my sister in law highly recommended ‘gone with the wind’. she promised it would bring me to tears and leave me with the feeling that i’ve achieved a whole new level in enlightenment. having never seen the movie and only partially reading the book (i started it way back when, but to my 15 year old mind it seemed like too many pages, you have to admit it IS a God awfully thick book) i was ready with my box of kleenex and bananas (i know it seems like a weird snack to watch a movie with but it was the only thing that came in handy) and the movie was too long and really boring, and for a movie that has a penchant for killing people off i didn’t cry once, and i’m the sort who cries at cartoons! i did rather like rhett butler’s character but scarlett just pissed me off… anyway, the point is there are certain classics: books, movies, songs, which if you haven’t read, seen or heard it’s like you’ve comitted blasphemy and the fact is when you actually read them they aren’t all that great. they’re good but not all that they’re cracked up to be. for example ‘20,000 leagues under the sea’, why is everyone up in arms about how awesome it is? it’s not bad but not the literary equivalent of something like, say… the ‘LOTR’ triology, which in my opinion is one of the few books that lives up to it’s reputation. so books like ‘tender is the night’, ‘gone with the wind’, ‘gulliver’s travels’ etc. or movies like the aforementioned, bonnie and clyde, come spetember, and songs like…okay i admit, classic songs are usually made of awesome, probably because i love classic music from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s… so, anyway, that’s my thought of the day ‘don’t build things up, instead play them down a little and no one will ever be disappointed, everyone will always be pleasantly surprised’ and those are my golden words for the day.
neil, i still miss you