When movies trump books.

Whaaat??? Dream on crazy lady.. Well, yeah, that would have been my reaction to any header like that. There are countless of movies where books trump the movies hands down. Harry Potter 1-7, Twilight, etc, etc. The list is endless. However there is a relatively shorter list, where surprisingly, the movie has trumped the book. The perks of being a wallflower, The Devil wears Prada and A Walk to remember.

The perks of being a wallflower

Based on a novel with the same name and written by Stephen Chbosky, The perks of being a wallflower, deals with 15 year old Charlie and how he deals with his freshman year at school. A little weird, a tendency to be left out and an introvert, Charlie tries to navigate through his first love, his love for his late Aunt Helen and school. The movie is engaging and I was so surprised at how well the movie was executed, that I promptly resolved not to watch any more Bollywood movie till my standards were back up. The acting was flawless, the actors were well chosen for their role and the cinematography was brilliant. I loved how this movie was portrayed, the viewer is as confused as Charlie especially when he blacks out. It gives you a very good sense of how confused he is and how his life is disconnected at times. While he is not in your face weird, you miss out on the clues to the ending, where is all comes together. The book on the other hand, provides more information on what makes Charlie that way, but takes away the sense of mystery that the movie conveys. It is too eloquent in the book, while the movie just nails how confused, messed up and hard it is for him to confront his demons.

In response to "why we choose people, who treat us so badly". It forms the catch phrase on which the entire movie is based.

In response to “why we choose people, who treat us so badly”. It forms the catch phrase on which the entire movie is based.

The Devil wears Prada

One of my reigning favorites. The book, was a surprising dud. The author, Lauren Weisenberg, was an assistant to fashion editor extraordinaire, Anna Wintour, for a little under a year. She mentions her experiences of working under a difficult boss. As a critic mentioned and I wholeheartedly agree “It was one big rant against Anna Wintour”.  It has no story, no start, no end, no “what-have-i-learnt-from-this-experience” spiel. Nothing. Just a long diatribe on how working under a demanding boss for less than a year was hell. Well, guess what, lady?? we have all been there and done that! Working with impossible bosses for long hours. And it really doesn’t warrant a 360 page book. The movie on the other hand, nailed it. It had a good measure of drama, suspense, an ugly duckling turning into a swan thing and epic lines like “You’re not trying, You’re whining” .

A walk to remember –  

Crap, I am half way through this article and I have realized that I cannot write about a movie and not give out its spoilers. So brace yourself people, In a Walk to Remember, the book starts off as a narrative of Langdon Carter at age 57. Written by Nicholas Sparks of The Notebook fame, this story is inspired by his sister. It is a beautiful story of the girl-next-door who is terminally ill and a preacher’s daughter; and the school’s bad boy. The movie was a perfect chick flick. Adding elements that were not there in the book, like Langdon completing Jamie’s wish list when he realizes she is dying and dedicating a star to her, had me crying in buckets. However to be fair to the book, the only reason I didnt like it was because Langdon Carter recounts this journey as an old man, never having remarried after losing his love. In the movie, he is shown as a boy entering Med School, because his love gave him direction. It makes me impatient when you waste your life on something in the past. I am a big believer of moving on.

It was...the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every way, a walk to remember.

It was…the most difficult walk anyone ever had to make. In every way, a walk to remember.

So here it was. Where the movie trumped books. Drop me a comment if you came across more. I would love to take a look at it.

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Chaos

That delicious time, when you just get back from a trip and everything is in disarray. Your makeup is stashed in some corner of a suitcase, All essentials are everywhere but the place you need them to be. Your laundry hamper is a mini mountain just waiting to topple and you best shoes are dirty and need to be brushed ASAP! And in spite of all this, your head is teaming with memories and anecdotes and fun stuff you just want to share!

Packing!

Happy Birthday Sasha

**Snapshot** Me standing, all alone, outside a brown door that said operation theater in a small room with green walls chatting with a completely random kid who told me that her little brother was born at home, leaving me aghast!! All kids were born in a hospital, weren’t they? weren’t they?? **Snapshot** Me being driven to my colony’s kitty party, where I proudly announced that I, had a new baby sister. **Snapshot** My grandma telling me to find the feeding bottle and to fill it with water as new born children shouldn’t have any milk in the first 24hours while my mother slept soundly on a cot in the hospital.

These are the three main things I remember about one sunny afternoon, eighteen years ago on May 11th. My six-going-on-seven brain, completely failed to register what a momentous occasion it was. I had a baby sister!

And how would I describe my baby sister now?? A bear-hugger. Trinny and Susanna worshiper. “AAR rules” scribbled everywhere! The only one laughs at ALL my jokes. Who takes my side at every argument. Who steals all my makeup, clothes, shoes, bags, you-name-it. Who gives my dog a bath every weekend. Who will burst into my room atleast five times every night after work, leaving a very disgruntled me. Loathes White, Loves Black. Thinks people who straighten curly hair as blasphemous. A surprisingly hard worker in the midst of all us lazy bums. My baby and now eighteen (How the fuck did that happen??) And a loving, loving person, who took care of her big sister when my mom was majorly sick, even though she was frightened to death herself. And someone who always hears everyone out. (How did she get that sensible? Doesn’t come from us) 😛 Anyway, to my brave, smart, sweet, caring, loving, hard-working, sensible sister, Here is a very very happy eighteenth birthday!!

The resident Alpha(tag)

Ye gawds!! After reading two articles, Sasha @ Platinum Bubble and Divya @ A Divine Humour on personality types, I decided to play along and take all the quizzes and read the articles. And surprise, surprise I am an… Alpha!! **clap, clap clap!** It was definitely the entertainer of the day. While, those two claim to be Betas, I am distinctly reminded of various incidents where I was upstaged by them. Don’t let their pretty little faces fool you. Beta or no Beta 😛 ROFL!!

Anyhow, what I did notice was that in articles describing Alpha females – read this one ,were their particular traits. For example, Famous Alpha women listed people like
Blair Waldorf –
Blair Waldorf, alpha girl
I love everything about her character. Her style, her always wanting to succeed, having a life long love like Chuck(where do I find one of those?? 😉 ) I think she epitomizes an Alpha beautifully- strength and grace under inhuman pressure. And she delicately supports Serena without ever being overshadowed by her.

Never letting your spirit wane

Never letting your spirit wane

Anna Wintour – (Or Meryl Streep’s portrayal of he

Anna Wintour, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada

Anna Wintour, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada

r in The Devil wears Prada) Again, Strength and grace in impossible situations and Superb at what she does. (Oh, how I love that trait!)

Alpha females favorite films – The Devil wears Prada!(The movie, mind you. The book was one long rant.)

You're not trying, You're whining! (Nigel Barker to Andrea Sachs)

You’re not trying, You’re whining! (Nigel Barker to Andrea Sachs)


What are my twins supposed to do? Share?

What are my twins supposed to do? Share?

And a few strong characters I would like to add
1. Dagny Taggart in the Atlas Shrugged(yes, I am team Atlas Shrugged, not team The Fountainhead)
2. Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.
3. Elizabeth Bennet from The Pride and Prejudice
4. Princess Panchaali from The Palace of Illusions.
5. Robin from How I Met Your Mother.

The Cons –
Alpha females are known for being bitches. She will make sure to create drama and exaggerate things to the max.
– I have to agree with this. Drama is loved by my species and while it would be unfair to call us bitches, we do like getting what we want. Also, most alpha women are self-reliant. It is often portrayed as “being a bitch” or “aggressive” or “masculine”.
She’s possessive and sometimes jealous. You can forget about “poker nights” and similar, the alpha woman will decide who you meet and when.

– Umm, no, unfortunately, I don’t agree with this. Maybe possessive but rarely jealous. We are quite confident about who we are or what we do. And no, we are not crazy psycho bitches either where we dictate terms of your life. Just very choosy about our own.

Don’t expect her to accept her place in the kitchen, because she is far too evolved for that. She’s demanding and might as well ask her husband to clean, cook and take care of the children.
-Hahahahha! This one is bang on. I rarely cook but I clean, sort and organize the place till its gleaming. And every time I think about marriage or children, I do expect the man to do this job and help me too.

I think the author of the article mentioned above considers herself a Beta female as she seems to have judged the alphas, a bit too harshly, or maybe she had Samantha Jones (SATC) in mind while writing the article. If you are chasing an alpha, you have to be bit out there. They are liberal, kind, very loving, not needy, will fix the television for you in case you can’t, are independent and creative. Just a little pushy at times and honest. No much manipulations at their end as they will tell you how they feel rather bluntly. And its no mean feat to handle a woman of such caliber. Like Rhett Butler of GWTW, Barney Stinson of HIMYM, John Galt of Atlas Shrugged, Fiztwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice and Chuck Bass of Gossip Girl, the alpha women tend to love the alpha-est of alpha men!

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is huge! It always tends to hit you in places where you least expect it. Like drinking. Its always easier to pretend to drink than to try telling people that you don’t enjoy it. No one believes you and frankly, are incredulous! “You don’t like to drink??” Nope. I usually come to a party for its music. To Dance. Or for my friends. For conversation. For dressing up. For dancing my ass off. For meeting new people. Umm, did I mention dancing my ass off? But rarely do I come to drink and get wasted and act stupid. Not coming of as judge-y or holier than thou, but this does come to mind 😀