Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! I don't know about you, but I'm glad I read the book that inspired Slumdog Millionaire, as I found the book to be thought-provoking as well as entertaining. Let's chat about our final thoughts on it in just a sec.
Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, went up every Friday in March). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
Don't forget to check back next week for my April Buzz Book Club selection!
To discuss last week's section of Slumdog Millionaire, in which we read from "10,000,000 Rupees — Tragedy Queen" to the end of the book,
- In the end, do you think Prem Kumar is made out to be a bit too sympathetic, considering what he's guilty of with the girls? Does he get off too easy?
- Do you feel like you learned more about India through this book? How does the setting of India play a part in the story? How do you think the story would differ if it took place somewhere else?
- If you've seen the movie, are there parts of the book you wish had been included in the film? Or if you have yet to see the film, are there parts of the book you hope will be in the movie?
- On a similar note, one small moment that's stuck with me is Ram realizing because of Neelima that celebrities are just like normal people, except they care about fame where normal people care about money. Ram's a pretty profound kid, after all he's gone through; have any of his observations stuck with you?
- After winning at the Oscars, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy said that when he was adapting the novel for film, he wanted to make it more of a love story and focus less on the game show than the book does because love stories are so universal. Do you agree with this decision?
- If you've both seen the movie and read the book, do you prefer one over the other? Do you think one is "better?"