Saturday, October 06, 2007

bug, sharp objects and other dark things

I have a rather sunny, upbeat personality (just go with it) but I like me some creepy, dark movies and books. I've got two thought provoking recommendations for fall, if you like to be unnerved, just a little.

Here we go:
First up: Sharp Objects. I know Powell's Books was pushing this book hard last year, and Stephen King wrote a blurb for the cover, so this may be old news. But I am slow. (Did I mention I am finally reading Eat, Pray, Love? I am clearly behind the curve.) Flynn has crafted a sticky tale that goes to the heart of motherhood, when things go wrong. Not only did I enjoy watching the storyline and characters unwind, but I found myself rereading her beautiful, sparse sentences. It was a joy to read, so I might be a sick woman.

Next: Bug. Now you need a creepy flick too. This movie was adapted from a play, and it has that feel. The cast and set is limited, claustrophobic. If you can make it through the first half hour, which I found slow, I think it is amazing. Nihilistic and disturbing, but worthy. (It was directed, after all, by The Exorcist's William Friedkin.) I can't say more, but if you see it, I'd love to know your take on it.

Ok, that's enough macabre for the day. No other dark things. Go look at the pretty leaves outside and think happy thoughts.

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SusieJ said...

Eat Pray Love. I still don't get it. I still just don't get it. I stuck with it -- all the way through -- because everyone else gets it. But, really, what is darker than a single woman, no kids, getting the chance to go on an all-expense paid adventure to Italy, India and Bali? I'd see God too after all that. And pray, tell me, why does she need a break? She has no kids yet? Yes, she is a brilliant writer. And there were some touching moments ....

I am working my way through some Alfred Hitchcock movies with the older boys. I can't get any creepier than those luscious films of his.

katydidnot said...

yay! a new book, have we thought about a blogmoms' book club?