I’ve read the book and I’ve now seen the film.
So what do I think.
Well. I read the book about 10 months ago when I was in my ‘Chilean Mine’ but also feeling rather cynical about life and I got rather annoyed with Her and her quest for ‘salvation’.
Ten months on and I don’t see it all in the same light. I understand much more what she needed to achieve and find within herself. And I think I am rather envious of her happy ending.
When you are where we are (and by that I include one or two of my readers who are in the same boat as me) we are all probably looking for a new ‘happy ending’ or to put it in a much more positive way we want a new ‘happy beginning’.
Actually sod the ending that’s too final and ‘life’s now over’ type of thing!! A good happy beginning and middle and then carrying on happy is what I am looking for!!
As to the film, which I have just watched on DVD. Well apart from the fact that Julia Roberts just seemed to be her rather than the person she was supposed to be I was left feeling the film was too shallow. I didn’t feel she had achieved the changes she did in the book. And for some reason I kept thinking of Pretty Woman all the time which didn’t really help.
I think JR was miscast. It needed someone slightly younger and probably less well known would have been better.
Anyway I still cried. But then I am a very quick crier and weeper. I can cry singing our National Anthem – which is just plain bizarre!! I can cry over just about anything! I cried over Mama Mia!!
So I leave you this evening with:
So here’s to our Happy Beginnings and our Happy Middles!!