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Inspired, but ignorant

I had planned to write today’s post on a completely different topic, but yesterday I took a break from reading to watch a movie, and it’s still on my mind. Recently, I looked at my Netflix queue and saw it had grown to almost 300 movies. If you knew how infrequently I sit down to watch a movie you’d know how totally ridiculous that number is.

So, I went through the list deleting many I no longer had an interest in seeing. I came to one I didn’t recognize the name of at all. When the little info bubble popped up—an immigrant son has a conflict with his father—I realized I must have added it back when I was still doing research on the novel I’ve now finished. Although I no longer needed it for research, I decided to move it up in the queue.

I didn’t note the movie’s category. Because I saw it starred Kal Penn (of Harold and Kumar fame) and thought I had a vague memory of the trailer, I assumed this movie was more a comedy. I don’t know what trailer I thought I remembered, but it wasn’t for The Namesake. Yes, that one, the film adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel. Her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The one I’d never heard of before this. Pathetic, aren’t I?

Although there are some humorous moments, The Namesake is far from a comedy. It’s a beautiful drama. Beautifully acted, beautifully filmed, beautifully scripted. I cried. More than once. I loved it. Absolutely. I want a copy.

When the movie was over, I went to Amazon to look up the book. I read some sample pages, and though it’s written in present tense, (not my fave) I will read the book. But more importantly, I want to write a book that could be adapted into such a movie. I want to touch someone’s heart that way. Not necessarily to make them cry, but to make them feel they’ve experienced something special by reading it.

Have you seen the movie or read the book?

By the way: I’d like to note that my last post, which was really only a photo of a painting and not a post at all, received as many page hits and comments as most of my real posts. Hmmm, I’m wondering if I should read something into that.

30 thoughts on “Inspired, but ignorant”

  1. I may take a peek at The Namesake at Amazon. Thank you for your informative post. As for the painting generously receiving comments and hits, I guess we all liked it as much as you did!


  2. I have never heard of the novel or the movie….oh dear, I do to my defence live in a weird world where I do not own a TV and sometimes, months pass without me even looking up the current news. Ooops…

    P.S The painting was beautiful, I think that’s why you had people (including me) comment 🙂


    1. I had seen the author’s name, Alannah, but never bothered to check out her work. I seem never to have read books or authors most other literary writers have.

      I do have TV, but I avoid the news. I get my current events filtered through my husband, though I don’t always agree with his interpretation. 😉


  3. Linda, this is one of my favorite movies. I’ve seen it lots of times and will again. And I’m in love – not with Kal Penn, but the father. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t realize it was an adaptation, so the book is now in my queue.


    1. Yay, another fan! I don’t have “a thing” for either of those actors, but I’m “in love” with the love story. I certainly felt the pain and loss. I don’t know how faithful the screenplay was to the novel, but I’ll soon find out.


  4. I’ll add it to by my reading and viewing queues as well. (~300? it’s good you did some deleting)

    I do have Jhumpa’s novel, Unaccustomed Earth which I bought after reading a very positive review, but it’s down a few in the stack.


    1. Ha ha, I tend to watch previews and add the movies to my list and then later remove them. Often the previews are misleading, and then I read reviews and change my mind.

      I had seen Jhumpa’s name, but never bothered to see what she wrote. I hope I like the book as much as I did the movie.


  5. I have so many films PVRd that I know I will never get to them. I don’t have much patience lately to sit through a movie. When I was younger they were never long enough!
    not familiar with this one, but thanks for the recommendation.
    funny about hits, isn’t it?? no, don’t read into it, we love your posts 🙂


    1. What is that, Jennifer? I have the same problem sitting through movies the past few years, but not always the case. I had a friend tell me once that if you got antsy during a moving it meant it was poorly edited. I wonder if there’s any truth to that.


        1. I watch them differently as a writer too. I watch for things like foreshadowing and diversions, assess the dialogue, and consider the plot and structure. I guess I do that when I’m reading too. It’s hard to turn off the writer part of your brain.


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