Thursday, April 16

Internet Fact-Checked Once Again

I was all set to proclaim that Patricia Highsmith's Deep Water should be made into a movie with the speed and the quickness. As if the movie-optioners were reading here, and would offer me the opportunity to write the script, despite a total lack of knowledge about script writing. Turns out, it's already been made.

Now I've shifted gears into a concern that the movie will be a disappointment. I'm not a visual person (see below; evidence) and it's rare that I read a book and have clear and specific images of the characters and events. But I found Deep Water particularly visual, and am concerned about the movie matching the style of the book, and the visuals I had while reading. Here are some snippets from the book....

The first paragraph of the book:
Vic didn't dance, but not for the reasons that most men who didn't dance give to themselves. He didn't dance simply because his wife liked to dance. His rationalization of his attitude was a flimsy one and didn't fool him for a minute, though it crossed his mind every time he saw Melinda dancing: she was insufferably silly when she danced. She made dancing embarrassing.
And then this, after Vic tells one of Melinda's would-be lovers that he'd killed one of her lovers in the past. It's a lie, but the would-be lover turns would-not:
The waltz had always been his favorite dance. He waltzed very well. He saw Melinda notice him and stop short with surprise. Horace and Evelyn were looking at him too. Vic shortened his steps so that he would not look silly, because a joyous exuberance had filled him as if a long-repressed desire had burst forth. He felt he could have flown with Mary, if it had not been for the other couples that cluttered the floor around him
"Why you're a wonderful dancer!" Mary said. "Why've you been hiding it all these years?"

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