so...i'm blogging while watching "how to deal"...the mandy moore adaptation of sarah dessen's books "that summer" and "someone like you." if you saw my twitter or my plurk, you know that i'm watching this movie on lifetime. which makes me, like, eleven and a half times as lame as i would be if i were watching it via netflix...or the apple tv.
in the interest of full disclosure, i admit that i haven't finished it...although it may be over by the time i post this. but i've got to say that if anyone ever buys the screen rights to the season (and, let's be honest, every author wants that, right?) i'm going to hope and pray that they buy the rights to one book at a time. because, even though sarah seems to like this movie, frankly it just does not do the books justice.
i am an ENORMOUS sarah dessen fan. truly. i've read all of her books and i think she's fantastic. her voice is incredible. her heroines are charming in their confusion, in how they struggle to find themselves, in their strength and courage and general awesomeness. While my favorite of her books is just listen...mainly because I married a 32 year old Owen...I was a big fan of both of the books on which "how to deal" is based.
in the last few weeks i've been struggling a lot to reconcile myself to the way the wide world perceives the two genres in which i write--romance and ya. You see, I have a two-fer in the lack of respect department. romance has been, continues to be and likely always will be the bastard stepchild of fiction--and i completely embrace my place in that world (i've never resisted the mantle of romance). on the other hand, ya literature is starting to get a modicum of regard
look, everyone knows that the movie is never as good as the book. here's the thing, though...i'm guessing this movie smooshed two books together because of the all too common perception that a single book for teens can't be deep and thoughtful enough to be really good on its own. and sarah dessen's books are deep. and thoughtful (see my descriptions above). on its own, someone like you tells deals with parent/child dynamics; the importance of real, long-lasting friendship; teen pregnancy; loss of grandparents; and unhealthy romantic relationships. similarly, that summer explores the challenges of divorce and remarriage...as well as the difficulty so many of we youngest daughters have getting out from under our big sisters' shadows. i promise you, there are much fluffier movies in this world than the ones that would have come from a true adaptation of either of these books.
station break: uhmmmm...scarlett goes into labor during ashley's wedding? really? oy. my point is proven. two books should never be smooshed together. i had more to say, but really...REALLY.
further station break: macon and halley get together? doesn't that go against the whole point of someone like you? why are they dancing in the hallway while scarlett is having the baby? shouldn't halley be in there? isn't the book about the power of friendship? again, I say, REALLY.
hollywood lifetime. how you will be the death of me.