Welcome back to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the entertainment edition.
It’s easy to be one of those people who says “well, the book was better,” but there’s a reason we flock to movies and plays based on books. It’s so fun to see others’ interpretations of familiar characters and to debate all the ways directors messed it up.
Fun Home is a musical interpretation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir of the same name. It recently opened at the Public Theater in East Village, New York City, and by all accounts is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Bechdel’s original work was a progressive combo of two emerging genres, and brought humor to heavy topics like growing up and figuring out one’s sexual orientation in the context of a highly dysfunctional family. Now we’re turning this into a musical?! I’m fascinated. Next time I’m in New York I hope to check this out.
In the meantime — and I realize this isn’t very original — I’ll be checking out the film adaptation of Catching Fire (the second work in the Hunger Games trilogy) this week. Despite the heavy themes of dictatorship, child warfare and deception, it still feels like a guilty pleasure. Arrow-shooting and Jennifer Lawrence wearing tight fiery stuff, here I come!
Any of you planning on making it to the movies for this one?