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Movies are usually happier than books

In case you all were worried about the fate of the fast-walking couple that I usually see ahead of me on the walk to work, WORRY NO LONGER. I hadn't seen them in a few months, and I started worrying either they moved, one of them switched jobs, or the unthinkable happened and fate had torn them asunder. But NO. I took one of two routes this morning and ended up at our meetup point a bit earlier than normal and THERE they were, bundled up in winter clothes, but him with his Toby Stephens-handsome face and her with her hunching-forward-a-bit walk.

And yeah, I slowed down when we approached the corner where they say goodbye because I wanted to see if they'd still kiss in 1 degree weather. AND THEY DID. They better invite me to their wedding. If they're not already married. Because I am the biggest fan of their relationship.

My roommate and I saw Silver Linings Playbook yesterday, which was like a day after I finished the book. Which is usually not advisable, because then you're like "FALSE, because on page 143, he says he went to the grocery store and not 'the pet store.' WHY WOULD YOU CHANGE THAT?"

So. I get why people would maybe not be into the book if reading it after seeing the movie (lookin' at you, Alley). Because the movie makes the story a lot more palatable. Main example: the dad in the book is a piece of shit. He sucks. The dad in the movie is an ADORABLY ENDEARING Robert De Niro who isn't emotionally and physically distanced from his son. When he hugged him in their first scene, I was like "Wait -- what?" And then prepared myself to watch something different from what I'd read.

There's also something that's a big reveal in the book that they tell you in the first like 20 minutes of the movie. The focus seems to be on him and Tiffany, and towards the end it felt distinctively romcom-ish. Which is FINE, because I am all over those movies, but it's...differenty. From what I was expecting.

So yeah. If you've already seen the movie, mayyybe don't read the book? A lot of the characters aren't as likable. It's like if you watch the 1940s Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, and Cathy's brother is a DICK and takes Heathcliff's horse, and you're like "What an asshole. I certainly do feel sorry for this Heathcliff character," but then in the book you're like "WAIT HERE HEATHCLIFF TAKES THE HORSE. HE'S THE ASSHOLE."

Hollywood: Makin' Your Book More Palatable.


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