Friday, February 4, 2011

Never Let Me Go

I just got home from a dinner and a movie with my co-workers.  We ate dinner at Panera's, but more importantly we watched Never Let Me Go.  I meant to do a review of this book months ago when we listened to it at work, but obviously I never got around to it.  That's not entirely true - I did write it, in pencil on paper, but I never typed it up.  And now I can't find the little piece of paper on which I jotted it down.  I know I couldn't have thrown it away because I never throw away my notes (hence the giant piles of useless paper that accumulate around me), but I haven't the slightest idea where it would be.  I checked the piles on my desk and the huge pile next to my desk, but it is nowhere to be seen...  I'm sure I'll find it eventually, but until then let me just tell you that it is an amazing book and I loved it.  It was a powerful, moving book (to use some totally true cliches) and I suggest you go out and read it.

I was excited and scared when I found out that it was a movie - excited because it could be awesome and scared because they could totally ruin it.  It finally came out on dvd this week, so we (my co-workers and I) watched it right away.

It was... good.  I mean, it was a good movie.  I enjoyed it and I think it translated pretty well from book to movie.  That being said, I think it was missing a little something.  It wasn't quite... sad enough?  It only got me a little choked up where the book brought me to tears at my desk (one of the only downsides of listening to books at work).  I think this is because the book gave you more insight into the mind of Kathy, the narrator.  I think this is often a problem when it comes to making books into movies.  You just come to know the character so much better in most books.  But I think the movie represented the book as best it could.  So if you enjoy the book, I think it wouldn't hurt to see the movie.  And if you are too lazy to read the book, by all means see the movie.  Maybe it will inspire you.

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