the rambling thoughts of a young filmmaker and the discoveries he makes through film, life, and everything in-between...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
This Is Where We Live
This is actually a different cover than for the book I read, but somehow I think it fits better. I picked up this book from the library based off a 'best of' list that I can't even recall. I was hesitant at first when it started off talking about the lead character's film directing aspirations. I'm guilty myself of writing stories about artists, although I haven't lately, but I know that a lot of people do as a scapegoat for writing about something more personal. I have to say that my fears quickly vanished. What this book is really about is getting over yourself and accepting that you can't just be a flippant artist all the time, that you have to be someone else as well, and that sometimes other things will come before your work. That's a hard lesson to learn and, to be truthful, one I still deal with. Janelle Brown does a really good job of taking an honest look at these problems and really putting her characters through the ringer. I love how much she punishes them, and I know that there were a few instances where I got pretty emotionally involved and thinking - come on! Give them a break here, please! And I'm glad that she didn't.
It's a strong novel with strong characters and themes and I think could make a pretty lovely film if done properly.