Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Holiday Recap & Expectation

Well, Thanksgiving came and went. I hope you had a good time with your friends and loved ones. I know I did.

We always have a good time during the holidays. Eventhough as the years have come and go, we've lost loved ones and it seems each time it's different. But we keep moving forward.

I went to the movies twice this holiday season. I took my youngest son and my two nephews to see BOLT. It was a cute little movie. The kids thought it was good, but didn't comment on it too much. Which meant the movie was just okay to them.

I also went to see THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. I don't ever have to see this movie again in this lifetime. Now, don't get me wrong, the acting was great, I just don't like films that have racial violence in them. There were many other things in the movie I didn't like, but won't post them here for fear of spoiling the movie.

All that got me to thinking about what the readers expect when they pick up a book by a certain author. I wonder what people expect when they pick up one of my books. I would hope they would expect to get a funny story that would also touch their heart. But I also realized that we are not going to be able to please everyone all of the time.

Creativity is subjective. I have been saying this for the last couple of months. Each person comes to the movie or the book with their own thoughts on what they are about to see or read. Once they've had the experience, sometimes they will feel that the actor, author, writer etc got it right. Then sometimes they might feel they missed it all together. The same way I did with this particular movie.

As for movies, I like romance, some suspense, family drama and comedy in movies. I do have favorites because I'm an avid movie watcher. Just to name a few: THE FIVE HEARTBEATS, THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1&2, LOVE JONES, BAPS, CLAUDINE, POETIC JUSTICE, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, WHAT A GIRL WANTS, LEAN ON ME, BOOMERANG, COMING TO AMERICA, SEX IN THE CITY, THE FAMILY STONE, BABY BOY, TALK TO ME, DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, and many, many more.

Do you have a favorite movie?

1 comment:

bettye griffin said...

Can't say I have a favorite movie, Sean, I have many favorites. But I was kind of disappointed in the two movies I saw over the weekend (one DVD release, one bootleg copy of a new movie) while a guest for Thanksgiving dinner.

I didn't really care for This Christmas, thought the reasons behind all the drama were a little silly. But I got to see Delroy Lindo and Idris Elba in one movie, and that wasn't bad! And as for Bernie Mac's last movie (can't even remember its name), all I can say is he deserved better.