Sunday, February 27, 2011

BW9: H is for Hitchockian

"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." - Alfred Hitchcock

H is for Hitchcockian.  I have Alfred Hitchcock on my mind today.   We were going through some boxes in the garage last weekend, cleaning up a  bit.  One of the boxes contains books we inherited from my late mother in law.  We currently have no room on our shelves, so there they sit waiting until we buy some more. Which is going to happen soon, I'm positive.   Periodically I go through the box and find something different that sparks.  I found 39 Steps written by John Buchan.  It was originally written in 1915 and Hitchcock made it into a film in the 1930's.  Which is why I have Hitchcock on the mind.  

Growing up, I loved Alfred Hitchcock movies.  They gave me the chills, entertained and creeped you out at the same time.  The first time we were allowed to watch "The Birds", I ended up sitting around the living corner, peeking out and ducking back at the most scariest scenes.  I think I was about nine at the time.  I could probably have buried my face in my mom or dad's lap, but instead distancing myself from the tv screen seemed to work better.   I've grown to love suspenseful, psychological, scary movies.  Not the blood and guts gory type, nor the explain it all because the audience is too stupid to understand and get it kind of movies and books.  Ones that leave it to your imagination.  The action just off screen.  Heart pounding, hand clenching, break out in cold sweat, jump in your seat, make you squeal stories. Speaking of squealing, my dad is the nervous sort and can't sit still during intense scenes.  He'd leave, come back. (now I know where I got it from)   When my sisters and I would watch a movie, just when we'd get totally wrapped up in it, he'd sneak up behind, grab us and yell boo.  Honestly -- pee in your pants moments.  I managed to get him back a few times.  :)

So how does this relate to books.  Can you get the same thrill out of books?  Oh yeah!  If they are done right.  I'm a visual learner - think in images and have a very active imagination.  When I read, if the writer really knows how to paint a story, I'll be totally drawn into the story, see it.  

What elements are considered hitchcockian?  According to the website

Most of the movies Alfred Hitchcock produced were taken from books:  

Just to name a few.  It would be interesting to read the books and compare them with the movies.  I'll be doing that with 39 Steps.  What about you? 

What book have you read lately that has had Hitchcockian elements to it?  Have you watched an Alfred Hitchcock movie lately?   

Link to your reviews: 


  1. I just posted a link for I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. Thanks for hosting this weekly challenge. I'm enjoying reading and visiting other blogs to get some ideas for future books to read.

  2. I was never a big Hitchcock fan, don't know why. This year I am reading a ton of YA and fantasy fiction because I needed a lighthearted sort of year. I reviewed Cassandra Clares, Mortal Instruments series this week.

  3. Sorry about my double linky everyone. I messed that one up by accident. Ugh! I finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest this week. Summer at Tiffany was last week. I enjoyed your Hitchcock post. My fave is North by Northwest. And Rear Window is pretty good too! :-)

  4. I'm not a huge Hitchcock fan, but I do like a few of his movies. My favorite is Notorius. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are wonderful!

  5. I never knew so many Hitchcock movies were taken from books! I'll have to look up some of them.

  6. Does it count that I read "Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Fiery Eye" last night? :D I loved those 3 Investigators books when I was a kid.

  7. I'm not into horror. I've never read a Hitchcock book but I have seen a movie--The Birds. Have a nice week.

  8. @Harvest moon - glad you are enjoying it. Will drop by soon to read your review.

    @Lizzie - He kind of grew on me.

    @Fairy Tale Mama and Jessica: It's been ages since I've seen North by Northwest. Going to have to do a Hitchcock marathon. :)

    @Leah - yeah, it surprised me too. I thought he wrote them all.

    @Jean - Sure and sounds good. Will have to check the story out.

    @Kaye - I'm not into horror either. Kind of a fine line between horror and psychological thrillers. The best thing though with p.t.'s - not gory. Well. most of the time.


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