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Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Here is Peter Benchleys classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today. When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Over the ensuing decades, Benchley was actively engaged with scientists and filmmakers on expeditions around the world as they expanded their knowledge of sharks. Also during this time, there was an unprecedented upswing in the number of sharks killed to make shark-fin soup, and Benchley worked with governments and nonprofits to sound the alarm for shark conservation. He encouraged each new generation of Jaws fans to enjoy his riveting tale and to channel their excitement into support and protection of these magnificent, prehistoric apex predators. This edition of Jaws contains bonus content from Peter Benchleys archives, including the original typed title page, a brainstorming list of possible titles, a letter from Benchley to producer David Brown with honest feedback on the movie adaptation, and excerpts from Benchleys book Shark Trouble highlighting his firsthand account of writing Jaws, selling it to Universal Studios, and working with Steven Spielberg. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A tightly written, tautly paced study of terror [that] makes us tingle.The Washington Post Powerful . . . [Benchleys] story grabs you at once.The New York Times Book Review Relentless terror . . . Youd better steel yourself for this one. It isnt a tale for the faint of heart.The Philadelphia Inquirer Pure engrossment from the very opening . . . a fine story told with style, class, and a splendid feeling for suspense.Chicago Sun-Times
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5feet.of.fury
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Panpan

( 📸 Jaws memes I saw this week &a semi-local beach had a shark sighting)
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This book is trash.
Spielberg is a whole genius for making such a good movie out of such terrible source material.

It‘s racist even by 1970s standards. I have no idea what issues Benchley was working through with Brody‘s wife -but yikes. Unnecessary pet death. The mafia is there? The police show a half eaten body to a civilian?

Not enough Quint& not enough Shark
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kplovesbooks Ugh. Same. Hated the book. So much unnecessary stupidness and not enough shark. 2mo
5feet.of.fury @kplovesbooks 😝 I was out tonight and was talking about… everything wrong with it and was like “it‘s about a shark! Where‘s the shark?” 2mo
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury He was a minor character, apparently. 😂😂 2mo
5feet.of.fury @kplovesbooks racism and MRS Brody‘s weird affair were main characters 🥴 2mo
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury I read it like 10 years ago so I can't remember the racism for some reason, but that weird ass affair has never left my brain. 🤦 Ridiculous!! 2mo
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5feet.of.fury
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I am so thankful for the things they left out when they made the movie.
There‘s racist language and undertones in the book and one of the worst instances here of men writing women I ever read. 😂

5feet.of.fury Like, this lunch scene, I am not here to kink shame, but let‘s get back to the Shark. 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Sooo, the book is not Jawsome, then! That‘s disappointing. ☹️ (edited) 2mo
5feet.of.fury @DaveGreen7777 🤣🤣🤣🤣 it‘s cornier than that joke 😜 2mo
DaveGreen7777 @5feet.of.fury 😂🤣👏 2mo
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5feet.of.fury
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This is off to a weird start 🤣
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The prose is not what I expected to say the least.

DaveGreen7777 I‘m reading Mary Shelley‘s “Frankenstein” right now and I had a similar reaction… the prose (especially the first four chapters essentially being letters from a side chats) is not what I expected at all! 2mo
5feet.of.fury @DaveGreen7777 I agree on that one too! 2mo
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Reagan
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Panpan

I don‘t have enough words to express how much I disliked this well written book. Maybe it is a classic but maybe sometimes movies are better than books. I will remember a cast full of unlikeable characters, some good deaths, and too little shark. Hated it.

AmyG Yes, the movie is much better than the book. 6mo
vivastory I agree that this is one of the rare cases where the movie is better 6mo
Addison_Reads Yes! I was so excited to finally read this and when I did it was such a disappointment. Still love the movie though. 😁 6mo
5feet.of.fury I just started this this morning and the internal monologue of the police chief was so nuts 2mo
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Reagan
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Jaws is my absolute favourite movie of all time. Movie making perfection in my opinion. I read the books when I was much younger and don‘t really remember it but I snagged it at the library and started yesterday. I‘ve been flying through books but slowed down end of February so hopefully this helps me pick up steam again. Have a great weekend! MacGruber in the background as a #caturday offering

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Grizzlan
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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This book doesn't hold up well with age. I found the story to be sexist and racist which distracted me and reduced my enjoyment.

AshleyHoss820 I‘ve been hating on this book for years. Mrs. Brody‘s r*pe fantasies are a serious no-go. What was he thinking!? It just ruins what could have been an awesome story, as the movie proved. 11mo
Grizzlan @AshleyHoss820 I agree. That and how supposedly all the crime that happens in the area is done by people of color. Just made me angry to read. 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Grizzlan Blech. I must have blocked that part out. So gross. 😒 11mo
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OndinetheSea
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Mehso-so

Jaws was interesting.
Peter Benchley did a great job writing unlikable characters. The parts of the book I enjoyed the most were of the shark. Or as he's called in the book 'The Fish'.
The movie felt like a different story. They changed a considerable amount, and I don't have a problem with that at all. And as always, a jump scare got me even though I knew it was coming.

Book: 4/10
Book 🦈: 10/10
Movie: 6/10
Movie 🦈: 10/10

kplovesbooks Same! ...and I like how you gave the shark it's own separate rating!! 😂 🦈 12mo
Yuki_Onna I love your sharkies!!! 12mo
OndinetheSea @kplovesbooks the shark worked hard, he deserved it 😆 12mo
OndinetheSea @Yuki_Onna They're my support sharks 😅 12mo
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OndinetheSea
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I started Jaws this morning, it is my scare pair for the #screamathon since I have never read or seen the movie.
So far, I agree with Steve Spielberg. I also find the characters unsympathetic and I want the shark to eat them all. 😅
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@4thhouseontheleft

kplovesbooks The book legit sucked. Total agreement about the characters!! They're even worse in the book than the movie. 12mo
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Traci1
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I read this one a couple months back, and it has not aged well. The toothy bits are great. The way women are written, not so much.

#FallTreasures
Day 14: published the year I was born
@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

BiblioLitten This is the rare ‘I like the movie better‘ book. 12mo
Traci1 @BiblioLitten definitely 12mo
Eggs 👍🏼 🦈 📚 12mo
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comics_librarian
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Pickpick

The shark isn't as mystified as in the film and there is a greater focus on domestic drama between the characters, but Jaws the book still holds up as a perfectly thrilling summer read.

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Blueberry
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Eggs Absolutely 💙 🦈🌊 13mo
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SerenaCrawford
Jaws | Peter Benchley
Pickpick

Really enjoyed!!! Very different than the movie. I recommend you read it.

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AlisBookNookCorner
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⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2021/08/09/jaws-by-peter-benchley/

I loved the movie adaptation, the novel did not disappoint either. A man-eating shark terrorizes the small town of Amity. The rein of terror causes countless deaths and poses other problems for this beach town. Officer Cheif Brody attempts to find a way to put a stop to the shark attacks. Great read!

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AlisBookNookCorner
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Traci1
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This is a reluctant pick. I liked the fishy bits but could have done without Ellen Brody altogether. Her character's actions were ridiculous and totally unnecessary to the plot in my opinion. I tried to remember that this book is older than I am and give it a bit of slack for that, but...Benchley was not a great writer of women. Ignoring that bit, the book was a quick and intense read.

Bookwormjillk This book was so dated when I read it a couple of years ago. 14mo
AlaMich I tend to think there were vanishingly few male writers back when who could write decent women characters. 14mo
Traci1 @Bookwormjillk yeah, it didn't age well. 14mo
Traci1 @AlaMich definitely. Some still seem to write them that way. 14mo
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Lizpixie
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Bk2 of August & #LitsySummerCampReadathon is done. Finished this last night but fell asleep before posting. Got a good start on the baby blanket with #audioknitting to this, really helps my concentration on both. This book is very different from the movie, and while I did enjoy this it‘s a rare case of the movie is better. Still, it was an insight into 70s culture. #BookspinBingo #Pageathon #AudiobookChallenge2021 #PennyPerPage

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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Lizpixie
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Today‘s #SummerCampReadathon is brought to you by Jaws. It‘s one of my favourite movies of all time & I have read this before but that was over 20yrs ago. I saw it was included in my Audible membership & decided to get some #audioknitting done to it. I‘m loving this cotton yarn from Fiddlesticks Yarn, it‘s so easy to work with & has a softness and stretch to it that‘s gonna be beautiful to wrap up bub in. What are you doing this lovely Tuesday?

Freespirit Love the colour ❤️ 14mo
Lizpixie @Freespirit my daughters doing a Winnie The Pooh theme in her nursery so I thought it would match Winnies colour. The rest will be large stripes of woodland & sky colours, I have leaf green, sky blue, navy blue, silver, coral & pale yellow. Hopefully they work together🤞 14mo
CarolynM Oh wow! Jaws! I remember reading this with my friends in high school - we were scandalised by the shocking sex talk😂😂😂 I imagine it was actually very tame. 14mo
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JoeMo
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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I thought this would be the perfect beach read. It turns out that I have to give the screenwriters and Spielberg a ton of credit for trimming away the parts of the story that didn‘t work. The characters are less likable, the reader is forced to endure a pseudo-romantic subplot that bogs things down, and the shark hunt is less exciting, partially due to the fact the three guys on the boat can‘t stand one another. 2.5/5
#Bookspinbingo

Addison_Reads I felt the same way when I finally read this book. It's a very rare case of me liking the movie more than the book. 1y
bthegood Your review sums it up well for me too - favorite movie - not my favorite book - 😊 (edited) 1y
TheAromaofBooks I think the movie-better-than-the-book thing is more likely to happen with books like this - where a book starts filling us in on relationships & motivations, a movie focuses on the action haha 1y
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Bookish_Gal
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Mehso-so

Reading Jaws by the ocean? Great idea, always found the movie funny because of how bad the shark is portrayed. The book? Can‘t stand how chief Brody is portrayed. You can tell this book is written by a man. Easy. There‘s a whole side story about Mrs Brody and Hooper “getting along”. What struck me was that hooper and chief did not get along, at all. How the shark is shown with animal insight and human brains.
Movie > book #shark #capecod

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Bookish_Gal
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Happy #SharkWeek 🦈
Decided to finally read the classic book that started a cult classic. I‘ve seen the movie multiple times, always laughing at how fake it clearly is. With all this book and movie did, let none forget that Peter didn‘t like how sharks were viewed afterwards, yet happy to see how many people began to wonder about them. How many people went on to study sharks because of this story. Based on the 4 July attacks in 1916 New Jersey

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ripley_reads
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🦈 One of my favorite movies yet I‘ve never read the book. Let‘s do this! #happy4thofjuly 🇺🇸

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DarkPizza
Jaws | Peter Benchley
Pickpick

Like a lot of people, my only previous experience with this book was the movie adaptation. Luckily, the book was great. The plot is largely the same, with some significant differences, but the characters in the book are much less likeable and flawed. Quint, for ex., is still charming and funny, but his behavior toward animals is much more brutal. The movie cut a whole side plot about Hooper which makes him a very unsympathetic character as well.

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Michellesibs
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Pickpick

This book is a product of its time, written in the mid seventies you can really see how much more research has been done on sharks since (for example we now know that if a woman gets killed by a shark its not to do with her period, sigh) but also in terms of its attitude towards women, lesbians and people of colour.

Overall this was a very bingeable read which I enjoyed, issues aside.

AmyG One of my most favorite movies. 1y
BookDragonNotWorm Overall, I liked this one, but was shocked by how much it focused on the relationships more than the shark (IF my memory serves right). I do remember that this is one of the rare times I liked the movie better. 1y
Michellesibs @BookDragonNotWorm Yes! And the whole putting Perfume on her genitals was just weird. These a lot of stuff that hasn't held up well with time that's for sure. I agree, the movie is better. 1y
Michellesibs @AmyG Yeah its a really iconic movie isn't it 1y
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Tattooedteacher
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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So, I‘m going to be brutally honest: I did not like this book. It actually annoyed me. I usually believe the book is always better, but I imagine that after seeing the movie so many times it skewed my opinion. I felt there were a lot of things in the book that were a disservice to the movie characters I love. That being said, I might have enjoyed it had I only read the book.

shortsarahrose I am of the #unpopularopinion in book circles that sometimes the movie actually is better. 2y
bthegood I agree with you on this one - maybe seeing the movie first (and so many times) before I read the book - so I have not re-read the book but every year around memorial day I watch the first movie. (sometimes the second, rarely the third or fourth). Enjoy your day - 2y
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Tattooedteacher
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Almost 16 years ago my dad passed from cancer. He never read for pleasure. Instead he loved movies and for his whole life shared that love with me. The Jaws movie was on his top ten list (and consequently mine) Both of us could probably recite the entire script. I found the audio of the book (believe it or not I never read it, ever) & started listening tonight while drawing valentines. Enjoying this little bit of memory

CocoReads We‘re big Jaws fans too. Funnily enough, my oldest daughter has a Jaws bathroom in her house. 2y
Tattooedteacher Truth be told, I was freaked out for years about sharks. I actually was a afraid there would be a shark in our pool. Maybe I was a bit young. ☺️. Love the idea of a Jaws bathroom. @CocoReads (edited) 2y
Crazeedi Sending a big hug💗 2y
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AmyG This is also in my top 10 movies of all time. I remember seeing this in the theater when it was released. 2y
Bookwormjillk I watch this movie every summer (after I get home from Cape Cod NOT BEFORE.) I don‘t like the book as much but I love the movie. 2y
Powered_By_Plants Such Wonderful memories ❤️ , sending love and what a Great film. 2y
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Mitch
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A rainy afternoon with Mr K ♥️

Bookzombie That looks fun! 2y
vivastory You always have the coolest games! 2y
AmyG THERE IS A JAWS GAME? 2y
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Bookish.SAM What? A Jaws game!? I‘ll need to look into this! 😊 2y
Mitch @Bookzombie it‘s a new one for us. Mr K is off work for a week (his first time off in 10 months). So were making the most of our lockdown with new games and baking treats to accompany them! 2y
Mitch @AmyG it la fun - a good strategy game that isn‘t overly complex - but difficult enough to keep you interested! 2y
Mitch @Bookish.SAM I know - it‘s beautifully produced with quotes from the movie 2y
Mitch @vivastory 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
rachaich I'm in awe!!! 2y
Cruble88 Just played this with my hubby and we loved it! 2y
Mitch @Cruble88 we‘ve had some fun afternoons this week chasing sharks! 2y
Mitch13 Seen the board game at our local bookstore/record store. I am game junkie and have been thinking about buying it on more than 1 occasion... from your review think I am gonna buy it ... thanks 😊 2y
Mitch @Mitch13 enjoy! 2y
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Jen_Reads
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Pickpick

Super different from the movie, but still pretty ok. It also means that I finished my #bookspin book today! First time getting both that and the #doublebookspin done! After a long and cruddy week I think that is a success! Thank goodness for a long weekend.

Photo of Bruce the shark from Jaws is from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

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Jen_Reads
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Working on my #bookspin pick. I changed it from another title to Jaws on Tuesday because the other was was incredibly boring and now what I was hoping

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Jen_Reads
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Took a trip to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy today and they have a Jaws display. These are the drawings for the pitch that Peter Benchley made for the movie. 🦈. I‘d love having them framed on my own wall.

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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📖 Jaws, first one that comes to mind
❤ My grandmother married her high school sweetheart 67 years later.
🎶 Surf rock like Miserlou, California Girls, Sleepwalk, etc; Boardwalk Angel & Jersey Girl feel very NJ summer; Summertime by the Fresh Prince Will Smith; and Sublime's entire 40 oz. to Freedom album gives me summer vibes, even in the dead of winter.
Tag! You're all it! 😁
Thanks for the tag @katy4peas
#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira O! Lovely pic & love story for them❣️🙏🏻 (edited) 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira 🤣 Jaws 🦈 👊🏻 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira I could've scrolled through my TBR and picked some nice chick lit or family drama that takes place at the beach but that's not my style! I'm here to shake things up a bit. 🤣🤣🤣 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Your grandma and her new husband seriously just made my day!!! ❤️😍❤️ 2y
MoonWitch94 Omg how cute is your grandma!! Congratulations to her! Good song choices! 2y
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cleoh
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That first chapter traumatized 7yo Cleo 😅

• Have You Seen The Rain by CCR, which is still one of my favourites
• it‘s finally raining after a week of super hot days

#thankfulthursday @Cosmos_Moon

Cosmos_Moon Rainy water theme 🌧 🦈 🌊 💦 💦 2y
cleoh @Cosmos_Moon I didn‘t even notice! 😂🌧 2y
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Jen_Reads
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In honor of Shark Week! 🦈🦈🦈🦈
#nowlistening

bookishdawg That cover! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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wordslinger42
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Some more Shark Week shenanigans for you! 🦈🌊
@curiouserandcurioser

Hazel2019 😁 2y
Sleepswithbooks So cute!! 2y
sprainedbrain That is so cute!! 2y
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Reggie That poor bear!!! Lol 2y
wordslinger42 @Reggie I did feel a little bad about that 😂😂 2y
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wordslinger42
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It is Shark Week and @curiouserandcurioser and I will be celebrating all week long 🦈🌊🦈🌊🦈

curiouserandcurioser @wordslinger42 sooo excited for our week of shark celebrations!! So much fun!! 2y
wordslinger42 @curiouserandcurioser I'm so excited, too!! 2y
BookwormAHN I love Shark Week 💙🦈💙 2y
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Sleepswithbooks Your mugs are awesome 🦈 2y
wordslinger42 @BookwormAHN Yes!! We've been watching for a few years now and our celebration seems to get more involved and silly every time 😅 2y
wordslinger42 @Stacypatrice Thank you!! 🦈 2y
Sleepswithbooks @wordslinger42 and @curiouserandcurioser - I watched “The Shallows” today and thought to myself, “This is for the Shark Week Girls.” 2y
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vivastory
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Confession time: I've never seen Jaws. I know. I know. It's one of those movies I've probably watched through all of the five or ten minutes I've stumbled across over the years. So after my current book I plan on reading Benchley's book and remedying this oversight. I haven't heard very many good things about the book, so expectations are a bit low. What iconic movie have you never seen? No shame, we all have them.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Harry Potter 😱🤪 (I haven't seen Jaws either, but I read the book and liked it.) 2y
MsMelissa I haven‘t seen Jaws either, at least not in its entirety. 2y
MsMelissa As for most iconic movies I‘ve never watched? The Sound of Music, Miracle on 34th Street, Forrest Gump, The Godfather, It‘s a Wonderful Life, etc. 2y
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Trashcanman Top Gun and the Goonies and I have no desire to. 2y
vivastory @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I've never watched HP either. I'm also currently in the middle of reading them for the first time. I'm glad to hear that you thought the book is good! (edited) 2y
vivastory @Book_Fiend_Melissa Glad I'm not the only one who hasn't seen Jaws! I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life. I watched The Godfather many many years ago, but don't remember hardly anything about it 😂 2y
vivastory @Trashcanman I haven't seen Top Gun. People are always shocked when I tell them that. 😂 2y
Trashcanman I'm pretty sure Dickens was resurrected from the dead to write top gun. They won't get this guy🙏 Ha hahaha!!!! 2y
swynn “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,“ I've read the book three times, and have avoided the movie because I liked the book so much.

“Dr. Zhivago“ I've been told it's a rare case where the movie is better than the book. So far I've consumed neither, but the book comes up soon in a reading challenge.

“Breakfast at Tiffany's“: I saw a clip of Andy Rooney's character and now have no desire to watch the whole movie.
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LeahBergen Hmm... lots! Apocalypse Now, Breakfast at Tiffany‘s. Oh, and everyone is always amazed when I say I‘ve never seen The Notebook. 😆 2y
Scochrane26 I‘ve never seen Jaws, but that‘s because I‘m too scared. I‘m an 80‘s kid but have never watched Goonies & just watched Labryinth for the first time a few weeks ago. There are others I‘ve missed, too. 2y
KVanRead I‘ve seen Jaws several times. I have a weird fondness for it 🤷🏻‍♀️ Especially the drunk scene on the boat with Dreyfuss, Schneider and Shaw all trying to outdo each other. Shaw‘s performance is classic. Also I read my parents‘ Readers Digest version of the book as a kid and remember nothing about it other than finding it very thrilling and ‘adult‘ 😂 2y
KVanRead Classic I haven‘t seen is A Clockwork Orange (going to remedy that this week). Also Spaceballs which my family can‘t believe!!! 😂 Also never sat through all of 2001 or the original Planet of the Apes. 2y
KVanRead @LeahBergen Do yourself a favor and skip The Notebook! IMO, anyway 😂 2y
AmberWB Jaws is, without a doubt, my favorite movie of all time. When flipping through the channels, it it is on, I HAVE to stop and watch. It is a rule. 😉 I will day this- the book is...different. 2y
Ruthiella The movie is good as I recall. I only caught it on TV one late night about 20 years after the movie left the theaters but it still managed to scare me! 2y
sprainedbrain I‘ve never seen The Godfather. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Tanisha_A Sooo many. Jaws. Goodfellas. Taxi Driver. 2y
vivastory @swynn I have “One Flew Over“ on my TBR. I love the movie, but I can see why some people dislike it. I haven't watched or read DZ & although I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's I've seen the movie a few times. I can understand not wanting to watch it though. 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I haven't seen Apocalypse Now either. I'm in good company 👍 2y
vivastory @Scochrane26 Loved Labyrinth when I was a kid 2y
vivastory @KVanRead My grandparents had the Readers Digest version of it. I also have never seen the original Planet of the Apes, but I LOVED the recent ones with Andy Serkis. 2y
vivastory @AmberWB I will def. keep that in mind. I'm looking forward to it. Especially since I love horror movies it just feels like one I need to eventually get around to. 2y
vivastory @Ruthiella Glad to hear that! 2y
vivastory @sprainedbrain People are always surprised when I tell them I've only watched Godfather 1 since Scorsese is one of my fave directors 2y
vivastory @Tanisha_A I feel like that's the problem, there are so many movies considered iconic. That's valuable reading time 😂 2y
Hooked_on_books Now this shocks me coming from you! I read the book many moons ago and liked it. Who knows if I would feel the same way now. I love the movie—it‘s campy fun. I haven‘t seen several of the movies mentioned here. I also haven‘t seen Avatar and have no interest in it. 2y
Scochrane26 @KVanRead Spaceballs is definitely worth watching. It‘s hilarious. 2y
KVanRead @Scochrane26 I know! I know! My husband and kids are always telling me that!! Maybe we‘ll watch it tonight! 2y
CarolynM I've never seen it either, but I enjoyed the book a long time ago. Hope you like it. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick There are so many movies that I've never watched but they're such a part of pop culture that I know all I need to know about them: Jaws, Karate Kid, Rocky, Goodfellas, Scarface, Gone with the Wind... 2y
Reggie Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas. You‘ll love this movie. I watch it every couple of years and it‘s great every time. 2y
rohit-sawant There are a bunch, but off the top of my head, The Graduate and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I'd put off watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy until I read the books, I think, in 2015. Worth the wait on both counts. Hope you enjoy watching Jaws! 2y
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living.dead.ghoul.writes
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Yes socks on the beach! Dont judge me! 😂

This book surprised me. I think I prefer the movie version as the whole marital situation wasnt really necessary for the plot.

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TheQuietQuill
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Pickpick

Finished my first book for #readyoursign challenge! I loved when the shark was about to attack, you see things from the sharks point of view. Definitely upped that creepy vibe a ton. However, very disappointed in Ellen Brody. Loved her in the movie, hated her in the book. Super fun summer read for sure!

Checked off prompts #3 and #4 for #readyoursign #pisces

Clwojick 🦈🦈🦈🦈🦈 Way to go!🦈🦈🦈🦈🦈 2y
TheQuietQuill Thanks!! 🏊🏻🏊🏻🦈🦈 2y
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TheQuietQuill
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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A weekend of gardening, hiking, and reading the tagged book for #readyoursign reading challenge!

#pisces

BiblioLitten Good choice! 2y
veritysalter I enjoyed Jaws so much, I bought it after listening to a Wondery podcast ‘Inside Jaws‘ and it sparked my interest. 🦈 2y
TheQuietQuill I remember reading it a few years ago when I went to the beach, so it‘s so fun to revisit this thrilling classic. Sharks rule! 🦈😎 @veritysalter 2y
Clwojick I didn‘t know this was a book until very recently! I need to get my hands on a copy. I love sharks! 🦈 2y
Meaw_catlady Beautiful flowers!!!! 2y
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UwannaPublishme
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Gotta say, the graphic shark sequences in this creepy #BookSpin Bonus Pick will probably keep me out of the water this summer. 😆 Loved the Bonus Content: Benchley‘s backstory on writing Jaws plus his personal notes on what he wanted to change in the movie. A compelling read except for the annoying stereotypic female characters. At least Ellen Brody was better portrayed in the film, and her absurd erotic fantasies were left out.
@TheAromaofBooks

JanuarieTimewalker13 I liked the film much more than the book. As a probably 13 yo at time of reading I didn‘t like the cheating in the book. I think I remember someone cheating on someone else. I could be wrong. I forgot about the other nonsense but it does sound familiar! I would like to read the additional material by PB 3y
BiblioLitten I liked the movie better too. I read the book last year and was annoyed by the female characters too. 3y
UwannaPublishme @JanuarieTimewalker13 @BiblioLitten Glad I‘m not alone in preferring the movie over the book. 🙌🏻 Benchley wanted to make sure the film was believable. He also didn‘t like the Dreyfus character‘s beard since divers don‘t usually have them. Benchley later became an ocean activist. 3y
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BiblioLitten Ya I read about that after I finished reading the book. He tried to dispel the misconceptions that people had about sharks. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s interesting!! Thanks for sharing that! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great review! Sounds like a book that would terrify me 😂 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Never read the book, but quite enjoyed the movie! Still, the movie was scary enough for me. Not sure I could get through the book. And based on your review, it doesn't sound like I'm compelled to!👍🏽 3y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin Good move! 😁👍🏻 At least I can tuck this one away and Mark it Read and off my TBR. 3y
UwannaPublishme @TheAromaofBooks It‘s definitely creepy! 🦈 3y
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UwannaPublishme
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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I thought I was ready for my next book for the March #DoubleSpin. This is Number 7! Should I be brave and dive in??? 😳🦈🦈🦈
#BookSpin
@TheAromaofBooks
@MaleficentBookDragon

Sleepswithbooks Do it!!! 3y
MaleficentBookDragon Oh yes. But it is much scarier than the movie. 3y
TheAromaofBooks I've never read the book!!! Can't wait to hear what you think! 3y
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CarolynM This takes me back! It must be more than 40 years since I read it. I really enjoyed it but I've never seen the movie. 3y
UwannaPublishme @Stacypatrice I took the plunge! 🏊🏻‍♀️🦈 3y
UwannaPublishme @MaleficentBookDragon @TheAromaofBooks I just read Benchley‘s new intro and now I can‘t wait to jump in! 🦈 3y
UwannaPublishme @CarolynM You MUST see the movie! I remember being so scared to go in the water after seeing it. It‘s a classic! 3y
Sleepswithbooks @UwannaPublishme - Let me know how you find it. I loved the movie. This shark really needs a set of braces. I didn‘t realize that until now. 3y
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Susanita
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Around here lots of folks are looking for the (baby) shark #costume but I‘ll settle for this adorable keychain. (Nats logo is on the back.) #fallisbooked

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Lizpixie
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Another scary movie done for 2points! I first saw Jaws when I was about 6 or 7, it‘s given me a lifelong phobia of swimming at sea🦈It also gave me a fascination with the Indianapolis, Quints monologue about the sinking is mesmerizing. As far as I‘m concerned, it‘s the finest piece of acting, and writing, ever filmed. A perfect movie all round. #Scareathlon #TeamSlaughter 2points #PointsTotal-689

Bookwormjillk It is a great movie. Made more scary by what you don‘t see. Have you read (edited) 3y
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Bookwormjillk
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Clwojick 😂 😂 3y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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Pickpick

When your book matches your book sleeve. I thouroughly enjoyed this read. 🦈

#Screamathon 😱 @4thhouseontheleft

Aloisi_tribe Is the book as good as the movie? This is one of the very few cases where I love the movie so much, I‘m afraid reading the book will ruin it. 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Aloisi_tribe I've never actually seen the movie, so I can't say. 3y
sharread You've never watched Jaws! 😱 That's scary. 🤣 Really, the movie is awesome. 3y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @sharread 🤣 I know. I don't know why, but then when I found out it was a book I had to read the book first. Always book first for me. 3y
TorieStorieS I love that sleeve!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Sleepswithbooks What an awesome book sleeve! 3y
ferskner That's the greatest book sleeve! 3y
LeahBergen Love it! 3y
readordierachel That book sleeve is amazing! 🦈 3y
alisiakae Great matching! 3y
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Bookzombie
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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mcipher Such a good one! 3y
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Samplergal
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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AmyG Ha! I was going to do Jaws tomorrow. 👍🏻 3y
Samplergal I couldn‘t pick which was better, so I included both. Iconic. I remember at our community pool when this was released and at least seven people reading it one day! #popular. 3y
Ruthiella I like the original best! 3y
CarolynM O wow! This brings back some high school memories! We thought we were so sophisticated reading Jaws and The Thorn Birds in about 1979😂😂😂 3y
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Godislove
Jaws | Peter Benchley
Pickpick

This book is not just about some killer shark. Just like any book there is a protagonist and an antagonist. I would dare to say the protagonist is the people, their safety, well+being, and ability to provide for their family or community even. And the antagonist is the shark, which literally threatens the islanders way of existence. But a Shark will cause a more visceral reaction than any power figure that carries out this same culling day to day.

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MaleficentBookDragon
Jaws | Peter Benchley
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I can't believe I missed this one last week.
📚 Meg and Jaws
🎥 Finding Nemo and Deep Blue Sea (and Meg and Jaws)
🎶 One Bitten Twice Shy by Great White
#manicmonday #emojimadness
@JoScho

JoScho 🦈🖤 3y
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Godislove
Jaws | Peter Benchley

Favorite book and Movie. Created the summer blockbuster. Spielberg before ET or Close Encounters.