27 February 2010

Different Ending, Same Reaction

I don't remember the last time I read a book that made me cry. However, I often cry during movies. I think it's because of the added visual element; rather than merely reading about someone's pain, you see their faces twisted with grief or disgust, families ripped apart, people's brains blown out. Today, though, I finished a book that made me cry, and is still forcing tears to my eyes.
The first time I read My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, I didn't even know what medical emancipation was. I was simply reading it for the book club I belonged to at the time. While it may have sparked some passion--though I don't know how much passion I could honestly muster up when I was fourteen--it was just another sob story in a long line of books to read and discuss. But, then the movie adaptation came out last year. I recalled reading the book, as did my mother, so we borrowed the DVD from the library. Now, there are films that have been described as tear-jerkers, or three-hanky movies; this movie came closer to ten hankies. Upon finishing the movie, I had this nagging in the back of my head that all was not well on-screen. A couple days ago, I picked My Sister's Keeper up from the library (yes, the same library; we really only go to one), and from the moment I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I finished it about five minutes ago, and the same tears I had throughout the movie are coming back to haunt me. All this, despite the book and movie having drastically different endings.
From what I read on her site, Jodi Picoult is none too happy with the way her story was adapted. Certainly the original ending was sad, but so is the ending of the movie. The only difference is that a different person dies. But that makes all the difference. I encourage you, my readership, to experience both the book and movie for yourselves. As far as the order is concerned, I tend to read the book first, but that's just because it's what I know best.
P.S. Thank you, Faythe, for giving me a bit of steam back.

25 February 2010

No more u(h)pdates

Hi, folks! I've decided to discontinue Mr. Kistler's Daily-ish U(h)pdate. I think he may have caught on, because he doesn't stutter through his lectures nearly as much as he used to. So, being that it's not fun for me anymore, I will not be posting his "uhs".
Oh, and I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've kind of lost my steam. Will post more upon recovery of said steam.

21 February 2010

Well, there are advantages to being me...

Many of my family members have my e-mail address. Therefore, I get many, many forwards. I decided to have some fun with a few of the traditional fill-in-the-blank forwards that I'm sure all of you have received yourselves, many a time.
I'm going to treat them as Google Image Memes, because I have a certain affinity for random images.
The same rule as always applies: the picture must be taken from the first page of results

Forward #1
If you've opened it, you have to do it (it only takes a couple of minutes I promise!) Then send it back to the person who sent it to you and the Rest of your friends.

Six names you may be known as:

I wasn't expecting to find anything for this. My mom calls me Cookalicious, by the way.

Three things you are wearing right now:

Three things you want very badly at the moment:

Four people who will send this back:
Supposing that was an option

Two things you did last night

Two things you ate last night

Four people you talked to on the phone yesterday

Two things you are going to do tomorrow:

Four of your favourite beverages:

Forward #2
I want to see your answers!

1. What is your occupation right now?

2. What color are your socks right now?

3. What are you listening to right now?

4. What was the last thing that you ate?

5. Can you drive a stick shift?

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone?

7. Do you like the person who sent this to you?

8. How old are you today?

9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?

10. What is your favorite drink?

11. Have you ever dyed your hair?

12. Favorite food?

14. Favorite day of the year?

15. How do you vent anger?

16. What was your favorite toy as a child?

17. What is your favorite season?

18. Cherries or Blueberries?

19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back?

20. Who is the most likely to respond?

21. Who is least likely to respond?

22. Living arrangements?

23. When was the last time you cried?

24. What is on the floor of your closet?

25. Who are the friends you have had the longest that you are sending this to?

26. What did you do last night ?

27. What are you most afraid of?

29. Favorite dog breed?

30. Favorite day of the week?

31. How many states have you lived in?

32. Diamonds or pearls?

33. What is your favorite flower?

If you have any other fun fill-in-the-blank forwards that I might enjoy,

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