It’s Movie Time!

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’m interrupting my ‘travel writing’ blog posts (which interrupted my ‘authorly’ blog posts) to talk about a movie.  What can I say?  I’m easily distracted.

Anyway…I just got back from the movie theater and I have a recommendation for you.  Let me first say that I only go to the movies once or twice a year because there’s usually not anything that captivates me enough that I feel the need to spend twenty-seven dollars for a matinee.  If you’ve been following along at all, you’ll know by now that I’m insanely cheap.

That being said, I’d like to tell you a little more about the movie I saw.  It was READY PLAYER ONE, which is the film adaptation of the book written by Ernest Cline.  I originally got this book at the library when it came out in 2012.  I’m a huge fan of futuristic dystopian stories with pop culture references and lots of action and humor and romance.  What’s not to like about all that?  Nothing!

After checking out the book at the library and falling in love, I spent the twenty bucks to buy the hardcover book on Amazon.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I paid money for a book I’d already read.  Let me also explain that I usually NEVER, EVER re-read books.  I mean…what’s the point?  There’s no suspense because I know what’s going to happen.  Besides, there are a million other books that I haven’t read yet, so shouldn’t I read some of them first?  I know the majority of you are going to disagree with me and tell me about your favorite dog eared, bent spine copies of your ‘must read’ books, but that’s just my opinion on the matter.

My point, is that I loved the book a lot and I flipped out when I saw that it was being made into a movie directed by none other than Steven Spielberg.  YES!

I dragged my reluctant husband to the theater, and he actually seemed to enjoy the movie.  He did give me a look when I might have gotten a bit teary near the end (yeah, I got teary when reading the book, too.  I’m a freak), but otherwise the whole experience went very well.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but I will tell you that the movie was amazing, the book was awesome, and I strongly recommend either reading or watching it.

There were, however, some noticeable differences between the book and the movie.  I read the book six years ago, so I couldn’t tell you the exact differences, but I knew they were there.  This brings me to my question of the day…

(I asked my husband on the way home from the movie theater…here is our conversation:)

“Did you know that the book was different from the movie?  What would I do if someone offered me money to make a screenplay from one of my books and they wanted to change a bunch of stuff?”

He raised an eyebrow as though the thought of anyone suggesting making a movie from one of my books was about as probable as aliens landing in our front yard and offering gold bars in exchange for our dog.  Just for the record, the answer would be ‘NO.’

“It could happen,” I insisted.  “I wonder how much you get paid when they want to do that.”

He didn’t reply, as he often doesn’t because he’s quiet and makes me carry the conversation most of the time.

“What if someone offered me five thousand dollars, but wanted to drastically change one of my books?  I wouldn’t do it!”

“Like what?” he asked.  “You wouldn’t take five grand if they wanted to kill off Violet?”

First of all, I was stunned speechless that he actually knew the name of one of the characters in one of my books.  Second, I would freak out if someone bought the movie rights and then killed off a character.

“No!  I would not kill a character for five thousand bucks!” I instantly declared before pausing to consider this.  “If it was like twenty thousand, then I’d probably reconsider.”

I totally would.  I mean that could buy a new car!  I suppose I could just have her come back as a zombie later on anyway, right?

So there you have it, folks.  Go see ‘READY PLAYER ONE,’ and if you want to make a movie out of any of my books, it’s gonna cost you twenty grand to kill any of my fictional people!

There you have it folks!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and HAPPY EASTER!