My love of books is ever-apparent in my posts, so yet again they’ve inspired this evening’s update. Just seeing them lined/piled up on my dresser, desk, and shelves makes my heart skip a beat. It’s a sad world we live in that not everyone can appreciate the pages of a book, but for me, they’re everything. In fact, I stayed up until about three in the morning last night, finishing Forrest Gump.
In regards to this particular story, I must admit that I enjoyed the movie so much more. The book was enjoyable, and like the movie, it follows Forrest through his peculiar/fascinating/strange life, but the book took it to a level, for me, that I didn’t want it to go. It was borderline absurd in some parts, and I’m pretty broken-hearted about it. Forrest Gump is my favorite movie in the world, and I thought that I was going to love the book even more. Sadly, that wasn’t the case, this time. I commend Winston Groom for creating such an iconic character, though, and he has my utmost respect in that sense.
I have since wiped my tears and moved on to the next novel. Big Fish. This book, as some of you may know, was also turned into a movie, and like Forrest Gump, I had no idea that it was first a novel, until I was browsing Barnes and Noble, one day last week. At this point, I should just assume that all great movies were books first, but apparently, I’m just not there yet. It practically jumped off of the shelf and into my arms. Now, it’s taking me on a journey with yet another peculiar man who has insane adventures. Simply reading the first chapter, it’s apparent why Tim Burton was inspired to adapt the story to fit the big screen. This time around, I’m much happier with how my reading is coming along. Daniel Wallace’s writing is magical, to say the least, and it makes me feel like a child reading a fairy tale. I don’t imagine that it’s going to take me long to finish it, considering how fast-paced and enthralling it is, and I’ll give a quick review on the blog, if you’re interested.
For the remainder of the evening, I will be holed up in my room, teacup and book in hand, in the midst of all of my candles and fur babies. Wishing you all a safe, relaxing Friday!