Thursday, April 8, 2010

Workin' hard, or hardly *facepunch*

I went to the Central Michigan International Film festival a couple of weeks ago, and saw the not-so-feel-good movie of the year, Precious. It was good, but the book was better--which is the case 99% of the time with every book-to-movie situation. But to be fair, this was a pretty good adaptation, as opposed to films like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The other film I watched was a movie called Film Geek.



The uber-nerd main character Scotty Palk is so painfully into movies that he literally cannot talk about ANYTHING else. He gets asked who his favorite musicians are, and his response only includes film composers. Scotty explains his love of movies by stating "I love movies more than anything. Movies let you be other people." Call me cruel, but I have no sympathy for someone that is so socially inept that they cannot talk about anything besides that one singular topic, whether it be movies, music, Pokemon, meteorology, stamp collecting, or whatever. Don't get me wrong, I love movies--but this is unhealthy. Scotty's story is made out to be somewhat of a Cinderella story, but even Cinderella could talk about more than mopping and cooking. There were some funny parts, but I couldn't sympathize with the main character to the extent the filmmakers wanted me to.

I started a new book yesterday called I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali. From Amazon.com:

"Chosen by Glamour magazine as a Woman of the Year in 2008, Nujood of Yemen has become an international hero for her astonishingly brave resistance to child marriage. Sold off by her impoverished family at the age of 10, continually raped by her husband before she even reached puberty, Nujood found the courage to run away, and with the help of an activist lawyer, sympathetic judges, and the international press, she divorced her husband and returned home. Her clear, first-person narrative, translated from the French and written with Minoui, is spellbinding: the horror of her parents’ betrayal and her mother-in-law’s connivance, the “grown-ups” who send the child from classroom and toys to nightmare abuse. She never denies the poverty that drives her parents and oppresses her brothers, even as she reveals their cruelty. Unlike her passive mother, she is an activist, thrilled to return to school, determined to save others, including her little sister. True to the child’s viewpoint, the “grown-up” cruelty is devastating. Readers will find it incredible that such unbelievable abuse and such courageous resistance are happening now." --Hazel Rochman

So far it is prety amazing--the girl walks into a courthouse, finds a judge, and says "I want a divorce!" I'm only 40 pages in, but it is already very good. This young girl's courage to stand up for herself in a culture where women are looked down upon if they fight for themselves or dare to thing they are worthy of being treated like humans is inspiring. I'll keep you readers (all 3.5 of you) on my thoughts.

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