Tuesday, January 9

Of books, movie tie-ins and such....

I have started on my new book, Children of Men. I’ve always wanted to read this book, but never got to it, and now I’m desperately trying to finish it. Why? Coz it’s been made into a movie. And you know how I feel about watching a movie before reading the book. It’s like never done. Except in some cases when I didn’t know the movie was based on a book (like The Prestige). Or if the movie itself is not a big blockbuster-ish touted-to-be-movie-of-the-year kind (like Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, which was made into Christmas With The Kranks).

And then now with this particular movie, I just have to finish the book first. Are you kidding? With all the hoopla that’s been going round, I’m lucky that I still haven’t crumbled under the sheer pressure of it and bring the book to work and read a few pages now and then. And I’m frantically trying my best to not look at any trailers or movie related sites. That’s quite a feat, considering my fast internet connection at work, what with us being ‘multimedia’ and all.

And to top it off, my bro-in-law has a copy of the DVD, and he’s seen the movie, and he’s saying it’s a great movie (and no, he didn’t know it’s from a book). Ask me no questions about the existence of this DVD, and I’ll tell you no lies. Suffice to know that it has some Russian written on it.

Anyway, back to my story, I’m setting aside all my nights to read this book. No late night tv watching. Have to sacrifice a bit. I really need to finish this before being bombarded with all the trailers and what-nots on tv or on the net. So far I’ve managed to keep out all images (except for Clive Owen and Julianne Moore) so that they don’t distract me in my reading. I don’t want to know what the characters look like or how the setting is or the environment of the whole movie lest it screws up with my own mental image of the story. So far (well, up to chapter 9 anyway) the story is really riveting. I just need some quiet time to read and hopefully I’ll get to finish it by this week. Hurray!

Oh I just want to mention this. I haven’t blogged in quite a bit. Been meaning to do so, since it’s the New Year and all. Wanted to do like a countdown thingy but didn’t have enough time. Will promise to do better this year. And with pictures too, courtesy of my brother. He’s being a kind lad and let me borrow (indefinitely?) his Sony Ericsson walkman phone, so I’ve snapped quite a bit. Now I just have to figure out how to transfer those pics to my blog.

So watch out for the upcoming entries in technicolour! Heh heh….


Josette said...

Good luck and may you finish your book before watching the movie! =D I would rather watch the movie first, then only read the book. Because if I read the book first, I will have high expectations of the movie. Like Harry Potter. I felt so disappointed that not everything in the book was shown in the movie. But for Memoirs of a Geisha, I watched the movie first. Then only I enjoyed reading the book.

mudslinger said...

josette: thanks! i hope i do too. i know what you mean about HP. and as for Memoirs of a Geisha, i think the movie was a bit different from the book.... thanks for stopping by!

Mrs-hope-to-be-in-D Rimba-soon said...


I accidentally got to this blog while googling for D Rimba KD. I bought an apartment there as well, not the front big house...

Nice to know a future neighbour :)

and oh boy, u love reading too!