaged in something satanic or something. :evillaugh:

I'd could easily believe in the possession and zombies and tons of appearing toads and all that before I could believe common townfolk would suddenly become so open minded!

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I do love that movie, because of how cutesy & silly it is.... I mean, when I watch a movie like this, I wanna laugh & stuff. And I totally do when I watch this. I love Stockard Channing in it! I haven't read the book though. Maybe I will. Most books I read are to either educate me, or are non fiction or biographies... But I do love a light hearted witchy move like PM!

:Witch-1:

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I have read the book and seen the movie and love them both for seperate reasons. I found the book quite different from the movie which is probably why I liked it so much...If I had read a version of the movie in book form, I would have hated it. I was surprised though about how much artistic licence the movie took with the Aunts...they were hardly in the book at all..

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  • 2 weeks later...

I have recently re-watched the movie a couple of times and just read the book. I must say THey are both such different stories that it is really hard to compare them. I love the movie for what it is. I really enjoy the cutseyness of it, and think it did a wonderful job telling its story. I really like "Hbollywood" endings sometimes, and this movie supplied that. I dont watch movies all the time wanting reality, I like to watch them to escape sometimes. So the townsfolk all coming together was a good form of escapism.

 

Now the book was a little scattered at times. It seemed as if Alica was pulling a bunch of short stories together to try and flesh out a full novel. I did enjoy the book, but like someone mentioned before I missed the aunts. The book really wasn't about a family of witches for the most part. It was a more a story of blood being thicker than water and how family will always be able to help you out. Just with some magic thrown in for story telling flavor.

So I guess I would say out of the two I prefer the movie. but the book is good for what it is.

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Funny you mention it, the movie was just on TV last night.

 

The only trouble with the story I had, was believing that the (normally christian) townsfolk would so willingly come up to the house (at the end) and all join in the spell together. I just don't see that happening, for the most part. Most would probably run off to their pastor or priest in horror, thinking they'd just engaged in something satanic or something. :evillaugh:

I'd could easily believe in the possession and zombies and tons of appearing toads and all that before I could believe common townfolk would suddenly become so open minded!

 

I thought the same thing about that ending!

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Actually same thought crossed my mind so I went to wondering & just figured since the aunts had lived there for so long & as modern times progressed the town just became more accepting of the Witches.

 

This I noticed in a small town I lived in. The older gerneration is dying & new gerneration is more open to new ideas.

 

Sapphire

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The only trouble with the story I had, was believing that the (normally christian) townsfolk would so willingly come up to the house (at the end) and all join in the spell together. I just don't see that happening, for the most part. Most would probably run off to their pastor or priest in horror, thinking they'd just engaged in something satanic or something.

 

Its called 'headology', witches are good at it :eheheh:

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