Something Borrowed : Thoughts on the book

Something Borrowed
Something Borrowed
by Emily Giffin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So, a confession : I actually watched the movie before I read the book. Which may influence a lot of what I felt – I really, really tried hard to like this book but I have to say that I didn’t.

Although I liked the movie, there are some things I chose to ignore while watching because overall I like the actors and just the “chick flick” movie in general. However, there are certain aspects that I chose to ignore in the movie which I couldn’t ignore here because when things are typed out, you tend to find it harder to suppress that “uneasy” feeling you get when something isn’t right. For example, I think Rachel’s character is incredibly weak and spineless – and not even in a “cutesy” way. Her choices in the book, which are spelled out more clearly than in the movie, are just plain inexplicable. Not even the “rush of love” explanation can fix things.

Do I feel good about the ending? In the movie, I did. Here? Not so much. This is largely to do with the fact that I don’t think the characters themselves were happy with the ending. However, I see there is a sequel, which I plan to read, so I guess I will find out soon enough.

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So this is a LONG over due post! Anyway, a bunch of us from class got to attend the 15th International Film Festival of Kerala held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in December. Although the festival was from the 10th of December till the 17th, we got permission to attend it only till the 14th :(

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Stop telling me things!

You know I just realized.. Because we are all so ”connected” and living in age where information disseminates so quickly, and so fast, it’s difficult to hang on to life’s ‘SURPRISE!’ moments anymore. Case in point is the way the movie business has changed, I think. I’m doing everything in my power to stay away from stills/videos/blah related to the New Moon movie but it’s just so difficult! I have Perez Hilton tempting me with photographs from the sets, but I truly honestly don’t want to know anything! This is almost as bad as when a mean classmate once told me the ending of the fourth Harry Potter book because, well, she was nasty.

And now, because I’m following Imran Khan on Twitter, I’m going to get regular updates about his new film with Sonam Kapoor. So what, now to protect myself, I guess I have to disconnect from the world!

Broke on Books

I have spent way too much money this month on books but what the heck. Just bought “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir that I have been itching to read for sometime. Also picked up two books at the Strand Book Sale : “Nine by Nine” by Daman Singh and “Endless Love’‘ by Scott Spencer.

“Nine by Nine” was quite unexpected, I must admit. I, as usual, cannot decide if I liked it or didn’t. I didn’t seem to get where the story was going, and if it eventually did reach somewhere, well I think I missed the stop. It left me irritated, as I couldn’t figure out what any of the characters were like in the end.

I also read Eric Segal’s “The Class”, and it made me want to go to Harvard. Again, didn’t like the ending too much. I am too much of a romantic I guess!

Off to watch Harry Potter tonight, but I feel strangely disloyal to the Hogwarts clan. Blame it on Twilight. And oh, I am apparently addicted to glossy magazines. Bad for my budget. Very bad.

The Duchess and Virgin Territory

I’d been meaning to watch ‘The Duchess’ for a while now, and I finally watched it today and I loved it! I think Keira Knightley is a very, very talented actress – she’s put up a stellar performance in all the movies I’ve seen of hers right from ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, the POTC series, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to this one.

The movie is based on the life of 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. There’s actually a book about this lady, written by Amanda Foreman, which I must get my hands on now. I love the costumes, I love the music, I love the actors ( Ralph Fiennes in a totally detestable role but very well enacted!).

I seem to have a fascination for these eighteenth century type things..

Also this afternoon I watched ‘Virgin Territory’ starring Mischa Barton and (drool) Hayden Christensen, which caused me to fall in love with him all over again after Star Wars. This one’s a romantic comedy, a bit on the American Pie side but in a more medieval setting, I guess. It was funny, Hayden was hot as usual, so I had fun.

Next on the my list is ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ which I am solely watching because it has Paulie Bleeker (Micheal Cera) from Juno!

Citizen Kane

Yesterday, someone told me that someone told them to always watch a movie twice. The first time to just enjoy it, and the second time for analytical purposes.

I watched Citizen Kane (for the first time) this evening. I had no idea what it was about, and I didn’t even look it up on IMDB or Wikipedia. All I knew was that it has been much talked about over the years, and very highly rated by most movie critics. I’m still deciding if I liked it or not!

Warning: Spoiler(s) ahead so if you haven’t watched it and you want to, don’t go any further!

All I can say right now that the film depicts people as people are. The character I really loved was Kane’s second wife in the film, Susan Alexander Kane. I especially loved this particular line of hers :

“I didn’t want to sing. It was his idea – everything was his idea – except my leaving him.”

The depiction of how totally alone and crazy Kane gets after his second wife leaves him is amazing in that one particular scene where he destroys all her remaining possessions in her room with his bare hands. This is almost symbolic of his own destruction and downfall, which he caused himself.

Maybe I’ll watch it a second time!


Mr. Darcy: You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

The heat is unbearable. I’m supposed to be living in a city thats famous for it’s pleasant weather. HELLO. Nowhere near pleasant.

I wonder if there is an actual co-relation between high temperatures and high tempers.

Watched Grease finally ( I hadn’t seen it before, yes, ok, shoot me now). I didn’t like it. Olivia Newton John annoys me. She has no idea what she wants during the entire course of the movie. And then the transformation is supposed to make everything ok? Huh?

I got into college. More about that later.