It’s summer and the Overthinking It Book Club is back! Last year, Ben Adams and Matt Wrather led a discussion of Ender’s Game in the lead up to the release of the (ultimately disappointing) film adaptation. We described that Book Club as “an experiment to see if we, the worldwide community of overthinkers, can have as much fun looking at a work of literature as we have when we talk about movies, TV shows, and music.” Given the lively discussions in the forums and the positive feedback we had to the Podcast, we consider that experiment a success.
For this round of the Book Club, we’ll be reading Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death.Whether you read the book in high school English, fell in love with Vonnegut’s work on your own, or have never read the book, we’ll have something for you: the Club will have a full crew of OTI regulars, some have read the book before, some will be reading it for the first time.
For Ender’s Game, we were able to cap off our close-reading of the book with the release of a film adaptation. This time around, we’ll be pairing our Book Club with a discussion of the 1972 film adaptation (available for rent through Amazon’s streaming service).
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The Book Club unfolds in weekly segments on the Book Club Podcast, released mid-week, with Ben and other Overthinking It writers. We’ll talk over the week’s reading, address some of the study questions, and highlight our favorite discussions from the forums.
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Our own Shana Mlawski, (the world’s foremost expert on Slaughterhouse-Five) has divided up the book into five roughly equal chunks, so we’ll spend five weeks discussing the book and our last week discussing the adaptation to film. You’ll get the most out of the club if you read these sections by these dates:
- Week 1 (July 23, 2014): Chapters 1 and 2
- Week 2 (July 30, 2014): Chapters 3 and 4
- Week 3 (August 6, 2014): Chapter 5
- Week 4 (August 13, 2014): Chapters 6, 7, 8
- Week 5 (August 20, 2014): Chapters 9 and 10
- Week 6 (August 27, 2014): The film adaptation
The most important part of the Book Club is getting the entire OTI community involved. For our discussion, we’re going to use a special section in the Overthinking It Forums. We’ll open up a thread for each Week of the Book Club, and everything up to and including the week’s reading is fair game for discussion—but if you’ve read the book, no spoilers for what is to come! (We’ll have a whole-book thread for those who have read it before.)
This is Overthinking It, so we don’t let little words like “Book” get in the way of what we talk about in Book Club. We’re looking forward to an exciting and wide-ranging discussion.
And after you’re done reading Slaughterhouse, stay tuned to OTI for the next round of Book Club—which may or may not feature an actual “book”…