Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trivial Sunday- So Here's To You Swiss Family Robinson (Television Based on Books)



From big pages to small screens. This week's trivia focus is television book adaptations.

How many can you answer? As always feel free to answer all at home, but only answer one in the comment section, so that 9 others can play along.

1. Which author is not responsible for any of the title characters in this episode?


a. Bram Stoker
b. Laura Lee Hope*
c. Carolyn Keene*
d. Franklin W. Dixon*

*Collective pseudonyms

2. Which Stephen King book was NOT made into a TV miniseries?
a. The Tommyknockers
b. Needful Things
c. The Stand
d. The Shining

3. Who wrote MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors which inspired both the MASH film and M*A*S*H TV series?

4. Which show, based on a book series of the same name by L.J. Smith, stars Bulgarian-Canadian actress and Degrassi: The Next Generation alumni, Nina Dobrev?

5. Which TV movie or series, based on a book, did Melissa Gilbert NOT star in:
a. The Diary of Anne Frank (1980)
b. Safe Harbour by Danielle Steele (2007)
c. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
d. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

6. Which forensic psychiatrist was first introduced to readers in Kathy Reich's first novel Deja Dead, and now shares her name with a character in the Bones TV series-- but confusingly based on Reich herself not the novel's heroine?

7. Which Oscar winning actress starred as Helga Wagner in the American 1970s version of Johann David Wyss's Swiss Family Robinson? The answer lies in this video, so don't look if you want to answer it the honest way:


8. Who wrote the novel Accidentally on Purpose which was turned into a CBS sitcom last year starring Jenna Elfman? (It's been canceled after a single season).


9. What is the first book in the Dexter novel series?

10. Which short lived series, according to Wikipedia, "revolves around the lives of several people as a mysterious event causes nearly everyone on the planet to simultaneously lose consciousness for two minutes and seventeen seconds on October 6, 2009. During this "blackout," people see what appear to be visions of their lives on April 29, 2010"? P.S. It's based on a novel by a Canadian.

(Out of respect for George Orwell, I've avoided any question involving Big Brother.)

19 comments:

Allison said...

I found these tough. I'm going to answer the Melissa Gilbert one, I think it's d) Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell.

John Mutford said...

Allison: That's it! Clifford, by the way, was voiced by the late John Ritter. Follow-up question: which other series did Ritter star in which was also based on a book?

Wanda said...

Guessing here but I think #4 might be 18 to Life (?)

*I know Allison's follow up question, we own the entire series! Here's a hint that may help or hurt, the daughters names all have an 'E'*

Nicola said...

Answer to #1 is Laura Lee Hope

raidergirl3 said...

#9 is Darkly Dreaming Dexter.
I have the book to read beside my bed. I really wanted to answer #1, cause I read the Bobbsey Twins, not the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew.

Kate said...

#6 Tempe Brennan I love the books, haven't seen the TV series.

Jacki said...

The answer to the follow-up question John posted in Comment #2 is The Waltons. I love that series! I did see (and do own) the pilot - The Homecoming - but never did read the book.

I also know the answer to question #2, which is, by the way, sort of a trick question ;-)

gypsysmom said...

I think I don't watch enough TV to be able to answer most of these questions (although I could have answered the one about Kathy Reichs). However I'll try #2 and I think the one that wasn't made into a TV miniseries is The Shining because that was made into a movie.

John Mutford said...

Wanda: Sorry, 18 to Life is not it.

Nicola: That's it. And your followup question was going to ask what Laura Lee Hope is known for, but Raidergirl answered that below. Instead, I'll ask who played Joe Hardy (hint: he had a number one song with his cover of Da Doo Ron Ron).


Raidergirl: That's it. Follow-up question: Which actor from season four is responsible for such titles as "Remarkable Farkle McBride" and "I Got Two Dogs"?

Kate: That's it and here's your follow-up: What province currently employs author Kathy Reichs?

Jacki: You're right about the Waltons, BUT interestingly that wasn't the series I had in mind. I didn't know that the Waltons was based on a book, so thank-you for teaching me something new. By the way, did you know that Richard Thomas (John-boy Walton) and Ritter also appeared together in the TV adaptation of Stephen King's "It"?

But we still need to find out what Ritter's other book based tv show is-- geez, who knew the guy had so many literary connections. Your follow up question is: What other TV show starring John Ritter was based on a book.?

John Mutford said...

Gypsysmom: Sorry, number 2 was a bit tricky. The Shining was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson, but in the 90s it was also made into a tv miniseries. You can see clips from both here.

Lahni said...

#4 The Vampire Diaries

Kate said...

OK - just guessing here, but I'm going to have to say that Reichs is employed by the province of Quebec. Having lived in Montreal for 4 years, I love reading the bits of her books set there, as I can often picture where the events are taking place.

raidergirl3 said...

I haven't seen any of the show Darkly Dreaming Dexter, so I didn't know offhand. But I googled it, so now I know, and then I remembered that John Lithgow wrote some books. So I cheated a bit.

John Ritter was perfect as Clifford.

Nicola said...

The follow up is way too easy John!

Shaun Cassidy! My teen dream idol! My bedroom used to be plastered with posters of him. I even have the ND & HB DVD sets but I only watch the Hardy Boy episodes!

Nicola said...

PS - This is where the Canadian book bloggers come out to play on an American holiday weekend!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was all set to answer Joseph Heller for #3, when realised I was thinking of Catch 22, so I don't know. It wasn't Joseph Heller, was it?

John Mutford said...

Barbara: Sorry, it was NOT in fact Joseph Heller.

Allison said...

8 Simple Rules? No idea that was a book, but I don't recall Ritter in another series besides Three's Company.

John Mutford said...

Allison: Yes, it was a book by the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. He's also written a followup book called 8 Simple Rules For Marrying My Daughter.