Update: the box is on its way! This little Disney-quote book ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10518996
) will be the bookbox journal; it's very small so it shouldn't make a difference to the shipping weight. I've posted the mailing order in that book's journal entries, along with a picture of the initial selection and the DC# of the box on its first leg.
Despite the ups and downs of the last books-that-inspired-movies bookbox I participated in (you can see its history here if interested: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/403649
), I thought I'd try my hand at starting one, what with my discovery that I have a good-sized box (estimated postage cost around $10 within the US by media mail; no idea what US/Canada postage would be) full of suitable books in my read-but-not-yet-reviewed stack. I figure that if there's enough interest for this one, it'll motivate me to get those poor books moving!
[Update: since we have a volunteer to mail the box to Canada, Canadian BCers are welcome to participate. I gather that mailing *within* Canada might be more expensive than mailing to the US, so if any prospective Canadian BCers could indicate whether they'd prefer to mail a roughly 11-pound box within Canada or to the US that would be helpful! US participants do NOT have to be willing to mail to Canada, though if you are, please say so - will help with the mailing-list ordering.]
This would be for books that were adapted to film ("film" to include theatrical releases, made-for-TV movies, and TV mini-series such as "Roots"). Can be any genre, including documentary/non-fiction. The books I have on hand include novels that spawned Hollywood classics (Vertigo, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane) as well as those that inspired some cheesy-but-fun B movies (When Worlds Collide, Donovan's Brain), and quite a few in between - children's tales, film noir, costume dramas... [I can list the titles if that would help prospective participants make up their minds.] I'm not fussy about condition, btw; I have everything from nearly-new hardcovers to fair-condition trade paperbacks to yellowing, vintage mass-market paperbacks. As long as the books are still readable they're fine with me.
Novelizations of screenplays are NOT to be included in this one; some of them can be entertaining, and I have enjoyed a few, but this box is for books-to-film books only.
Anthologies are OK if at least one of the stories was adapted to film.
If in doubt as to whether a favorite title came before or after a film version, check it out on the IMDB ( http://www.imdb.com/
) - or on Wikipedia, which will usually include a link to the IMDB page if a film adaptation is involved, and may be more explicit as to which came first.
You don't have to have seen any of a book's film adaptations (or read the books, for that matter) but if you have, it would be nice if you added a comment as to whether you preferred film or book, or (if lots of films have been made from one book) which version you liked best. This is not a requirement, but would be a nice touch, as I may take some recommendations to my Netflix queue!
Please post here if interested, and/or if you have any questions.
Care and feeding of a bookbox:
-- If you haven't participated in a bookbox before: the main difference between bookboxes and rings/rays is that the boxes are meant to move along quickly, without waiting for any books to be read. You take books from the box if you want to read them, replacing them with books you've already read (or have no interest in reading), and get the box moving again right away. If you don't already have some suitably-themed books on hand, plan on picking up a few in plenty of time to be able to register them and read them at your leisure before the box gets to you.
-- When you are contacted for your address by the participant ahead of you, please reply promptly - and if circumstances have changed for you such that you can't manage a bookbox at that time, whether due to lack of suitable books, a budget-crunch that means you can't afford postage, inability to get to a post office in a timely fashion, or any other factor, please ask to be skipped. (If the situation is temporary, please contact me to have your name moved farther down the list.)
-- When you receive the box, please post a reply in this thread to let everyone know it arrived safely, and contact the next in line to ask for their address so you'll have it handy when you're ready to mail the box.
-- Put at least one book in the box for each one you take out - or, if you like, take advantage of the "shrinkage" option and take out one or two books more than you put in - and list your selections and contributions in the bookbox journal's JEs. (You don't have to match genre for genre, but you should try to maintain some kind of variety.)
-- Journal the books that you take from the box, so the contributors know where they are.
-- Mail the box within, at the most, two weeks. The media mail rate (applicable to books-only packages) will usually be the lowest. Please use delivery confirmation, and post the DC# in a reply to this thread. [If you can only get to a post office once a month, or if there are other factors that would make you take longer to move the box along, please let me know, and I'll take that into account when setting up the mailing order.]
-- Enjoy the books you claimed from the box!