On July 30, @CapriciousReadr and I gathered with several others on Twitter to live-tweet our reactions as we viewed the 1962 movie adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. We each settled in with our beverage and snack of choice (I was only kidding about the Alabama Slammers!), and pressed “Play” simultaneously.
What kinds of things did we tweet? Here’s a sampling:
- comments on the opening credits, the treasure in the box, and Scout’s drawing leading to the title
- the music
- various actors and actresses, what other roles we’ve seen them in
- Scout’s first day of school outfit: scratchy uncomfortable dress
- was there more than just a neighborly bond between Atticus and Miss Maudie?
- a shared craving for corn bread and maple syrup, when Walter Cunningham joins the Finches for dinner (lunch)
- Scout diffusing the gang of men who confront Atticus in front of the jail; the innocence of a child shaming Mr. Cunningham simply by recognizing him and saying hello
- the courtroom scene, including suggestions of other “must see” courtroom dramas (including Twelve Angry Men … who can remember the others?)
- striking lines of dialogue:
- Stand up Miss Jean Louise, your father is passing.
- Hey, Boo.
- Thank you, Arthur. Thank you for my children.
Sorry, the search for #tkam on twitter only holds tweets for a few days, so I can’t give credit to the original tweeters, and I’ve written this from memory, not notes on the evening.
For those who joined us, please add a comment with any other discussion you remember.
For those who weren’t able to join us in the viewalong, I invite each of you to share your favorite line, from the book or film.
Thanks to those who commented during the tweetChat:
- @Chris Lejarzar
And a special thanks to @FizzyThoughts, who shared this YouTube find, one of many To Kill a Mockingbird video takes using Legos!: