Monday, May 29, 2006

There Are Better Books Better Movies


That word sums up my feelings regarding the rising craze and box office records that the DVC book has caused. So much that I felt a little sick over hearing people (including Christians) talking about that. It was in May 2005 that the fad and interest was aroused in North America. One year later, it is the movie. My thinking is that we have given it too much attention.

There are indeed other better books and movies to watch, that deserve our money and time. One of the books recently written is the book "Gilead" by Marilyn Robinson. A recommended movie to watch is "March of th Penguin", or "Akeelah and the Bee." It is unfortunate that good literary works are often neglected. Good books will lead us somewhere towards hope or what it means to be a better person. Lousy books that are based on hype are like a Roller Coaster experience. One can have all the thrills and ups/downs of the ride, but eventually, everyone goes back to SQUARE ONE.

Somehow, the power of the media and the hype driven by publicity often leads our human senses to focus on the hype. Often it is not the item itself, but the interest that arose out of people talking about it.

Nevertheless, after all the hype, all the publicity and all the attention, the DVC and Dan Brown will go the way of the Cabbage Patch Dolls, the Tamaguchi, the PacMan, ....


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