I first heard about the 2016 film “Dear Eleanor” via YouTube ads. Whoever created the trailer did a fine job, because I was determined to sit down and dedicate 2 hours of my life to watching the actual movie. New releases are increasingly difficult to take a chance on, as storytelling skills steadily worsen across the movie industry, but I found myself curious this time.
The original “Dirty Dancing” from 1987 was a remarkable blend of dancing, music, and story. It was eye-catching, sassy, and despite glaring anachronisms (such as the discrepancy between the film’s soundtrack and the time period setting), appropriate for all contemporary audiences. Unfortunately, Hollywood seems to have “gone off on a limb” with remakes during the past 15 or so years. Instead of retelling familiar stories with the intention of bring new, fresh interpretations to the screen, producers and writers have concocted point-blank failures that have attracted more negative than positive attention, their current marketing strategy. I’ve seen one remake after another generate terrible reviews from critics and viewers alike, both complaining about the same issue: “these new versions have no soul.” That may be true overall, but that doesn’t mean that some of these films can’t present new perspectives.
So…the title of this blog entry was going to be My new reads are addictive. Instead, I discovered today that “Bookshop Talk” actually selected my review of the novel Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié and posted it for all of the online literary world to see (I posted a link to this blog, which I read regularly, on my blog’s sidebar). This overcame all my current emotions and flew me to cloud nine. 🙂 Figuratively. You can see my review here: http://www.bookshoptalk.com/2011/01/midnight-pearls-by-debbie-viguie-2003.html. I feel a sense of accomplishment…someone other than the Examiner and my current readers like my writing. This is a boost of self-esteem…I can’t imagine how nationally published authors can ever feel unhappy. 🙂
I am addicted to my new reads, but…I’m back to procrastinating with the composition of my last two book reviews and three movie reviews for this week. The Examiner itself is responsible partly for my lack of motivation, or writer’s block. I’m still vainly hoping that my “employer” will become fair/just overnight. The second reason is Sisters Red. Remember when I posted my reading list recently? Well, this particular novel is getting 3 out of 5 stars from me right now, even though I’m only halfway through after reading it three days in a row non-stop. I can definitely see where the upcoming film Red Riding Hood got some ideas…but does Jackson Pearce get any credit? Of course not. Well, I better wipe this happy grin off my face and concentrate on my reviews for the Examiner… 😉