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Jazzy Does 100 Days of Happiness 79

Happiness is dinner and a movie.  On the couch, with warmed up leftovers and Netflix on the I-Pad.  I'm a pretty cheap date.
Happiness is dinner and a movie. On the couch, with warmed up leftovers and Netflix on the I-Pad. I’m a pretty cheap date.

The Mysterious Shifts of the Reading Mood

MidnightsChildrenMidnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

This is the book I’ve been slogging through for days and days and no matter how hard I try to get into it, I end up feeling like I’m going nowhere.  Today I’m giving up.  Maybe temporarily, maybe forever.  This is perhaps not the best choice of a book to be reading right before Christmas when my mind is on a bazillion other things.  Because Midnight’s Children deserves determination and a concentrating mind.

I am appreciating it, but I am not enjoying it. Maybe in January when all the hoopla is over and we’re snowed in up to our eyeballs I’ll be able to give it another go.

Or maybe I’ll just wimp out altogether and go see the movie.

And now I will admit to all the serious readers out there what I’m perusing instead, so everyone will know what kind of warped priorities I have.dulcie o'neil set

The Dulcie O’Neil Set, Books 1, 2 and 3:  To Kill a Warlock, A Tale of Two Goblins, and Great Hexpectations by H.P. Mallory.  Altogether much easier on the brain cells.  Warlocks, shape shifters, law enforcement fairies, demons, vampires – and who knows what else – solving (and committing) crimes and trying to stay out of the dreaded Netherworld.

I don’t pretend to fully understand what’s going on, but in this series I don’t think it really matters.

I just want to put my feet up, read a few pages in a leisurely manner like I’ve got all the time in the world and fall asleep without a headache.  And know that Dulcie will be back tomorrow to fight some other dark magic criminal and win in the end.

Loving what I’m reading seems to depend less on how great the book is and more on my fickle reading moods. Right now I’m not in the mood for deep thoughts. Unless they involve sweet potatoes and poultry seasoning.

Happy 12/12/12 everybody!

We Saw the Hunger Games Movie!

And yes, we are still pumped and talking about that!  The movie opened here on Friday but we weren’t brave enough to try to get in to see it until yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.  Turned out to be perfect timing – one show was just sold out and starting and we were twenty minutes from the next one with no crowds to contend with, at the ticket counter or at the concession stand!  When we came out two and a half hours later the place was jam packed with a line up waiting to get into the theatre we were leaving.  There have been shows every twenty to thirty minutes every day since it started.

What an excellent movie!  It’s been a long time since I read the books and I know how difficult it is to develop a lot of characters in such a short time, but they did an admirable job with the main ones.  Of course there’s stuff missing, and a few changes, but all added up it’s a laudible interpretation of book one of the trilogy.

The casting for Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth) was brilliant.  There was no disappointment for me from book to screen.  And Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy – priceless.  I’m not as sold on President Snow being played by Donald Sutherland because he just doesn’t come across as evil enough  for me.  Perhaps he’ll get more diabolical as the series progresses.  Which means I’m hoping for sequels.

This is what the movie making people have to contend with as far as characters go:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Hunger_Games_characters

What a daunting task.  I’m glad I read the books first, but it’s a great movie on it’s own.  We were a little concerned that there would be way too much violence (blood and guts and explosions and death scenes), but all kidding aside, the previews for the movies coming up were more horrific than the main feature.  I asked Kenzie to sum it up for me in one sentence and she said “It was awesome.”

I’m just going to agree with that.