Culture and Entertainment,  Reading

What I Read and Watched: October 2019

I’m rather burned out and unmotivated. I barely read, watched a few Hallmarks (not really in the mood for many of these this year thankfully, but really read for old favorites for Christmas).

Books

The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman. Uninspiring kids’ book.

The Queen’s Secret by Jessica Day George. A middle-grade book that as I was reading caused me to feel like I picked up a middle book . . . I had. I’m interested to a least skim the next whenever it comes out, but not really super inspired to read the first one though.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Middle-grade, okay, reminded me of the much more interesting How to Steal a Million.

Movies

Clueless. So, way raunchier than I was expecting (I guess I didn’t realize it was 90’s or think much further about that). I could have done without that. All the 90’s Valley Girl talk was hilarious though, at least I assume that is what some of it was anyway. Everyone’s accent sounded Northeastern though. The driving part is funny. Cher is funny. Cher’s friend’s boyfriend who is trying to be all ganster but has braces, that was a hilarious. The “Mr. Martin” and “Harriet” are adorbs. I generally find the modern version cuter, apparently since I loved Martin and Harriet in Emma Approved, better even than Knightley and Emma.

I wanted to like it, but between skipping because of the scratches on the dvd and my boredom, my trying to do a million things at the same time and finish the movie before family and guests got home from church (Sunday, what a great day to watch a movie like this . . .) and the changes in the plot and far too fast plot, I was disappointed. I will try it again, but yeah. Not near as much “Mr. Knightley” as there was in the book, plus making “Frank” gay completely changed the plot. In Emma, Mr. Knightley is jealous of Frank before anyone meet him, Emma is building him up as the perfect man, there is tons of flirtation, and he generally is the cause of Mr. Knightley realizing he loves Emma, going away to try to get over it, the ultimate avowal of love etc. Yeah, that falls terrible flat in the movie. The “Mr. Elton” guy has more of a point than the “Frank” while I think that Frank holds a slightly bigger role in the book. All that contributed to the flat, rushed ending.

 

4 Comments

    • Livia Rose

      I really wonder what the rules are on similar titles or if there are any, like what is considered “copying”? Like no two books with the same title at same publisher, no two in the same genre? It’s also can be a little frustrating with a zillion books with the same title on Goodreads.

      • Davida Chazan

        I don’t think there ARE rules about titles of books, Mind you, I’m sure that no publisher today would allow someone to publish a new novel and call it Wuthering Heights, for example.

        • Livia Rose

          Yeah, that would be awful if people were allowed to use famous books’ titles, although they do sponge of their influences with stories, like the Mr. Darcy’s Diary and co. books. When an author is talented that is fine to put a genuinely unique spin, most of these people wouldn’t be noticed otherwise.

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