Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Clubs and Disbelief

Tonight was book club. Which is great, usually. I get out of the house, have conversations with grown ups, eat junk food and talk about books.

Tonight, attendance was a little low, so there was really only one central conversation instead of several splintered-off conversations as usual. Which would be fine, except for the following:

- Nobody else has ever read the Lord of the Rings.

- Half the people in the room have never SEEN Lord of the Rings.

- We spent at least half an hour discussing the differences between the several versions of "Pride and Prejudice." (which, come on, if we're going to talk about "girl" movies, can we at least be creative about it?)

- We then discussed Hugh Grant and Colin Firth at length. 

- Nobody wanted to talk about The Hunger Games.

- Instead they wanted to talk about Nicholas Sparks novels.

Discuss.

20 comments:

  1. Well, I can't really blame them for wanting to talk about Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. But no Hunger Games? Really?

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  2. Nicholas Sparks novels discussion:

    Someone gets sick and dies. Then they make a movie about it. The end.

    *eye roll* LOL

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  3. Nicholas Sparks? Worst. Bookclub. Ever.

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  4. What IS this book club?!?!?!?! Also, the ONLY acceptable version of Pride and Prejudice is the 1995 BBC version.

    I'm guessing you're kind of relieved to be moving soon, because maybe then you'll find a book club where people don't discuss the most predictable books of ever (yes, Nicholas Sparks, I'm looking at you.)!!

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  5. I concur with Amanda's comment: Nicholas Sparks? Ugh...all his books are so formulaic (boy meets girl, they fall in love, one succumbs to illness, and then the reader is treated to memory lane)! Any talk of Harry Potter at all? Scratch that, I think I know the answer. :D

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  6. This is your official invitation to book club when you move back. We have never talked about Nicholas Sparks. Ever.

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  7. No Hunger Games talk? I think the highlight of that evening would have been discussing Mr. Grant and Mr. Firth.

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  8. Gina! This is making me laugh pretty hard right now. I missed book club because I was working yet again. I must tell you I have read Lord of the Rings (all of them, including the prequel The Hobbit), I have seen the movies and even waited in line to do so, and the only version of Pride and Prejudice I like is the 95 BBC miniseries (I've read most of Austen's novels and don't just watch the movies). I think this is really Food Club pretending to be Book Club. I still haven't seen Hunger Games, but when we do so I would love to discuss with you.

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  9. As soon as the Nicholas Sparks came up I would have been out the door. It also boggles my mind that there are people out there who haven't read LOTR or The Hobbit. Book lovers not reading these is like a Christian not having read the bible.

    Although having said that, I'm quite possibly the only person left in the universe who hasn't read The Hunger Games, so I should probably just shut up right now.

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  10. I did pretty much check out of the discussion when it came to Nicholas Sparks. Bonus: The justification for Nicholas Sparks was "When I read the classics I have to try to decipher what they are talking about. When I read his books, I don't have to decipher anything, I can just understand it."

    Yeah. That happened.

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  11. It IS food club masquerading as book club, and I love when you're there, because then we can talk about books :)

    The first midnight showing I ever went to was Fellowship of the Ring, and nobody last night could identify :(

    Also... You are the only person from the ward who knows about this blog... So... Keep a secret?

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  12. The Colin Firth discussion was definitely the highlight of the night. Including a very straight laced friend admitting a semi-inappropriate crush on him.

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  13. Funny: we were supposed to be talking about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and nobody wanted to talk about it.

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  14. Don't kill me, but I prefer Kiera Knightley to Jennifer Ehle. Otherwise, the BBC version is superior in every way. And the predictability of Nicholas Sparks was considered a perk of his writing. Yes. Perk.

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  15. This is an exact quote: "When I read the classics, I have to decipher what they are saying. When I read Nicholas Sparks, I don't have to decipher things, I can just understand it."

    *Head explodes*

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  16. I have to agree, the Firth-Grant discussion was e highlight of the night.

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  17. How the hell has anyone not read or SEEN Lord of the Rings!??!

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  18. Any one of those scenarios calls for a talking-to. But all during one night? For shame. I'd consider getting a new book club.

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  19. They've read Nicholas Sparks, but they haven't read/watched LOTR???

    UM.

    Yeah.

    HOW DID YOU SURVIVE?!

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