Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'll choose a book over a movie any day. While I do go to the movies occasionally (in fact, I just saw Prince Caspian), I could pretty much go through life without them. I can't say the same for books.
I'm very picky about my movies. I'm not sure when and why this happened. Maybe because my mom sees practically every movie that comes out (I'm exaggerating, but not by much) and has been known to give exhausting recountings of the movies. I very rarely will go see a movie if I've read the book (Prince Caspian being an exception, given the huge time frame between book being read and movie being viewed)...I like to remember my books as I interpret them, not how Hollywood interprets them. I haven't seen any of the Harry Potter movies and I have no desire to see Kite Runner. I did see Cold Mountain, but that was because I hated the book so much I figured the movie had to be an improvement.
Another reason I'm picky about movies is I don't like to watch people make fools of themselves. Case in point, The 40 Year Old Virgin. And American Gigolo. The only reason I've seen these movies is because they show up on tv entirely too often and Hamburger has doubtful taste in movies. I find them ridiculous and embarrassing and there's no way in hell I'd pay 7-10 bucks to see them in a theater. Although I will pay to watch Viggo Mortensen bare his soul (and his butt) in Eastern Promises and A History of Violence. For some reason, I like dark movies rather than the so-called chick-flicks or comedies.
But I don't like dark books. I prefer my books to have a happy ending, although that doesn't always happen. I haven't quite been able to pin down my taste in books, actually, but I wouldn't rush out and buy ack, what's that book that was turned into a movie with Sean Penn where his friend was kidnapped as a child...aaargh...okay, I have to go visit Google. Ah yes...Mystic River. I never was interested in the book. But the movie... I loved the movie. As for books, as a general rule, I tend to gravitate toward female authors and current fiction, but not always the best sellers.
Okay, I'm not sure if I answered the question...this was a hard one. I think I babbled more than usual.