I’m in the middle of tracking down an article deep in the belly of my Facebook feed, when I see the announcement:
A few have asked -so yes, The Book Thief started filming yesterday in Berlin.All best to Brian Percival & whole cast&crew. Make it yours. mz
— Markus Zusak (@Markus_Zusak) February 25, 2013
All adult responsibilities are forgotten, including the article I was so intent on finding. The Book Thief – a MOVIE? Inside my head, my inner-geek/nerd/fangirl is jumping on the bed squealing and throwing confetti, until a well-aimed pillow knocks her off balance. Ah, yep, there’s Wary Skepticism sitting patiently in the corner. We all know (from sad, bitter experience) that there is no guarantee that a good book will be made into a decent movie, let alone a brilliant, true-to-the-story-and-characters-exactly-as-I-saw-them-in-my-head kind of movie.
Books and movies are almost a screening tool for my friendships. My excitement at finding a kindred spirit who loves the same book, series, singer or movie brings a happy shimmy to my conversation and mood, as well as a magic sparkle to the relationship. At times I feel like a superhero, pushing a specific something into some poor soul’s hands who has never read a particular book (cases in point: The Book Thief, Old Man’s War, A Town Like Alice) or watched a series (Firefly, Doctor Who, Friday Night Lights) or movie (Departures, Stranger Than Fiction, Monsoon Wedding) that the conversation suggests they’d like/need/adore.The connection made over a character’s choices (deciding to get food to the prisoners), or actions (the brief holding of the hand in Pride and Prejudice) or words (“I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar!”) has – in so many situations, locations and volumes – caused arguments, hot flushes and tears, just for starters. One of my favourite, enthralling things to do is peruse other people’s bookshelves and DVD collections, to get a better idea of who they really are, and what conversations to avoid (Twilight) and instigate (the well-thumbed and dog eared titles).
I hope “To Kill A Mockingbird” will never be remade. I hope someone will be happy to be a superhero, and push something important to read/watch/think about into my hands and head. I hope that The Book Thief is made into a beautiful, stunning, tragic movie, and I can watch it with someone who hopes it just as much as I do, so we can talk/gush/argue about it afterwards.
What book/movie/series do you love to recommend to people? Any book you hope is never made into a movie? Which movie are you looking forward to seeing, or book to be reading? What makes you jump up and down and throw stuff around inside your head?