favorite tv shows, favorite episodes

A short list showcasing my favorite episode from each of my favorite TV shows.  Basically what the title says.

{Note: I haven’t seen every episode of any of these shows except Rat Patrol.  But I’m reasonably sure the episodes mentioned here will remain my favorites.}

{Combat! – “Losers Cry Deal”}

"Losers Cry Deal"

Choosing a favorite Combat! episode was tough, because there’s so many good ones, but even though “Hills Are For Heroes” is brilliant and “The Hostages” is amazing and deep and “Masquerade” is awesome for a bunch of different reasons, I ended up going with “Losers Cry Deal”.  Squad episodes make my day, and each element of this episode fits together so well that it could hardly be more perfect.  The plot flows along smoothly, dialogue is crisp, and characterization is excellent for both regulars and guest stars.  Highlights include: The Wrath of Caje, Doc + Littlejohn + the poker game, all the regulars looking their absolute best, FLETCHER FIST, and Vic Morrow’s directing style.

{Rat Patrol – “The Chain of Death Raid”}

Before Combat!, there was Rat Patrol. (For me, that is.)  I adored the show, and I still do, although C! is now my favorite TV show, and my favorite episode hasn’t changed after all this time.  “The Chain of Death Raid”.  Dun-dun-DUN.  I’ll admit, the title is a bit melodramatic, but thankfully it’s not the title that makes the episode.  I’ve always loved plots where enemies have to work together for a common goal, and this take on that story type is great.  Troy and Dietrich have to set their differences aside to escape from Arab slave traders and then get back to civilization.  Highlights include: Tully’s leather gloves, Dietrich speaking Arabic, and the fabulous pyrotechnics at the end.

{Hogan’s Heroes – “Reverend Kommandant Klink”}

Maybe I’m just a sucker for romantic stories, but this episode has risen to the top slot on my ‘Favorite Hogan’s Heroes episodes’ list and it won’t be shaken off.  I’ve probably seen it six or seven times, all pretty recently, and I still get goosebumps every single time that gorgeous, perfect, completely unorthodox wedding takes place.  So, there’s this Free French pilot that’s been captured and the Gestapo want to know where his air base is and, to make a long story short, Hogan ends up bringing the guy’s girlfriend into camp and they get married (Free French guy and the girl – not Hogan and the girl). *fangirls*  Highlights include: Suzanne’s wedding dress, Hogan’s test for aspiring actors, the little scene in Paris, and THE LOOK ON CLAUDE’S FACE WHEN HE REALIZES IT’S SUZANNE. *fangirls again*

{Wanted: Dead or Alive – “Secret Ballot”}

Uggggggh.  When I finished watching this episode, the first time I watched it, I felt like I’d been kicked in the stomach.  It’s probably not the first choice for anyone’s favorite episode of W:DoA, but it’s rich and deep and emotional, and Josh/Steve does some of his finest acting in the show here, so I have a love/hate relationship with this one.  Josh comes to a town to help an old army buddy and gets in much deeper than he expected.  In the end, he loses his friendship with the army buddy, who either saved Josh’s life, or Josh saved his (I forget the ins and outs of it).  Anyway, it’s really sad – a huge amount of emotion packed into twenty-five minutes.  I wouldn’t say there’s any highlights, in the typical fangirling sense; the whole thing is tragic and thought-provoking and I’m just going to leave it at that.

{Get Smart – “Rebecca of Funnyfolk Farm”}

Goodness, this episode is HILARIOUS.  I mean, every Get Smart episode is outrageously funny, but this one is…wow.  I love it.  I could probably quote it word for word.  Max and 99 have to get a briefcase off the roof of an old house, but they end up getting invited inside, and that’s when things get really weird.  I’m pretty sure at least parts of this episode were based off Rebecca, the book by Daphne du Maurier, especially the thing with the portrait and how the real Rebecca was hated by the household (in this episode AND the book).  But I digress.  Highlights include: the entire dinner sequence, Hestor’s midnight stroll through the garden (in a storm, no less), Max in a tuxdeo, and pretty much everything about Jason.

Have you seen any of these episodes?  What do you think of my choices?

Eva

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vlog #2 – book haul!

With my new laptop, it’s much easier to record these vlogs, although uploading them to Youtube takes too much of my available Internet to have this become a regular thing.  But when I get vlog ideas, I write them down, and hopefully these’ll become a semi-regular thing.  Let me know if you have any ideas for future vlogs!

Eva

seven awesome things about Mag7

Emma is hosting her Legends of Western Cinema blog week again, and while I didn’t participate in the last one (because, a year ago, I didn’t like Westerns), I thought I would this time.  Since watching The Magnificent Seven, my interest in Westerns has skyrocketed, but I’ve only seen a pitiful few – High Noon, Ride Lonesome, and The Ox-Bow Incident are the only other ones that come to mind, which is a shame, isn’t it?  Any suggestions from you guys?  I’d really like to broaden out and watch some new films (a LOT of new ones).  Anyway…this post isn’t about my lack of eduction when it comes to Western movies.  It’s about the awesomeness that is The Magnificent Seven (aka Mag7).

~The insanely amazing music.  Elmer Bernstein, you are a genius.  An absolute genius.  You created perfect, unique scores for two of my favorite movies (Mag7, The Great Escape) and you accomplished your goal of moving Mag7’s story along with music, without all the talky scenes and quiet moments getting draggy.  When I’m feeling low, all I have to do is listen to that incredibly cocky, upbeat theme for Great Escape or (more often than not) the epic, high-spirited Mag7 soundtrack.  My hat’s off to you.

~The characters.  There are seven very good reasons to watch Mag7: Chris, Vin, Britt, Bernardo, Lee, Harry, and Calvera.  Because they’re awesome.  And y’know, I’ve even come to accept Chico + understand how his story arc contributes to the plot + appreciate his character development.  Vin is played by Steve McQueen, so of COURSE he’s gonna be perfect; ditto for Britt/James Coburn and Bernardo/Charles Bronson.  And all the other guys are great too, even Calvera, who happens to be one of the best villains ever, so there you go.  Great cast of characters all around.

~A surprising amount of depth for a Western/action movie.  Seriously, who doesn’t tear up at the ending?  (Come on, you know you did.)  Ending aside (’cause I’m devoting a whole point to it later), there are other moments throughout Mag7 that tend to hit me pretty hard, like the ‘gunfighter arithmetic’ scene.  Or the “I just didn’t want you to think you were the only sucker in town” line.  The thing is, for the amount of plot crammed into the film’s two hours and seven minutes, the characterization is surprisingly deep, which naturally makes for thoughtful moments in the script.

~Allllll those ridiculously quotable lines.  “I’ve been offered a lot for my work, but never everything.”  “Fella says I’m going to make a crackerjack clerk.  Crackerjack.”  “No, I’m doing this because I’m an eccentric millionaire.”  “You don’t happen to have an older, grateful sister, do you?”  “We deal in lead, friend.”  “Generosity. That was my first mistake. I leave these people a little bit extra and they hire these men to make trouble.”  “We come cheaper by the bunch.”  “Nobody throws me my own guns and says run. Nobody.”

~The knife scene.  Because it’s one of my favorite movie scenes EVER.

~The ending.  Full of poignancy and bits of hopelessness, but also hope.  Those kids laying flowers on Bernardo’s grave, The Old Man inviting Chris and Vin and Chico to stay (but admitting that the villagers will not be sad to see them go), Chico’s return, and Chris and Vin riding off into the proverbial sunset (okay, it’s actually mid-afternoon, but whatever) after Chris’ pronouncement that “The Old Man was right. Only the farmers won. We lost. We’ll always lose.” *sniffffff*  For such an exciting, action-based movie, it ends a pretty sad, serious note, doesn’t it?

~Mag7’s endless re-watchability.  In the words of one of my friends, how many times do you have to see The Magnificent Seven before you’ve really watched it?  From the moment when the stirring theme thunders over the speakers to when the words “The End” appear on-screen, I’m hooked.  Every. Single. Time.  Ohhhhh, it’s SO amazing and incredible and marvelous and wonderful and there really aren’t enough words to describe the way I feel about this film.  It is truly magnificent.  If you’ve never watched it, you’re totally missing out.  Totally.

So there you have it.  Seven reasons why The Magnificent Seven is awesome + why you need to watch it right now, today, no delay, even if you’ve seen it a gazillion times before.  Go, go, go!

Eva

P.S. I’ve also reviewed Mag7, if anyone’s interested.

a hollywood enigma

{I wasn’t planning to write this post until January 1st, since that’s Dana’s birthday, but I’ll probably want to do some sort of New Year’s resolution post then, so that would be a conflict of interests. Besides, I watched Where The Sidewalk Ends this afternoon, which means I’m in the perfect mood to write a post all about Dana.}

I think I might've pinned this already, but do I really care?  NOPE. ;)

“I simply love this business [acting].  That’s all.” -Dana Andrews

My sliiiiight obsession with Dana Andrews had a rocky start, because the first film I saw him in, where I actually knew who he was (I’d seen Battle of the Bulge and The Devil’s Brigade as a kid), was The Ox-Bow Incident. Yeah. I went away from it more impressed with Henry Fonda than anyone else, truth be told, and when I watched Daisy Kenyon soon after, it did nothing to foster a good opinion of Dana, since his character is a total jerk in that film. But Hamlette had given me a long list of Dana-films-to-watch, and I kept stumbling across the titles at the library, the DVD store, or on Youtube, and, as it turned out, I ended up getting pretty interested in Dana.

After Daisy Kenyon, the next Dana film I watched was Laura, so of course my opinion of him soared then. That’s just a given, right? State Fair, The Best Years Of Our Lives, and The Purple Heart all followed in (very) quick succession, and I was a goner. Now I simply melt whenever I think of his smile or his gorgeous voice or, really, anything about him.

*siiiiiiiigh*

Dana Andrews in Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)

All in all, I’ve seen sixteen Dana films – more, I think, than for any other actor (or actress). There are still tons more that I want to watch, but here’s the list as it stands right now (in no real order) with a couple thoughts for each:

~Laura – Dana is darling in this one. Really stands out, and I don’t understand why he wasn’t at least nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Mark McPherson. The rest of the movie is spectacular as well.

~The Ox-Bow Incident – ARGH. Don’t. Want. To. Talk. About. It. But Dana did a fantastic acting job; the role of Martin really shows what he can do in terms of dramatics. Should’ve gotten an Oscar for this one too.

~State Fair – The adorbs are too much. Wayyyyy too much of them. I dislike the name Pat, but I love Dana’s performance here. Probably my favorite role of his after Mark.

Jeanne Crain with Dana Andrews
~The North Star – Watched this one for Dana, and ended up falling in love with Farley Granger, but Dana was excellent (isn’t he always?). His character, Kolya, didn’t get all that much screentime though.

~The Devil’s Brigade – Dana only gets a little cameo scene in here, but he was still awesome.

~Battle of the Bulge – All I remember of Dana’s performance in this one was that he had a stupid-looking moustache and his character was an annoying wet blanket. And I didn’t even realize it was him until about halfway through the thing (partly the moustache, partly because he was so much older than anything else I’d seen him in up to that point).

~Daisy Kenyon – Blah. Basically sums up the whole film AND Dana’s character. Who I forget the name of (and I always make as much of an effort as possible to learn/remember character names, so it shows how little I was paying attention).

~The Purple Heart – No, forget what I said about Pat. Ross is definitely my second favorite Dana character. Caring and courageous and all around amazing.

Dana Andrews– "The Purple Heart "
~The Best Years of Our Lives – TBYOOL is such a wonderful movie, in and of itself, and Dana’s part is just the icing on the cake. Goodness, I feel so bad for him during his nightmares and flashbacks – and his relationship with Marie. And Peggy, for that matter.

~The Iron Curtain – The second Dana Andrews/Gene Tierney movie I watched, and I preferred their half of the film so much more than all the boring, documentary-ish scenes. I was convinced that he was going to die heroically at the end, and was sooooo relieved when he didn’t.

~Crash Dive – Meh. I liked all the submarine parts. The shoreside romance, not so much.

~The Forbidden Street – One word for this movie: weird. Seriously weird. Dana plays two different characters, who are supposed to look a lot like each other (obviously), and for character #1, he had an awful beard/moustache, and his voice was DUBBED IN by a British guy. Character #2 wasn’t much better, except he didn’t have any facial hair and Dana got to keep his own voice. The whole thing was so oddly put together and mixed up…I don’t want to watch it again.


~A Walk in the Sun – Ended up liking (loving?) Richard Conte because of this movie. Dana’s character, Sergeant Tyne, was great too, though, and I really enjoyed watching him gradually take over the platoon as Porter became more and more withdrawn.

~Wing and a Prayer – WAAP wasn’t heavy on characterization for anyone, including Dana’s character. I liked it well enough, but it wasn’t anything special. However, the last couple of scenes were riveting, and Dana turned in a good performance.

~Swamp Water – I believe this is one of Dana’s most well-known films, and I really enjoyed it, although I was unsure about whether or not I would at first. That curly hair and dorky Southern accent and nice little romance with Anne Baxter’s character…a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

~Where the Sidewalk Ends – Oh, this one was great. A bit exhausting, as film noirs tend to be for me, but reeeeeally good all the same. I got a kick out of the fact that, once again, Dana plays a detective named Mark, whose love interest is played by Gene Tierney. I was rooting for him to do The Right Thing at the end, and he did, which made me happy. (And sad, at the same time.)

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Honestly, Dana is one of the most underrated actors I know of, and it’s a shame. It really is. He was never nominated for an Oscar, never received any other major award (that I know of), and if you mention him, most people will be all, “Wait. Who are we talking about, again?” Just because he was an understated actor, not given to playing great, dramatic parts doesn’t mean he should be overlooked. CAN I GET A YES?

Anyway, here’s a quick list of reasons why you should love Dana as an actor, thought up off the top of my head:

~He wears a fedora/trench coat like nobody’s business. Also, uniforms, Depression-era hunting clothes, suit and tie, and so on. Honestly, this guy could wear rags and still look awesome.

Dana Andrews in Laura  (Otto Preminger, 1944)
~That voice. Warm and deep and rich. Kinda like melted chocolate.

“I suspect nobody and everybody. I’m merely trying to get at the truth.”
~That amused little smirk. Also, his Glare Of Moral Outrage. And practically every facial expression in between.

Dana Andrews and daughter // MY HEART JUST MELTED.
~Gotta love how he’s always a gentleman. Very important. VERY.

Dana Andrews being mobbed by dozens of screaming Hollywood High School students. He took a job at a soda fountain to bring more realism to his role in The Best Years Of Our Lives. But they knew who he really was. :)
~Everything about him, really. The way he walks and talks and his mannerisms and how he hugs Farley-who’s-playing-his-brother in North Star and Mark-protecting-Laura and, honestly, all the best parts of every character I’ve seen him play have sort of mixed together and I’m viewing him through rose-coloured glasses, I know, but he’s STILL AWESOME.

I mean, LOOK AT HIM.

*swoon*

Well, I’m off to watch a Dana film with Elisabeth – don’t know which one it’ll be yet, but whichever one it is, I know I’ll love it. And him. ‘Cause that’s just a given.

Eva

(And no, I didn’t use this post as an excuse to share all my favorite Dana pictures.  Why would you ask?)

defending pride & prejudice 2005

{This is a post that Petie and I wrote years ago, over at my old blog, and I decided to re-post it here as a sort of response to Naomi’s post, ‘On why I don’t like 2005 P&P’.  Let the fun and debates begin!}

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This movie did a great job showing how her marriage chances were slipping away, and Judi Dench was perfect in her role.

For several years, we have wondered why on earth Jane Austen fans dislike Pride and Prejudice 2005. We’ve both watched the film several times and although we love the Colin Firth version, we both agree that P&P 2005 is a wonderful adaption of P&P and the version we tend to prefer. Why then, do so many true Janeites dislike it? We culled through all the different reasons (though it nigh broke our hearts to do so) and we made a list. We are prepared to refute each point and give the reasons why we disagree. We hope that by the end of this post, you’ll be fully convinced of the superiority of P&P 2005. And if you aren’t, we’d love a good [respectful] comment war! Let the fun and games begin!

One of the biggest problems P&P fans have with 2005 is Matthew MacFadyen’s portrayal of Darcy, claiming he is too shy instead of proud (well, really their main issue with him is that he’s NOT Colin Firth). We may very well be the biggest MM fans out there, and we think his portrayal of Darcy is a wonderful balance and spot-on representation of everything Darcy is supposed to be.

We will be the first to admit that Colin Firth is an amazing Darcy, and he totally nails the pride aspect of the character. But unfortunately, he is too stiff and rigid, saying most of his lines in a flat tone, as if he is simply reciting them instead of becoming the character. This is where Matthew MacFadyen really shines. He brings life and hard-core emotion to the character of Darcy, really making Darcy seem like a real, natural human being. He shows both the prideful and yes, shy sides of Darcy while also displaying the hurt and pain Darcy endures at Elizabeth’s rejection and Wickham’s betrayal.

The first proposal scene is our favorite. This is where Darcy (or rather, Matthew) lets all his prideful guards down, and the passion in his heart just spills out. It’s really incredible to watch. His “I love you. Most ardently!” just sends shivers down our spines. While we love Keira Knightley, he completely outshines her in this scene. Not that we’re biased or anything…

Many die-hard Pride and Prejudice fans believe that Kiera Knightley is too ‘modern’ to play Elizabeth Bennet. We tend to disagree (are you surprised?). For one, there are two other ‘modern’ actresses that pop into our heads and none of you have any problems with these two – Romola Garai and Emily Blunt known respectively as Emma Woodhouse (2009) and Queen Victoria (The Young Victoria). Though we are not here to discuss these talented people, we do have a point to make. These ‘modern’ actresses bring a fresh, new take on the character.

Pride and Prejudice

Another point is – why would you want another actress to copy Jennifer Ehle’s performance? If Kiera did that, what fun would it be? Personally, we both believe that Kiera Knightley’s fine eyes, slender figure, spirit and wit all come together to produce the epitome of Elizabeth Bennet. If ever there was a book-to-film character it is definitely Elizabeth Bennet to Kiera Knightley.

Is 2005 too “muddy” for a period drama? Some people say so, pointing out the dirty sets, the gritty scenery, and the all-around grime of some of the locations. The Bennets’ home, especially, seems very dingy. Surely this dirtiness is not Jane Austen! Well, we can definitely see their point, but we rather enjoy the realistic feel the far-from-perfect sets give the story. The Bennets are indeed somewhat poor, so their home should look drastically different from Bingley’s or Darcy’s, and 2005 draws that distinctive line very well. The dirtiness of the scenery gives more depth and texture to the film, instead of everything looking exactly the same as in 1995. Instead of all the homes being spotless, shiny, and expensive, there are differences and texture to show the various social classes. Is this historically accurate? Who really knows. But we appreciate that element of the movie.

One of the biggest (and hardest to defend) points against P&P 2005 is that the Bennet family is portrayed as paupers. This does have some truth in it. One scene shows a pig being led through the house, the family meals are free-for-alls and Mrs Bennet wears outdated clothes. But one of our favorite things about P&P 2005 is that it shows a slice of real life. The 1995 adaption is too perfect – everything is always fresh and clean and beautiful whereas Pride and Prejudice 2005 is gritty and real. The Bennets should have been portrayed more accurately but the thing about it we like is that it shows real life in seventeenth century Britain.

Mary Bennet - Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Then, of course, there’s the issue of the supposedly inaccurate costumes and hairstyles of 2005. We must agree, it was probably inaccurate for Keira Knightley to trod all over town with her hair down. But we have to wonder… that same hairstyle is in several Regency films we know and love. Is it really so inaccurate? We will admit, however, that the costumes don’t seem very Regency. Though most of them are lovely and varied, they aren’t consistent with traditional Regency fashion. But that doesn’t stop us from admiring the costumes in this film! Jane’s, especially, are some of our favorites, with her bright, but soft colors and lovely bonnets.

Many people dislike that several scenes and a couple of characters have been cut from the film. However, there are many, many different feature-length films out there based on books. And most of them probably cut scenes and characters. We believe that in this, P&P 2005 is just like any other feature-length movie. And we firmly claim that it does an excellent job in the time allotted to tell the story – it captures the spirit of the book perfectly!

Pride and Prejudice 2005 characters. Oh, I forgot Mr. Bennet!

Regarding the other actors in this film, well, you’ve heard it once; you’ve heard it a million times. “Mr. Bennet is dry as powder!” “Wickham is all wrong!” “You’re not supposed to pity Mrs. Bennet!” “What’s with Charlotte?” Yeah, yeah, we hear you. 😉 Of course, we always prefer when film adaptations stick as close to the books as possible, but this is a movie. It’s not the book! Therefore, there are going to be some differences. And think about it: if the characters in 2005 had been exactly like the characters in the esteemed 1995 version, wouldn’t that be, well, boring? We do admit that 2005 contains different interpretations of Jane Austen’s beloved characters, but we must confess we enjoy seeing characters portrayed in different lights. But of course, we are still avid Jane fans and infinitely prefer the original characters she created. 🙂

We are not afraid to admit that the script for P&P 2005 could have used things from the book to its advantage, but like we said earlier, P&P 2005 captures the essence of Pride and Prejudice, the meaning of it. P&P 1995 certainly follows the book more closely but it had five hours to tell the story! What do you expect? Whenever we read Pride and Prejudice the 2005 adaption comes to mind. Which is better – following the book word-for-word or bringing it to life?

And now it is time for perhaps the most controversial P&P 2005 topic ever: The Final Proposal and The Ending. We’re not going to take the time to explain all the reasons Jane fans despise the ending of this film. Instead, we’re going to ignore all their protests and say that we simply adore these scenes. Adore in the highest sense of the word. Matthew MacFadyen’s acting in the second proposal is heartmelting. “I love, I love *his voice catches* I love you. And never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” And admit it, folks. The setting of that scene is just breathtaking: the gentle dawn, the soft lighting, the lush green field, the sun coming between Elizabeth and Darcy’s faces. Gah. It is so, so gorgeous. And The Ending of this film. Wow. By the time the credits roll, we are mushy, teary messes, grabbing for Kleenex and hitting the rewind button. To be blunt, we really don’t care what anyone has to say about these two scenes. They are our very favorites and the highlights of the film. So there. 😛

Pride and Prejudice - Darcy and Elizabeth

Here’s the deal, peoples. We are die-hard fans of Pride and Prejudice 2005 (And everyone recoils in shock! No! Really?), but if you love the 1995 version better, hey, we can live with that. But with this post, we just wanted to prove the gorgeousness of the 2005 film and how it still maintains the spirit of Jane Austen’s novel. We love the 1995 version as much as anybody, but we just love the 2005 version more. *ducks rotten tomatoes* So we’re not here to bash 1995; we’re just here to prove that each version is different and unique in its own right, and both films should be considered on equal levels.

And goodness, we just love this film so much. Everything about P&P 2005 just screams beauty. The scenery, the music, the actors, the costumes, Matthew MacFadyen… dear, oh dear. How did that one get in there? 😉

But really, we’re just using this post as a good excuse to gush about one of our favorite films evah. And Matthew MacFadyen. (“Okay, okay, we’ll stop fangirling over him,” said Eva and Petie never.)

So if you’re totally against P&P 2005, give it another go, yes? And if you’ve never watched it because you were told it was lame… well, there is no excuse for you. Watch. It. Now. Or we will be forced to come after you with our bonnets flying.

Jane Austen forever!

Eva & Petie

why I won’t read go set a watchman

Okay, first of all, I totally get that Go Set A Watchman isn’t really a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird.  It actually happens to be the first draft of TKAM, which an editor read and told Harper Lee to polish up and change (in some pretty big ways).  That being said, it’s pretty hard not to view GSAW as a sequel, despite it’s prequel-like origins (and the fact that it’s a first draft), which is where all the trouble begins, and which is the root of my decision not to read it.  Ever.  Even if its publication is the literary event of the century.

July 13th, 2015, was a pretty low day for me – my ranting notebook saw a lot of use.  That was the day that the New York Times published their pre-release review of GSAW, which I eagerly read, and then regretted reading for the rest of the day (now, looking back, I’m glad I did, because it saved me from buying the book in the first place).  I moped around, cried quite a bit, and was generally depressed.  Even a good night’s sleep didn’t totally shake the feeling because, I mean, this was ATTICUS FINCH they were talking about!  My hero.  I’d tried to emulate him, wanted to marry someone like him, even planned on naming one of my children after him…but now?  That review shattered that, and although the pieces have come back together (especially now that I’ve decided not to read GSAW), there’s still a lingering bit of sadness or disappointment or something along those lines.  Everything anyone has ever written about Atticus (or TKAM, for that matter) has been called into question now.

What I think hurt the deepest was that Atticus, who’s always been a symbol of goodness and integrity and courage in the literary world, has suddenly become someone to dislike, perhaps even despise.  Being a pastor’s daughter, I’ve seen first-hand how people can change, sometimes in the blink of an eye, and it’s usually not for the better.  Betrayal, dark secrets coming out into the open, and so many other things have sometimes caused me to almost despair of there being any decency left in anyone outside my immediate family.  Every few months, it hits me all over again, and I get depressed about someone or other’s sudden flight, and it’s hard.  It’s really hard.  The last time that happened, I wrote something down in one of my notebooks about how “at least fictional characters don’t change”.

And now this.  The irony is sickening.

So, that’s why I’m not going to read Go Set A Watchman.  I don’t think I could handle it; it would really hurt, and for what?  From all accounts, the book isn’t even very well written, and it’s turned out to be a major disappointment for many.  Maybe I’m being a coward, but I want my perspective of Atticus, To Kill A Mockingbird, and fictional characters in general to remain constant.  Right now, I don’t need any more upheavals in my life.  I need to remember Atticus as “the bravest man who ever lived”, not a racist bigot.

However, if you’ve read GSAW, I’d like to hear your thoughts – just because I’m not going to read it doesn’t mean I don’t want anyone else to.

Eva

little things {#7}

~buttered toast

~getting packages in the mail

~an abundance of funds

~history

~MY NEW LAPTOP

~Trudy Monk

~parodies/spoofs

~ice cream

~”Name: Richard Kimble. Profession: Doctor of Medicine. Destination: Death Row, State Prison…”

~Richard Conte’s smile

~adorbs (see above)

~whiplash plot twists, like in Where Eagles Dare

~my journal/diary/rant notebook

~the Finch family

~bookmarks

Eva