While the main book I’m reading right now is Gone With The Wind, I also have a few books on the side (reading multiple books at a time isn’t something I ordinarily do, but GWTW is so long that I don’t feel right about not reading anything else for days and days). True Grit, for one. The writing seems a bit dry, but it’s still quite a good read – I think part of the dryness stems from the fact that I feel like I’m reading a transcript of the 2010 movie (because the movie follows the book so closely). In some ways, I wish I could have read the book first and seen what I thought of it without the film’s influence. (By the way, does anyone recommend the John Wayne adaption? I watched the trailer and a few clips and I don’t think I’d enjoy it much, compared to the Coen brothers’ version.)
I’ve also read three Christmas books recently (check that off my bucket list!) – A Christmas Carol (I can’t believe I’ve never read it before), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (reading it aloud to my little brothers is the annual tradition, and I always have to work at not crying), and The Lump of Coal (Lemony Snicket is a hilarious author).
Two live-action Disney movies, both of which have destroyed me emotionally: Old Yeller and The Great Locomotive Chase. WHAT IS HAPPINESS. I’d never seen Old Yeller until last night, but I’ll bet I cried as hard as any ten-year-old kid who’s owned and loved a dog. (Oh my goodness, just imagine showing this to Jem Blythe – he’d be absolutely crushed.) And the thing is, I don’t even like dog movies. I don’t even like dogs. But there’s just something about that movie that seems to turn everyone into a sobbing mess. I NEED SOME COMMISERATING COMMENTS, GUYS.
And then, The Great Locomotive Chase, aka Pretty Much The Least Known Disney Movie Ever. Honestly, if you’ve heard of this film (or *gasp* have actually watched it), then my hat is off to you. (You know…if I had a hat.) I watched this movie when I was a little kid, maybe seven or eight years old, and it traumatized me because the ending’s so sad and I didn’t have much experience with my favorite characters dying (ha). It’s still just as gripping these days – I’m tearing up a little just thinking of the last couple of scenes, because it’s the WORST. Plenty of rip-roaring action, and ‘Dixie’, and chase sequences in the middle, but once everyone gets captured during the last half hour, it’s one of the most depressing things ever.
Nothing, sadly. I haven’t been on my computer much these past few days, and I just haven’t gotten around to listening to any Christmas music lately. Or any kind of music. *sigh* But I will!
What’ve you been reading/watching/listening to lately?