I'm not proud of this ... but I feel I must be honest with you.
My #1 Life Rule is this : READ THE BOOK FIRST, watch the movie later.
First, no judging that my life rule is this boring. Second, I love that rules are made to be broken, and all that jazz ... however, I really try to not break this one. This time, I thought that I didn't want to read the book version of either of these movies. Now, I'm not so sure.
Read after the jump to see my rule breakers.
The First Rule Breaker Was
I didn't want to read this book because I never like books that "everyone" likes. I tried to read "The Tiger's Wife" earlier this year because "everyone" had told me I'd love it. I didn't finish it ... I made myself read 3/4 of it and I returned it to the library without ever looking back.
But this movie ... it was heart breaking and challenging and fantastic and I loved every second of it. I loved all of the characters, I felt the emotion, I connected ... if the book is always better than the movie, then this book must be brilliant! I actually can't wait t read it. Sigh, now I wish I hadn't watched the movie first.
Look at these women - don't you want to wear those costumes and live in their lives for a little while ... without the racial inequality.
The Second Rule Breaker Was
Eat, Pray, Love
I like Julia Roberts ... I like travel ... I love food ... I love God ... however, I didn't love this movie.
I had several people tell me it was fantastic, just as many tell me the book was a terribly long saga that was both depressing and boring. I'm sure I won't be reading the book, so I don't know if that is a fair assumption, but I do know the movie version was fairly dull and I don't understand Liz's character. How does one get to the point that they can't identify with their own life? I hope I never find out.
Things I did like about the movie ... most of Julia Robert's wardrobe (I'd love to look relaxed, but put together) and that she rode a bike with a giant basket all over. I want to ride a bike without getting hot and sweaty. How does one ride to work? I suppose they are in better shape that I :)
If you loved the movie or the book, please tell me, I need to hear some redeeming stories.