6 Degrees of Separation: Fever Pitch

March 4, 2017 | 3 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

The starting book this month is Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. This memoir is a love letter to football (or soccer for you Americans), a sport that Hornby has been obsessed with his entire life.

Another author with a lifelong obsession with sports is Fredrik Backman. His latest novel, Beartown, is all about a small town’s obsession with ice hockey. The only thing that rivals Backman’s obsession with sports is his obsession with food (when I started following his blog, every other post was about frying some kind of meat).

A story that I love, and where food plays a central role, is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I have had a life-long obsession with the film adaption from 1991 starring the amazing Kathy Bates as Evelyn Couch.

Kathy Bates also starred in the film adaption of Cecelia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You. I absolutely adored the story about a young widow who goes on a journey planned by her late husband, and discovers herself again. I read the book after watching the film and was very disappointed.

Another case where I loved the film adaption, but was disappointed in the book is Chocolat by Joanne Harris. It is about a young single mother who opens a chocolate store in a small town in France. Juliette Binoche is great as the lead Dianne Rocher (and Johnny Depp as Roux is tolerable) but my favourite is definitely Judi Dench as Armande Voizin. The film was directed by Lasse Hallström.

Lasse Hallström also directed the amazing film adaption of Peter Hedges’ novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Peter Hedges wrote the screenplay for the film adaption of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, which nicely turns my chain into a circle.

This time, my chain took me from Fever Pitch, via stories love, food and films, to About a Boy.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Fever Pitch, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.