As a follow-up to my last post, I begged Chris to download Horns, which became available on iTunes on Halloween. He did, and we watched it, and it was meh. I think it’s always hard to adapt a book with well-described imagery into live-action. Some screenwriters and directors can pull it off, but more often than not it just feels cheesy and melodramatic. This has been my issue with a lot of Stephen King adaptations, and it was my issue with this movie as well. I also don’t really understand some of the liberties taken with the screenplay. The screenwriter/director/powers-that-be added or changed events in ways that didn’t contribute to the story or make sense with the pace or flow of the film. I can say most of the casting choices were good, and I suppose the actors made the most of the script they had, but the whole thing just didn’t really work for me. It’s a shame because the book is so much fun. Oh, well. Moving on.
Now that I’ve finished work travel for a little while, I’ve picked back up with Heart-Shaped Box. The ghost stuff is on temporary hiatus while a little back-story is being introduced, so it’s a good time for me to ease back in. It’s just as good as it was when I forced myself to put it down, so I’m looking forward to spending some time with my nose in between pages on our long flight to Vegas this evening. (Side note: Vegas! We decided to take a long weekend for our anniversary and make use of the complimentary rooms we’ve built up from previous stays and have to claim by the end of the year. Whenever Chris and I have texted back and forth this week about the trip, my phone autocorrects to VEGAS. It knows.)
The day after we return from VEGAS, I’m going to see Stephen King IN THE FLESH. I fully expect it to be one of the greatest moments of my life.