After years and years of avoiding it, I finally broke down today and watched Gone with the Wind. I had a friend in high school who was obsessed with this movie. To the point that her senior prom dress had hoop skirts. And it just put my off wanting to ever see the movie or read the book. Then I picked the book for one of my book clubs at work. And, even though we spread it out over two months, I sitll managed not to read more than two pages.
However, the follow up book for this book club, and the reason for choosing Gone with the Wind, is The Wind Done Gone, the "unofficial parody." I've been breezing through it, but realized that I was probably missing a lot. So, this afternoon, Turner Classic Movies was doing an Oscar winner thing and I decided to break down and watch it. Of course, I didn't turn it on until about 45 minutes into the movie, so I was lost on lots of stuff. Like, what is the actual relationship between Scarlett and Melanie? And who was the father of Melanie's son (or did I misunderstand her dying declaration)?
The movie wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I wasn't overly impressed. But, it was a pleasant way to pass the afternoon.
I did start to take a break from The Wind Done Gone to read Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Very, very creepy, in the best way. I've actually had to stop reading it before bed, because it was getting me too wound up. Then, Geek Boy mentioned he thought he had read that Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's son. That was news to me, although it is (according to one site I read) the worst kept secret in publishing. But I am loving this book!
Next up on the bookshelf...Swimming to Antarctica by Lynn Cox. Selection for yet another book club. I read Grayson back over the summer and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to this one.