Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The book was better………

How many times have you watched a movie based on a book you read and said the above?

Why does Hollywood take an incredible story, (they obviously thought it was incredible or they wouldn’t have TRIED to make a movie out of it), and mess it up?

This is the second time Roger and I have watched movies based on books we have read, and been disappointed by the way the movie industry dissected it to be what they wanted it to be.

When they have to do that I am thinking they are better off just leaving it alone rather than ruin the story.

The two movies I’m referring to are the The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz made into the movie The Way Back and The Belski Brothers by Peter Duffy, made into the movie Defiance.

Both of these books were written about events that took place during WWII. They are excellent stories of resilience and courage, sacrifice and strength. But if you have read the books you realize they came up light in those attributes when you watch the film.

When I have read a book where the author is recording history and the movie industry puts sex where there was none, and violence where there was none, and changes the story to represent what THEY want it to be I’m saddened……because as Roger said. “It was a good story. Why didn’t they just tell it the way it was? Why mess with it? They must have thought it was a good story too and should be told, so why did they change it?”

Are endurance, strength, sacrifice for the sake of others such boring concepts to hold people’s attention that they feel they have to put a sex scene, pornography, violence, and foul language in where the author, even if it was present, or happened, didn’t deem it necessary to mention it in the book?

I guess the thing that bothers me is that we are such a visual society, that more people will see the movie than read the book. The story will be told wrong, and the author and the events of his life or their lives misrepresented to the world. If I had done the things that the Belski Brothers or Slavomir Rawicz had done, I would be saddened by the “liberty” that had been taken with the facts.

Like I said, the book is better…….

Monday, April 18, 2011

Focal Points

I had forgotten to give Thanks.

Life is speeding up and I’m losing sight in the blur of time to “see” what I am thankful for.

The faster Sam moves, the faster time speeds by, and I’m losing my focus—it’s easy to do….

I’ve been here before, the haste and hurry of days as children grow and begin to motor toward life, faster and faster till in the spinning it all begins to blur. But I’ve learned some lessons about finding a focal point, keeping your eye on it, and you won’t have such a hard time seeing..

So as he sleeps, and I hear his steady breathing in the monitor after he hummed and cooed himself to sleep, I am sitting here giving thanks for:

--That little sing-song voice I hear in the monitor that slowly fades into rhythmic steady breathing.

--The beautiful spring day with the Lilies of the Valley’s just on the verge of blooming.

--Clean warm laundry fresh from the dryer.

--Remembrances of the Palm Sunday when I was baptized at 12 years of age and understanding when the pastor placed his wet hand on my head and told me that Jesus had washed away my sins.

--Easter is coming


--The mowing is done…….for another week.

--It’s time to start planting flowers and getting the deck ready for sitting out and lolling away warm spring days and hot summer evenings with a tall glass of iced tea.

--The sounds of the mockingbird……yes he is back and chattering up a storm.

--A bluebird that comes and sits on the pillar not 5 feet from my kitchen window, so close the blue of his feathers shine iridescent in the sun—he is beautiful.

I’ve prayed for God to give me eyes to see—really see—the things of value of importance, that will “make the heart glad”, and he me sight, because He is my focal point.

What is yours?