Monday, April 14, 2008

Lifetime, how could you?

How could you take a perfectly good book - nay, a great book, and butcher it so completely?

When I heard you'd made a movie of The Memory Keeper's Daughter, I was so excited! I ran into my office and told Cathy, who was listening to the book on CD at the same time I was reading it. We finished about the same time, and she was excited too.

I recorded it Saturday night, but waited an extra two days - two days - to make sure I had ample time to watch it uninterrupted.

Man, I don't know if Cathy saw your movie, but I bet if she did, she's as disappointed as I am.

Shame on you! I understand having to condense things - I did sit through all three installments of The Lord of the Rings - but really, you just started making stuff up there after a while.

And - and! Leaving out some very pivitol plot points to boot.

The ending? You took it from a bittersweet moment to a full-on sapfest.

Oh, Lifetime. I expect so much more from a group of folks who loves The Golden Girls nearly as much as I do.

I hope you've learned your lesson this time. Don't let me catch you doing this again.


wendster said...

Don't you just hate that when a movie maker ruins a perfectly good book?

Our imaginations are just ... superlative to that of movie makers!

We should make the movies. You and your superlative literary skills ... me and my mad photoshop skills.

What a team.

Paige said...

Hmmm. I've got that one recorded and haven't watched it yet. Should I even bother?

wendster said...

How quickly I get withdrawals from your blog when you don't have a new post for me .... sigh.

Can't wait to hear how fabulous weigh in day went today. It's on Wednesdays, yes?

wendster said...


hi!!! :)

have a great day!

Steff said...

Wait wait...I watched this movie. I have not read the book, but I thought the ending to the movie could have been a little more. Email me and tell me what happened in the book...

Melissa said...

Wendy - you crack me up!

I think, Paige, that you could hazard to watch the movie - if you can keep your disgust in check. Just to see how they did (I know it'd be driving me crazy!)

Steff, I emailed you!