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Returning once more to yer olde topic of books into movies, Tim Burton has done it again. He took the classic and turned it around a few times clockwise, then anti clockwise, up-side down and inside out. To help him with these imaginary acrobatics was his trusted player Johnny Depp. To quote Carroll “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”. Same thing for movies, I guess. What good is a movie if its not going to dazzle the eyes and rattle the soul?Did you see the movie yet? What do you think? Here’s a review and another one to help you decide. (Courtesy: http://www.hbook.com, http://movies.nytimes.com)
There is the book…and then there is the movie based on that book. If you are like me, you want to read your book and then when, hopefully at least a year later, the movie comes out, you go out with your best friend to watch it. Then, you come out shake your head and swear you’ll never let a movie ruin the book, everrr again! You learn, forget then repeat.
Scenario 2: You missed the book and now are under duress from aforementioned friend. You go out and watch the movie before you’ve had a chance to get your hands on the book…what then?
1. Run and buy or rent the book?
2. You don’t care if you read the book now that you have experienced “The Experience”?
3. Swear you’ll NEVER read the book, so that you can never be disappointed?
4. None of the above i.e “I always prefer the movie anyways”
What’s your whole “made into film” experience like?
Read the review for the movie based on Rick Riordan’s popular novel The Lightning Thief here.
It seems like the lull after the storm. January is a complete fog in our minds. First there was the big move into a new office space, followed by the Book Swap & Meet and then the crazy (but fun!) gearing up for the World Book Fair stall and finally 10 days of being on the feet at the fair ( thank you Dansko shoes!)
If there is one thing you can do apart from selling books and talking about book and breathing in ink fumes from freshly bought books…it is people watching. Its like any other mela….abundant with characters and colours. All you need is a bit of patience and a busy venue and the ability to observe without malice and without prejudice…
1. Curiously (and somewhat disturbingly) there is an abiding fascination with Hitler. It starts with queries about Mein Kampf but goes to anything that has anything to do with the man with the demi-moustache. Its usually men…very serious looking men…hmmm…
2. We women ( yeah, am generalizing here…but its a complimentary one, so I guess I can get away with it)…so, we women shop the same way all our lives. There were bunches of school girls and young college girls and women in their middle ages that descended at our stall at various points of time. They –
a) Always arrive at the stall together and leave together and never ever leave anyone behind.
b) Suggest books with passion and vehemence, talking animatedly about what they liked and disliked. Always, always help their friend make an informed choice.
c) Never let their friend buy a book that they can lend to her later.
d) Always tell each other of better deals, if any ( or in our case, tell their friend its The Best deal around ;))
3. There are people out there who really live to bargain. You tell them its 25% off, they ask for a 45% off… you tell them there’s a free bag, they want one for their neighbor’s dog, you tell them it’s “Buy one get one Free”, they want to know if they can get five for the price of two, you tell them it’s flat Rs. 100/-, they ask if they can get free dhaniya-mirchi ( not really, but you get the picture!).
There are many more memories and observations that flash like a movie montage as we all come up for air before the next round of FriendsOfBooks excitement begins! Will keep you posted. If you have any observations of your own-share ’em!
See pictures from the fair here.
What’s the point of being in the book business, which is a business of words really, if we can’t attempt every now and then to create a new word and see if it will stick and come back to us after a few days/ decades. SO, the new word we have for you is:
Conjunction of Mega + Awesome
Mega: Origin: form repr. Gk mégas large, great
Awesome: Slang. very impressive.
To spread the word about…er…the new word, we’re offering a
Megawsome Discount of 25% on all books at our stall at the World Book Fair this Saturday and Sunday.
You can use the words thusly in a conversation:
A: Did you know there’s a Megawsome Discount of 25% on all books at FriendsOfBooks stall this Saturday and Sunday?
B: Dude! That’s Megawsome!
A: I love getting books from FriendsOfBooks Library and Online Bookstore.
B: Yep. Me too. Saves me a Megawsome headache!
Here are details for you to come back and say the word to us:
Stall No. 181
Hall No. 5