Yep, I did it again. I made promises that I didn’t keep. Is anyone really surprised by this? Yeah, didn’t think so. 🙂 My only excuse this time is, I’m pregnant and my brain is completely absent right now. If you’ve ever been pregnant then you’ll get what I’m saying. If not, the best way I can describe it is it’s like trying to make your brain work after you’ve had no sleep and before you’ve had your daily caffeine fix.
Anyway, I had two book reviews lined up for this last month and I still want to post them, but they’ll be the quickie versions. So first: The Help 5 Stars
I read the book and then saw the movie, both were awesome. I’m sure part of the reason I loved it so much is because I’m from the South and reading this felt like being home just because of the language. But beyond that I loved the story and the message behind it. It’s really about sisterhood and the bonds that can transcend social and political norms. It was a wonderful read. And the movie was awesome too. I spoke with a very think Southern accent for two days after watching that movie. 🙂
And next: The Princess Bride 2 Stars
I grew up watching and loving the movie, but this was the first time I read the book. Overall, movie was better than book. I know, sounds like blasphemy, but it’s true. So, what bugged me about the book is that Goldman writes and acts like his novel is an abridgment of a much longer and much drier work that his father read to him as a child. But then as an adult he actually read the thing and realized that his dad just read him the “good stuff” (a.k.a. the movie version); so he takes it upon him self to write this good version that he remembers as a child. Great story right? Well, considering that I believe more than 50% of the words in that book are about the abridgment process and how terribly boring the original version was, I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.
The only saving grace to this is that Goldman did write the screenplay for the movie, and in that he did a very good job. So, if you’ve seen the movie already, I suggest you keep your expectations low if you’re going to read the book. If you’ve never seen the movie I suggest you crawl out from under that rock you’re living in and watch it.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. I must now return to nursing this cold and trying to feel like a human being.
Thanks for reading and Happy Wednesday!