Thursday, September 5, 2013

Movie Trailer: The Book Thief

This book undoes me in all the best and worst ways. I'm going to go ahead and throw down the word extraordinary.

All it took was one read, a few years ago, and it easily solidified its place in the top 3 books I've ever read. I think I even bestow it the #1 spot now and again, depending on my mood. It's really just that good. I finished reading it on an airplane (can't remember where I was going) and openly wept in the window seat. (Last night I thumbed through some of the last chapters and it happened again. I think it might be scientifically unavoidable.)

When I heard about the trailer from Ali yesterday I quickly melted into a puddle of excitement and emotional angst. I had a moment of hesitation about it becoming a movie because one of the BEST things about the book is the truly magical, unique way it's written. It's told from Death's perspective, and I'm not sure if/how they will portray that in the movie. And the unconventional, random formatting and narrative asides -- those all add to the perfect charm of it all.

However, I decided it can still work as a movie because this book is a double whammy -- the writing style AND the plot line are both perfection to me. So even if the writing style probably won't come through perfectly in the movie, the story and characters alone are enough to emotionally wreck me. And so I'm calling it good, labeling my anticipation as pure excitement (and preparation for a long recovery period and several viewings), and keeping the trailer's tab open on my browser....indefinitely.

Join me:

"He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It's his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry." -  pg. 531, on Rudy


Becca said...

I am officially dying. I will be seeing that movie. ASAP.

Kailee said...

I've never read the book, but I've definitely heard about it and want to, and your review and that trailer make the next book I'm reading! It looks way good! What are the other two books in your top 3?

Anonymous said...

I recently watched the trailer and it immediately made me want to up it on my to-read list. I had no idea what the story was about but man that trailer! Now I'm on a mission to read the book before the film.