My friend Heather is a smart, lovable lady who doesn’t watch a lot of movies. Ask her if she’s seen something and the answer is probably no.
A month ago, however, she messages me and tells me I need to watch the show Twin Peaks, a cult drama I had never seen. She described it as a small town murder mystery. Ok, sure, I wanna know what happened to Laura Palmer, the dead girl. I’ll watch.
So I reserve what ends up being a season one and two box set from the library, and I message Heather when it comes in so we can have a social media shared viewing party.
Only I never hear back from her.
I message her via text, I try Facebook messenger, and I tweet at her. But if Heather is bad at having seen movies everyone else on the planet has seen, she is terrible at checking social media. Like working for the CDC is so hard, Heather? Check your messages! I have questions about this melodramatic tv show you made me watch!
So I watched all of season one and over half of season two without her. In a state of growing irritation.
I hate this show. Now all I have are questions.
I finally heard back from Heather. Her phone died and it took days to get a new one. This loss would unhinge a social media person like myself, but Heather just went on living her life, working by day, eating pizza rolls like a boss at night, probably sketching something amazing because she is a talented artist too.
So by the time I heard back from her, I had my own melodramatic show to air. I wanted to know why she made me watch this ridiculous show.
Here are the screenshots of our text conversation in which I tell Heather she is a terrible human being for making me watch Twin Peaks.
*Warning: if you haven’t seen the show, there are spoilers ahead.
This song is three minutes of teenage torture. Get your shit together, Donna! This is not a healthy relationship!
And now I find out the show is being revived and airing on Showtime! People are eating pie and dream dancing all about it on Twitter.
Also Heather has stopped replying to my texts once again. I think the owls got her.
Your turn. What do YOU think of Twin Peaks?
To read the book first? Or see the movie? That is the question.
I find myself questioning my once sound logic. You see, I have always, ALWAYS, been a “see the movie” first kind of gal.
Hey! Stop running out of here, you bookworms! Let me explain!
I am a voracious reader too, and I love a good adaptation like the rest of you.
But if you really want to enjoy them BOTH – the book and the movie – then you’ve got to see the movie first.
When you see the movie first, you are entertained, you enjoy the story, the cinematography, the effects, the ambiance. You have no preconceived notions of how a character looks or acts. You don’t know the order of events that will unfold. It is all new. Ergo, it’s exciting.
Yah, so if I’ve seen the movie, why should I care about the book, Smartypants? Huh?
Because often the movie IS different from the book! So reading the book, is like reading a new story. You may know the basic plot, but characters could surprise you, new faces may appear, added information becomes available! Therefore, it’s still exciting!
From my extensive research, this has proved to be true:
Saw the movie first, also loved the book:
- The Cider House Rules – Movie / Book
- The Joy Luck Club – Movie / Book
- The DaVinci Code – Movie / Book
- Memoirs of a Geisha – Movie / Book
- Water for Elephants – Movie / Book
- The Help – Movie / Book
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Movie / Book
Read the book first, hated the movie:
Where my conundrum occurs is the TV and graphic novel series The Walking Dead. Which is the right path?
The Show! No, start with the comic! But the show… Gah!!!
I’ve tuned in for all 3 seasons of The Walking Dead now, and just finished reading Book One in the graphic novel series.
You know what?
I’M GETTING ANGRY AT THE BOOK!
Characters I love on the show aren’t in the book for very long. Romances that never happened on TV are consummated in black and white!
What the hell?! Now what am I supposed to believe?
Only that you are wrong.
I think I have to make an addendum to the rule.
Rule Addition When Dealing with Television Series: The person or persons may start the series by viewing the television version first, but may not proceed to a second season of said series until they have read the written work of the original, thereby not forming too strong of a relationship with TV created characters so as to be disappointed in the written ones.
What do you think?
Do you see the movie first? Read the book? Does it make a difference?
I’ve had fun reading others’ posts about their favorite things themed around one letter. Marcia Richards shared the letter ‘L’, Kathy Owen shared ‘R’, Myndi Shafer picked ‘B’, and I’ve been assigned the letter ‘S.’ Many more of you shared your favorite letter lists, so feel free to put your links in the comments so I can check em out! Or if you want to play along, let me know, and I’ll give you a letter!
My Favorite Things That Start with ‘S’:
1. Sense and Sensibility
I love all Jane Austen. But this one starts with S. Demure and responsible Elinor. Spirited and whimsical Marianne. Edward, Colonel Brandon, and Willoughby! Need I really say more?
Remember this game? It’s one of my favorites, yes, more than Scrabble. Scattegories is a game with a dice that has every letter of the alphabet on it. The dice is rolled and that’s the letter for the round, which is timed. Each player has a list of categories they must create an answer for with that letter. If another player has that same answer, both are disqualified, so it’s best if you come up with creative answers. LOVE THIS GAME!
When I was in high school I participated in Forensics, which is actually more like performance or debate than the CSI shows everyone thinks of now. My category was storytelling. We had rules like you couldn’t get out of the chair you sat in at the front of the room, but other than that, you picked your stories. We had to have 5 in our repetoire and the judge picked the one they wanted to hear based on the title. Some of you who met me at DFW Con learned I’m pretty good at voices! I can do a mean kid with a cold, an Irish king, and at one time I was good at doing Medusa!
4. Scavenger Hunts
One of my favorite things to do with kids I babysat for back in the day. Let them create themed scavenger hunts, write out clues, plant surprises along the way, booby traps, you name it! I’ve helped create a lot of Harry Potter scavenger hunts, and Pokemon, and Pogs, and Beanie Babies… Everyone was awesome.
5. Science Fiction
I am a bit of a sci fi nerd. I like Star Wars. I dig Futurama. And I am engrossed by late night marathons of the Syfy channel’s Face Off. Make up artists competing to create the best monster or creature look? Heck yah! And I LOVE, Luh-Huhv the cult hit classics that are Mystery Science Theater 3000. The worst of the worst films out there, being re-dubbed by robots and humans trapped in a spaceship!!! *Squee!*
6. South Korea
This past April I traveled to South Korea to visit a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. The people, the city, and oh the food! I was craving bulgogi the other day! It was quite the experience for me, bumming around a foreign country where little english was spoken during the day and then trying a plethora of drinks at the Korean hofs (bars)! Makali might be my fave – it’s a sweet drink, made of rice. But soju is good too, and helps cut the spice. If you are a beer drinker and you might want to learn the phrase, “Maekju hanna juseyo,” which means “please bring me a beer.” 😉
Sleep is a very precious thing to me. As a bit of an insomniac, I appreciate sleep. I love nights when I dream, even if it makes no sense. The other night I dreamed all my teeth fell out! Should I worry?
8. Serena Ryder
My favorite female artist right now is Serena Ryder from Canada. Her voice is powerful, gritty, and full of rock. I love all her songs! You must check her out. “What I Want to Know” is my favorite song, but “Little Bit of Red” and “Stumbling Over You” are great too!
9. Strangers With Candy
Ok, this show, which lasted for three seasons on comedy central, is sooo not politically correct, but that’s why I love it! Starring writing and acting talents Amy Sedaris (sister to David, the writer), Paul Dinello, and host of the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert, Strangers With Candy is the chronicle of Jerri Blank (Sedaris). Jerri is a 40-something returned to high school, picking up her life where she left off. She’s still boy crazy, and wants to be a popular girl, but somehow always does the wrong thing for all the wrong reasons…yes, yes I said that right. It’s hilarious. Don’t judge till you see it.
10. Series and Sagas
I admit it. I’m addicted to series and sagas. Books, movies, and television. Especially television. Why else would I stay up until 3 am watching The Game of Thrones season 1? And I’m eagerly awaiting the new seasons of Damages, Vampire Diaries, and Dexter. Such gluttony feels good!
What are your favorite things that start with the letter ‘S’?