|I had seen this and walked past it so many times before...|
The funny thing is the day after I finished this I heard it's being made into a movie! I must be way, way behind the times because the movie comes out this April, which means it's been in filming/production/the news for probably a year. And what's even more hilarious is that Robert Pattinson (from Twilight) is the lead male role. So you really would have thought I'd have been aware of it. Here's the trailer:
I'm torn about the trailer. I think Pattinson talks weird. I know he's putting on the American accent, and when he's a vampire I figure he's working around modified teeth, etc. But he's playing a young Jewish kid from a middle class working family...what's the excuse this time around? However, I will be at that movie (hopefully on opening night) and I hope hope hope it meets my expectations. Movie/book combinations are such a tricky thing to navigate. And every time I've read the books first and watched the movies second (with the exception of Harry Potter) I've been disappointed.
I love the 20s era. I love how ALL OUT it appears this movie went to be true to the period and the circus life. And I think it's going to be just as beautiful and heartbreaking as the book was. I was at Barnes and Noble (sorry small bookstore friends!!) and started to reach for this book just to read the back since I've heard it was wonderful for so long, and the girl next to me blurted out, "That is an amazing book. You have to read it" before I even had my hand on it. So I said, "Well, I guess I'm getting this one!" Let me give you just as strong a recommendation if you've been putting off reading it or finishing it or buying it-- READ THIS BOOK. It is utterly spectacular. And you can borrow it from me if you want. ;-)
"Life is the most spectacular show on Earth." --Water for Elephants