Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Choice.

The list given to us for book choices was abundant in highly-regarded literature. Many of these books are already on my list to read. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas were all top contenders in my list of possible choices. In fact, I am interesting in reading most, if not all of these books. With some embarrassment, I can admit that I have only seen the movie adaptation of all my contending choices, and have sadly never picked up the book of the same name.

It was, however, an easy choice to pick The Virgin Suicides. I have actually been looking for the e-book of this novel for quite some time, with no luck. I have been interested in reading it since I saw the movie a few years ago, and I consider this to be the perfect opportunity. The main pull to this book is the movie, which has been rented several times, bought, lost and eventually illegally downloaded by myself, all because it is my absolute favourite movie of all time.

Why? Lux Lisbon, the fourteen year old female protagonist, is possibly one of my favourite characters from any film. The parents of the Lisbon sisters strike charming similarities to my own parents. I love the idea of voyeurism and mystery that the movie revolves around. I can identify and relate to many of the instances in the story, as I expect many teenage girls living in suburbia can. I am a devout Sofia Coppola fan. While a lot of people disliked the movie because it failed to tie up loose ends, I loved it for that very reason.

I am excited to buy the book and start reading. I have heard very good reviews from bookish family members about this story and the talent of Jeffrey Eugenides. I also have heard that the book is short and sweet, giving me more opportunity to review it in it's entirety.

1 comment:

  1. Riona, you do such a great job blogging your thoughts on books and I can't wait to watch the journey unfold on this one! Great pick. Don't forget to post your Reading Schedule once you get your hands on that book! For now, you could analyze book covers? or even movie stills as a pre-reading strategy?