Book to Movie Friday: Stranger than Fiction

I haven’t done one of these in a while (again); blame it on the Cybils. I’ve hardly watched any movies for a while. But, last weekend, one of my favorite movies of all time (I know: I’m not especially picky) came up on my Netflix queue, and I figured I’d write about it, even if though it’s not based on a book.

Adore it.

It makes me undeniably happy, mostly because it’s a very literary movie. Sure, it’s terrifically funny, and Will Farrell is amazing as the down-and-out Harold Crick, as is Emma Thompson as the weird-but-brilliant author, Karen Eiffel. (Not to mention Dustin Hoffman’s and Queen Latifah’s supporting characters.) But, you boil down this well-written, well-acted movie to is bare bones, and it’s all about how fiction intersects with and affects our real life.

And I find that both amazing and wonderfully life-affirming.

I’m not sure exactly why, except that I love the idea of our lives being stories. I love that, while there may (or may not, depending on your beliefs) be an ultimate narrator and writer to our lives, that we have the opportunity to change the story, to convince that person otherwise. I love how each of our stories intersect with one another, and — this has been a theme with me, personally for a while now — how they affect each other for good or ill.

Throw all that in a movie that makes me think, makes me smile, and makes me want to go out and live, and you’ve got a perfect little movie.

Verdict: if you haven’t seen it, you really should.


12 thoughts on “Book to Movie Friday: Stranger than Fiction

  1. You know, I haven't been over to your actual blog in a while (guilty of living in Google Reader), so I gotta say that I love the new look!

    I watched this movie a while ago with a friend, and I remember enjoying it, but my hubby's never seen it. I just took it out of the DVD collection for tonight- maybe I can get him to agree to a movie night! 🙂 Thanks for the reminder via review!

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  2. Agreed. I really love this movie. You had me for a minute there, though; I thought you were actually saying this was based on a book, and I thought I'd missed something! 🙂

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  3. I haven't seen this movie, but have been curious about it. I was afraid that it was another Will Farrell dumb movie and that he might ruin it. Maybe I should give it a try 🙂 Thanks for the review.

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  4. I really enjoyed this movie. It was so sweet and so clever. I especially like when Harold brings “flours” as a gift. I've never been a big fan of Will Farrell, but if he did more movies like this and less like “Step Brothers” maybe I could get behind him.

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