Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Sunday Salon - Of Reading Slumps and Super Heroes

The Sunday Salon.comWell, I think this is the first Sunday Salon I've done in awhile. All goes back to that whole slump thing. Which, by the way, I think I'm well on the way to kicking. My trip to the library was a thing of beauty...and the first book that I started, Looking for Alaska by John Green, is amazing! In fact, I will probably finish it this morning. YA books have always been right near the top of my list when I talk about favorite genres. I love a good "coming-of-age" type story. And this one totally fits the bill.


But besides all the books that I picked up from the library, I'll definitely be waiting for Barnes & Noble to open on Tuesday. Book 5 in the House of Night series by PC Cast and Kristin Cast is being released. Besides....I'm in the mood to buy a few books since I haven't splurged on anything since....well, the last House of Night book! I also need to pick up a copy of Colleen Gleason's last book in the Gardella Vampire Series. And maybe round out the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine. Nothing like a good round of vampire novels to break out of a horrible reading slump!!


Yesterday, we went to see The Watchmen. Since I'm utterly horrible at doing movie reviews, I'll save you the disappointment. I do, however, have a few things I'd like to say about it. First and foremost, I do think I should mention that I have NOT read the graphic novel. So I didn't have any expectations going into the theater. I'll be really curious to read a review written by a fan of the book. I'm sure our perspectives will be different.

I LOVED this movie! Seriously. I've also been a bit of a geek anyway. And super heroes are cool to me. (I do realize that I really should be addicted to graphic novels because of this. And let me tell you, I'm awaiting a couple from the library that might just throw me into fangirl status. I know I DEFINITELY need to read this one). This movie is dark, violent and extremely complex. I took Chad to see it, and I can tell a lot of the little nuances went right over his head. He was rather lost by the end. I wouldn't really recommend it for young kids anyway. Too dark, sexual and bloody. But for you big kids, it's a smart movie. It's not what I would consider a fun action/adventure. It is way too deep for that title. I was captivated from the opening scene.

And the music.....what a weird mish-mash of music that totally worked!! From My Chemical Romance to Bob Dylan; from Nena to Simon and Garfunkel - some really awesome tunes! Music is one of those things that can make or break a movie for me, and it really worked in The Watchmen.

Finally, I just have a little bit to say about Jackie Earle Haley who plays Rorschach. I remember seeing him in the Bad News Bears (the original) oh, so many years ago. I never thought that skinny kid would ever amount to much as an actor. But I've seen the error of that thinking. He was phenomenal in the movie Little Children, where he played the role of a pedophile. Even without reading the book, you know within 10 minutes of the movie how pivotal a role Rorschach is. And Haley was Freakin' Fantastic!! He doesn't seem to be an imposing type guy. But man...he is. It looks like he bulked up a lot to play this role....and he was great!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts....if you've seen the movie, or if you are just a fan of the book! That's all for now....Happy Reading and Happy Sunday!!

11 comments:

Scrap girl said...

I love YA books. I wonder if it is because they were not around when I was that age, so now I am reliving my youth!

Debi said...

So, you liked the movie? ;)

Glad to hear you're making your way out of your reading slump! Isn't Looking for Alaska just incredible?!!

samantha.1020 said...

I'm happy to hear that you are breaking out of your reading slump! I just checked out Looking For Alaska from the library as well and am so excited to read it as I've been hearing about this author all over the blogsphere.

Literary Feline said...

I am glad your slump is ending, Stephanie! I hope to see Watchmen later this month. I'm right now reading the graphic novel. I might have pushed finishing the graphic novel sooner so we could see the movie today, but I'm still sniffling and coughing--not good for movie going.

I hope you have a great week.

Bookfool said...

John Green is awesome. I loved Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. I have Paper Towns on my pile. He's definitely a slump-kicker. :)

Kim L said...

Great movie, wasn't it? I read the graphic novel, and I thought it translated really well onscreen.

Ladytink_534 said...

I haven't seen Watchmen yet as I'd like to read the graphic novel first but it does look neat.

S. Krishna said...

I'm glad you enjoyed Watchmen! I read the graphic novel and am looking forward to seeing the movie.

Trish said...

There were a few scenes were I had to close my eyes--yes, seriously (prison scene and the kidnapper retribution scene) even though they played out frame by frame exactly like the book. Other than that I thought the movie was great--and the music was fantastic! I think you'll definitely love this book when you get around to it.

Susan said...

I'm reading the book right now, so I'm waiting to go see the movie when I'm done. My son really enjoyed the movie and is now in line for the book! lol thanks for your review, it's really good (no matter what you think...)!

Carl V. said...

I'm going to try to get my many day overdue review done today. I read the graphic novel in December and thought the film was fantastic. I really would recommend you read the graphic novel at some point, to see how closely the film followed it and to fill in all the back story the film couldn't get to other than by little nods here and there. It is definitely worth a read.