Saturday, July 5, 2008

Running out on the family movie

What I'm Reading: The Charm School by Nelson DeMille and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

What I'm working on: Themes, journey statements and turning points for Slayer.

I just walked out on the family movie. We weren't at the theatre -- just watching at home. We were watching I Am Legend. (No link. Google if you want. I don't want to see the website.)

Family movie?

Ok, our kids are teenagers, and they've both seen the movie with their friends, and it's based on a contemporary classic (yes, I know that's an oxymoron), so maybe it's not what you were thinking of as a "family movie" but we were all watching together.

They told me beforehand that the dog dies. (Oops...spoiler...sorry, but, really, some people need to know that before going in.) I thought I could handle it.

What no one told me was that the dog is his only friend. He has NO ONE else to talk to. (Oops... spoiler... oh, well.) And then they kill the dog? Seriously? Um, the ds told me the movie has a happy ending. Really? How's that? The DOG IS DEAD. The dog was his only friend.


So, to be fair, I didn't see the dog die. I asked if it was coming up about every 5 minutes and the ds kept saying no. Then he started saying, "I don't remember." LIE! I knew it had to be imminent.

So, I slammed the top down on the laptop (I was trying to multi-task) and left it sitting in the middle of the living room floor.

I'll apologize later, but they're probably a little glad I'm gone and they don't have to hear my scream or see my tears when it happens (probably happened by now).

So, now I'm at the computer, and I'm back to spreading out the Slayer notes. But, I did learn a little bit about myself. I might lean toward hopeful horror slathered with a healthy dose of romance when it comes to the stories I have to tell, but the key word there is HOPEFUL. I just don't see how killing the dog is hopeful.

Those of you who know me well, know I have a big squishy soft spot for all dogs. All dogs like me. I have 4 rescues. So, seriously, I don't do movies where the dog dies -- happy ending or not.

(Deep breath.)

I feel better now. Maybe I'll fast forward through that part and go back and watch later.


But only if someone out there can tell me how it ends first. Seriously. Please spoiler me. Is there a happy ending? Fill me in.



Katie Reus said...

I was so pissed when Samantha died. I started crying immediately :( I understand it was a huge part of the movie, but seriously, why did they have to kill the cutest dog in the world? I'm a dog person but even if I wasn't, it was just wrong!

My hubby and his best friend (both retired Marine Corps snipers I might add) both teared up.