Picnic At Hanging Rock (A book and An Amazon Original)

United States
June 11, 2018 6:37pm CST
I use amazon video to watch television though I also have a netflix account. I've been using amazon a lot more lately simply because I have a firestick and amazon content is the first thing that pops up for me. With amazon you see several advertisements of shows on their network throughout the show you are currently watching. Picnic At Hanging Rock has been one of the advertisements I've seen over the past couple of weeks. Today I finally decided to check it out and I am very glad I did. I intend to eventually read the book as well. I am quite horrible at describing things but I will do my best to give a brief synopsis for those who might want to watch the mini series or read the book. The story is based around events in the years surrounding 1900. The characters are all young women who attend a finishing school headed up by a very stern widower. Hanging Rock is a rock formation that is surrounded by valleys and forest. It also seems to be a popular spot because of it's history. The headmistress of the school grants her pupils a visit to The Hanging Rock on Valentine's Day of 1900. She does not go herself but leaves them in the care of two of their teachers as well as a few gentleman. Three of the girls ask to go off on their own and one of the teachers grants them their request with the stipulation that they will only be gone an hour. They go missing and you learn things about them as well as the people surrounding them as they are being searched for. The story ends with you having several different opinions on what may have happened to them but without knowing for sure. Of course it also ends with one of the main characters demise and you could assume that that character had something to do with it but I am not so certain myself. Have you seen this or read the book? If so, what did you think to it.
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
12 Jun
It sounds so good! I will look for it. I haven't read the book either.
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• United States
12 Jun
It will only be on amazon. It irks me somewhat these "Netflix", "Hulu", "Youtube" originals. I had several shows on hulu that I wanted to keep watching but the service kept buffering and buffering for me and I had to get rid of it. The support for hulu is horrendous as well. Anyway, I hope you can find it and will like it. It is the one that is an Amazon Original. The movie from the 1970's comes up as well but I am referring to the newest one here.
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum Thanks. I don't have HULU thank goodness.
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• United States
12 Jun
@DianneN I don't know if it was because I had upgraded a couple of times or what. You know how things go though, what doesn't work for me might work for you.
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@sharon6345 (126370)
• United States
11 Jun
My fire stick has kodi so I no longer need amazon streaming. I am waiting on my update which is said to have showtime and starz added. I hope it's ready soon.
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@sharon6345 (126370)
• United States
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum What do you get to see with Britbox is it free. You could also get Nbc.
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• United States
12 Jun
@sharon6345 I have to pay for BritBox but I get basically shows that have been created by networks in Britain.
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@sharon6345 (126370)
• United States
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum Oh ok that is good I was going to get it if it were free. I am paying for hulu till the fire stick is ready. After that I can cut it.
@Courtlynn (66179)
• United States
12 Jun
I have not seen it or read it.
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• United States
12 Jun
It is a very good series, I wouldn't yet know about the book itself though.
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@Courtlynn (66179)
• United States
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum well, I hope you enjoy the book.
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• United States
12 Jun
@Courtlynn Thanks!
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@RubyHawk (25503)
• Atlanta, Georgia
12 Jun
I haven't but I would love to read the book. Sounds right up my alley.
• United States
12 Jun
It will be one of those books that leaves you questioning.
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@RubyHawk (25503)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum I like books that lead you a merry chase. I just finished A Wife Between Them. It had me guessing all the way through the book.
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• United States
13 Jun
@RubyHawk Who is it by? I was trying to look it up and all I could find was reference to "The Wife Between Us." I'll be writing more discussions on books I have and have not read. I think it's great we have so many readers here and we can encourage each other to read more.
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@Jessabuma (29029)
• Baguio, Philippines
12 Jun
I have never seen it but I would love to see it. Thanks for sharing
• United States
12 Jun
It is only available on amazon. I am a prime member so I am not sure how it would work for non prime members. I hope you can watch it.
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@Jessabuma (29029)
• Baguio, Philippines
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum Ohh so sad..
• United States
12 Jun
@Jessabuma A lot of the things I recommend will be from amazon unfortunately.
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@JESSY3236 (6536)
• United States
12 Jun
I haven't seen it or read it. It sounds really good. Overdrive doesn't have the book.
• United States
12 Jun
I wonder if there are other free ebook services that might have it?
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@JESSY3236 (6536)
• United States
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum I looked at Open Library and they don't have it either.
• United States
12 Jun
@JESSY3236 I know amazon has it but this site has it as well :
Read "Picnic at Hanging Rock" by Joan Lindsay with Rakuten Kobo. ***Now a six-part TV series starring Natalie Dormer, from Amazon Prime* A 50th-anniversary edition of the landmark novel...
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@RasmaSandra (17654)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
12 Jun
It sounds very interesting. I will take a look for the book and for the movie. It seems they have it on YouTube.
• United States
12 Jun
No they do not. They do have a movie on youtube but it is not the same one that I refer to.
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@RasmaSandra (17654)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum OK I looked it up you are referring to the Australian version.
• United States
12 Jun
@RasmaSandra This is what I am referring to :
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@rakski (16401)
• Philippines
12 Jun
no, I have not. But I would love to see or read it.
• United States
12 Jun
You have to have amazon prim to see it but just look up the title and you will find the book.
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@rakski (16401)
• Philippines
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum okay. I will try that.
• United States
12 Jun
@rakski I hope you enjoy the book. If you use youtube you might search for the title there. It won't be the same series I watched but I was told there is a series from the 70's that is based on the book as well.
@JohnRoberts (57351)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Jun
I have seen the original film version from the 70s and read the book decades ago.
• United States
11 Jun
I wasn't aware there was an original film version. I will have to look into that. I'm weird about watching another version of something I've already watched though. For instance, I love "And Then There Were None" circa 1940's but didn't like the later British Adaptation from the '00's. Of course they ended it differently and that may be part of it.
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@Marty1 (33673)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum Is the movie "And then there were none" based on the Agatha Christie novel? Did you see it on Netflix or Amazon Prime? those are the only two i have for streaming services
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• United States
12 Jun
@Marty1 Yes it is based off of the Agatha Christie Novel. I believe the British adaptation I found on amazon prime but it has been several years so I am not sure. You can go to youtube and type in "And Then There Were None Full Movie" and the older version should pop up. It's been a few years since I've watched it, but that is how I watched it before.
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@LadyDuck (157949)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
I have not read this book, but it sounds really interesting.
• United States
12 Jun
I thought it was very interesting. Perhaps once I've had a chance to read it, and if you get a chance, we can discuss it.
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@LadyDuck (157949)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum I am going to check if I can find the book on Amazon.
@morgoodie (2353)
• United States
12 Jun
Is it based on a true story? Either way, it sounds really good. I might have to check it out. I wonder if I should read the book first or second. The books are usually better than the movies. I am glad that you enjoyed it.
@morgoodie (2353)
• United States
12 Jun
@ScribbledAdNauseum There have been very few movies that I have seen that I liked after reading the book. This is why I won't see Fifty Shades. I read all the books which I don't like romance books but these ones were good. But I have a different vision of the characters than the ones that were in the movie.
@snowy22315 (47398)
• United States
12 Jun
That is a remake of the original movie, I think I have seen it. I never read the book though. It seems like it would be good.
• United States
12 Jun
Yes I Was informed there was an original made in the '70's. The storyline is a good one and I bet the book would dive a bit deeper. The amazon version had me forever questioning things.
@maezee (32312)
• United States
12 Jun
I havent even heard of this but it does sound good
@mythociate (15387)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
12 Jun
Yeah, I've been seeing 'that banner above my "Continue Watching"-list on Amazon Prime' as well. Thanks for the preview, but I don't think I'm gonna watch it unless it's something mysterious like witches or aliens or time-travel ... I currently have a few DOCTOR WHO seasons and that season of BBC's HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY on my list.
• United States
12 Jun
I am not much for Doctor Who but I do love Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. If you haven't checked out "Lore" than you might give it a try. It talks about what people were superstitious and afraid of in the past. There is one episode dedicated to Lobotomy.
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12 Jun
I read the book when I was quite young, maybe eleven or twelve. I can still remember the cover and vaguely remember the story. I also remember that I did really enjoy it. I've seen the original film too, but again, a long time ago. If I remember I'll look the Amazon Original version up tonight and watch it in bed!
• United States
12 Jun
The amazon original is 6 episodes long. I will have to watch the older version at some point as well. You will be able to find the older version on amazon too.
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@UncleJoe (9970)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
12 Jun
I've been to Hanging Rock several times. Not to be confused with the other Hanging Rock in North Carolina. Been there too.
• United States
12 Jun
There seems to be quite a few different places with the same name. For Instance, I've been to Stone Mountain in North Carolina but not in Georgia. I've been to Hanging Rock in North Carolina. It's only a half hour from my best friend's house and is quite a pretty little drive.
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