Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


A first for me

I experienced a first on Saturday - I went to see a movie. Ok, that wasn't the first. What was unique - this was the first time I've ever seen a movie that I liked more than the book.
I know, I know. Sacrilege. I've never experienced it before. I went to see Inkheart and fell in love with the movie. It was SOOOOOO much better than the book.

Now, don't get me wrong. I liked the book okay. The story was pretty good. I liked the characters and felt a bit invested in them. What I didn't like about the book was that it was way too long. As a writer myself, what the book was lacking was a good editor. A good editor could have made Inkheart a fabulous book instead of a mediocre book. Honestly, I bought the book and it was the only reason I finished it. Had I checked it out from the library, I would have turned it back in. It was such a slow start and then it just dragged and dragged and dragged some more. A tip for the author - more is not always better.

What I really liked about the movie was that instead of wasting 200 pages building and building and building the back story, it jumped right in and let you build it quickly. And, I didn't feel the audience was left lacking anything of value by making things more concise.

We took my parents and the two younger kids and we all enjoyed the movie immensely. The story moved quickly and kept us all engaged. I had tears in my eyes a few times because I enjoyed the movie so much and was so happy that the screenwriter created the movie in the way that I had envisioned it could have been done in the book.

Two thumbs up for a family movie. Oh yeah, and Brendan Fraser. *purring* Only downfall? He was never shirtless. However, Dustfinger and Farid *hubba hubba* were much better looking in the movie than I featured those characters in the book. Lots of eye candy for the moms who want to see the show.


  • At 9:35 AM, May 16, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Inkheart is my favorite book. Had the book been any shorter the story couldn't have been properly told. EVER THINK OF THAT?

  • At 5:02 PM, May 16, 2009, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Two things Anon- first off, may I ask how old you are? I'm assuming you're under 18. Nothing wrong with that, but you should develop more sophisticated taste as you mature.

    Secondly, you're entitled to that opinion. I felt like the story could have been told in a more concise fashion. That is actually a sign of a good writer - to know when to stop.


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