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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:44 pm    Post subject: My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult Reply with quote

Okay, I'm going to do it. I'll overcome the tears and actually make a post here telling everyone that this book is a must-read unless they want to wake up tomorrow with a dozen new piercings and a couple of coconuts balanced on their head.

Seriously, though, you have to read this. It's such a heart-wrenching, sad and beautifully written story that still manages to have elements of humour in it. And it's really one of those books that makes you think. You don't just read it and get it all out of your system. You brood over it. You spend hours thinking about the various themes and issues in the story.

Basically, you love it. And seeing as I'm a bit impatient with classics (Yeah, I know), I found it great that this is a modern book with so much to it. When I read it for the second time, I found myself seeing things in a new light. Things I hadn't noticed when I'd read it the first time, I noticed the second time.

Yeah, it's a really good book. And the author is just generally great as well. I don't know if anyone remembers back on the Westerboard how awed I was that Scott actually replied to emails quickly. Well, I wrote to this author and she replied in 8 hours. No kidding. The second time I wrote to her she replied in 2 hours. Again, I speak not lies.

And she actually answers her own emails, etc. So that's bit of moral background that I discovered on the author.

Also, a note for the story: DO NOT READ THE END BEFORE THE START. My friend has this habit of doing that... So I just thought I'd warn you. VERY good ending, by the way. I'm a fan of realistic novels, as you know, and this just sort of mirrors my outlook on novels.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay Ammy.
How would you like me to pay you back for letting me know about such an awesome book?
I'll buy you cake.
And shine your shoes.
And name you after a constellation.
Or something..

I read it, and i love it so much! It is definately now one of my favourite books of ALL time! And the ending hit me SO hard.

It was so realistic. I just.. Whenever i read books, i can kind of see whats coming. Even if it is a twist, it is a twist that i have thought about before. But the end.. That never even occured to me!

Ahhh!! I cried so much, but it is SO beautiful.
I am in love with Jesse, just to let you know.

And although i loved all the perspectives from the different characters, i especially loved Brian's and Anna's.

The way Brian thought and acted and just everything, i loved it.
And i love Anna's theory of creation.
So beautiful!

Once again, thank you SO much!
Have you read any of her other books?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See... only worthy books become some of Ammy's all time favourites. Haha.

Can you polish my doorknobs in return for me telling you about the book? o.o Because I can't seem to find Anna....


This is what I'm always getting at with the "realistic" plotline thing. I thought the major twist was in the courtroom... when she reveals the "secret." But then THE ENDING HAD TO HAPPEN.

And the epilogue... it was everything sad rolled into one. That was what really made me cry.

And who wouldn't love Jesse? I even remember what colour his eyes are... haha. Silver/gray.

And I loved Brian and Anna's POVs. They were all great but Anna's one shone out especially. Really. Truly. I love this book so much. I'm glad I was able to recommend it to someone because then Jodi Picoult can go on forever.

And I have been going on a complete Picoult-reading spree recently. I can't find all her books but I got hold of a few. And the one that JUST came out. Well, there's two that just came out. But I got hold of the one that JUST JUST came out.

They're all so awesome. But My Sister's Keeper is definitely my favourite.

What with all it's backward names and all. And it's sadness. Sad


One last shout to the world: I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS BOOK.

Breathe in... breathe out... Calm.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh... Jesse is like.. fexcellent.
And the epilogue!
I was in tears!
The last time i cried in a book was when Sirius died in number 5.
But that entire book.. it was so humourous but deep and sad as well.
Made me ponder for a while.
Then i went to work all slightly depressed but wondering.
Haha, i was totally spaced out the entire time.
I will gladly polish your doorknobs!! Smile
Only if you walk my service dog.
I need him because I'm a lawyer.
That was the best one!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Campbell is just too witty. His little reasons were just great. I started laughing hysterically at every one... earning weird looks from people around me. I remember how I couldn't stop reading the book, so I took it to the train station with me. I was sitting next to this random woman and then I read the, "He chases ambulances for me" part I laughed loudly. Embarassed Needless to say, the woman edged away from me and I put the book away. lol.

And the book strikes that perfect area between funny and thought-provoking. It was very humorous, but there were many elements to it that made you really think.

I was depressed for a full week after reading the book. The epilogue I read a couple of dozen times to make it all sink in...
Now do you know why I didn't want you to read the quotes in my siggy? They were from the epilogue...

And I loved Campbell's reasoning behind naming his dog Judge. Too funny. He was a really smart character from the book. I liked him as much as I liked Jesse.

And I've NEVER cried properly over a book. I think I will over New Moon, but until now, I've never cried like I did with My Sister's Keeper. I can quote sections off it from the top of my head now... I can quote absolutely anything from Twilight, and I think I'm getting there with this book.

You're taking Anna's place in doorknob polishing now. Very Happy If I remember correctly, Campbell called her the "premier doorknob caddy in all of New Hampshire." Either that or my memory fails me.

I love this book.

btw, Kate's spirit was so sad-making. Sad And the "four letter word for vessel" part was also good... so was just about every other part of the book.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aww, the four letter word for vessel.
That was so..
Oh, i loved that line.

And the entire part about Kate and.. Oh my God i forgot his name! Her lover.
When she was 14.
That part was so sad.
I didn't see that coming either.. Come to think of it, i don't see a lot of things coming.
Haha.

Izzy was a pretty funny character as well. Their sister relationship was awesome. They were so upfront to each other. It was nice.

And Campbell made me laugh the most out of anyone, i think. Well.. Jesse made me laugh a lot as well.

I have yet to re-read it. But i will soon. The epilogue though.. I really need to read that again.

SPOLIER!!!!!!! Don't read unless you have read the book.
SERIOUSLY.








Because in your sig, i remember the name Anna being in there, but i couldn't remember who it said died kinda thing. Or whatever it was it said. So when i begun reading the book, i just assumed that it was Kate that died. I assumed thats how i read the sig, because then you got rid of it.
So when it happened.
I was just like
"Wait. What the FUCK just happened?"
hahha.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank god I didn't spoil it for you...

"See ya, Katie."
"See ya, Hubbell," Campbell said. "Great movie."

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my God I want to read this book SO much. I went to the library today. But they didn't have it. Of course. I didn't expect them to.

Hopefully I can go to the book store soon.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*is happy she is spreading the loooove*
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're making a movie out of My Sister's Keeper and filming is going to start next year.

Cameron Diaz is playing Sara. I'm a bit disappointed because I imagined Sara to look different, but I guess I can live.

However, I would much rather this book remained a BOOK and wasn't turned into a movie.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WHAT?

NO!

There is no way they can turn this into a movie and it still be the same story.
It just won't happen.
Its gonna suck.

Dagnabbit
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh shit.

Dakota Fanning is going to be in the movie (as Kate).
And her sister, Elle Fanning (as Anna).

OH SHIT. NO FREAKING WAY AM I LETTING THIS HAPPEN!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Um.


DIES


That is crapola! NO! That.. DAMNIT.

That is crap. First they ruin the story by making it a movie, then have the FANNING sisters as the STARS?
Ohhh *angst* *angst* *angst*
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I can see where they're taking this. They're going to turn it into a "heart-wrenching Hollywood blockbuster" with all the big stars. And I can just imagine the trailers for the movie.

*shudders*

-image of Cameron Diaz's stony facy flashes by screen-
-Fade out to black...-
-Audio of Sara screaming in court-
This summer....
-image of two little girls playing on a swingset at sunset-
A new world is born...
-image of young Kate looking at newborn Anna-
Lives will be changed...
-image of Sara touching the bruises along Kate's spine-
Pain will take control...
-image of a terrified Kate clutching Sara's hand-
And in the middle of this all...
-flashes of Jesse and Brian, followed by a close up shot of Anna-
Decisions will be made that will alter this world... forever...
-audio of Anna telling her parents she doesn't want to donate her kidney-
-dramatic music begins (think the music accompanying someone riding a horse quickly through a forest)-
-clip of Anna by Kate's beside during the court case-
-clip of Kate dying-
-clip of Sara screaming at Anna and hitting her-
-music stops abruptly with a loud drumbeat after previous clip-
-Fuzzy text is brought forward on the white screen, reading as: My Sister's Keeper-
My Sister's Keeper.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahahahaah oh my god Ammy i can totally see that happening and it is scaring me!

Oh no. That sentence was like what those annoying stupid people from westerboard write. AH! *runs away*

Anyway, I can see where they are taking it as well. Music and everything.
They should have made it as some little indie film, then it might not have ruined the book as much.
Ahhh, god.
I bet they eliminate a lot of the humour from it as well. Not that there was that much to begin with, but what there is.. Yeah, its so gone.
Not to mention the entire star paragraph from Anna. Ohhh, they are going to ruin that big time.

*cries*
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I... just... I want to cry. Because they'll be ruining it and I can't deal with that. If anything, I wanted a small indie film as well, but now we're getting these big names into it.

Guess who plays Brian?
Tom Cruise.

Guess who plays Jesse?
Tom Welling

Guess who plays Campbell?
Jude Law

Guess who plays Julia?
Julia Stiles.

Nightmare cast. It better not happen.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ammy wrote:
Oh shit.

Dakota Fanning is going to be in the movie (as Kate).
And her sister, Elle Fanning (as Anna).

OH SHIT. NO FREAKING WAY AM I LETTING THIS HAPPEN!


Dakota Fanning is the best child actress ever, though!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, by the way, this was a BEAUTIFUL book, but I will never read it again. The ending was just too sad for me, unjust and cruel. I was depressed for like... a whole week. Really, really, REALLY sad.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that casting sounds terrible, and the trailer sounds depressingly spot on. shit.

my boyfriend has some crazy personal vendetta against dakota fanning. maybe he'll kill her before it can be made.

i'm actually afraid to finish this book because i know the ending is sad, how terrible is that? I mean, I'm a big time book crier, and this just makes me nervous!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This won't exactly make it easier for you, but...

I rarely cry at a book or movie unless it's something that is powerful and just sets off the tears. I cried the first time I finished this book. I was depressed for weeks afterwards. Everytime I read it again, I cry.

So if you do finish the book (which you must, because it's just amazing) keep a box of tissues ready.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... I actually stopped breathing when I read Tom Welling.
And then yelled and screamed and nearly broke my fist by punching the wall.
Well, in my mind anyway. I'm too lazy to actually go *punch* the wall.
But you get it.
THAT RUINS JESSE! ACK.

And Brian? Dead.
Julia? Dead. Again.
But uh.. Is it bad that I kinda like Jude for Campbell?
.. *runs away*

And Ash. You can't *not* finish it.
Have some icecream near you.
And a blankie.
... And three boxes of tissues.
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Oh. Oops.

That's like my nightmare cast list. Cameron Diaz and the Fanning sisters are going to be in it, but the rest of those people were just what I think they'll probably end up doing.

Because they obviously can't pick out a good cast, goddammit.
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Ammy yours was pretty good (except for Tom Welling). I'm pretty sure THIS is more like a whacked-up nightmare cast-list.

Sarah: Britney Spears

Kate & Anna: The Olsen Twins

Brian: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Jesse: Jesse McCartney

Campbell: Adam Sandler

Julia: Mariah Carey
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Oh shit. Yours is like the ultimate nightmare cast. XD

I was thinking along the lines of something that was possible, and that I'd hate if it happened. But yours terrifies me. It's just... AHHH. I'm seriously shuddering at the thought of that. It doesn't have a chance of happening, but just imagining it gives me the creeps.

Mariah Carey for Julia suddenly seems so much scarier than anything I could dream up. Because of the curly hair. And the fact that Mariah Carey couldn't act for shit.

The Tom Welling thing came to mind because Jesse has dark hair, is well built and has light eyes.
And if this movie is turning into what I think it is, then Tom Welling would "look the part".
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And if this movie is turning into what I think it is, then Tom Welling would "look the part".


... *cries*

The thing is, that is so scary because it is true. AHhhh, not Welling.
I don't know who I would want, but definately not little tommy. Ekkkkk
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Izzy's cast is the nightmare casts' nightmare. gah!!!
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Right now, I am SO HAPPY.
Whywhywhywhywhy?

Dakota Fanning and her younger sister quit the movie because THEY DON'T WANT TO SHAVE THEIR HEADS FOR THE ROLE.
*dies laughing*
Okay, maybe I'm being a little spiteful, but isn't Dakota 14 now? Is she still so concerned with keeping her princess-y hair?

Ah well. I'm thrilled they quit.
Because Abigail Breslin IS NOW ANNA.
Fuck yeah. Really. Truly. FUCK. YEAH.
She's shown a lot more promise than Dakota Fanning (or Elle Fanning for that matter).

As for the role of Kate, it may go to Sofia Vassilieva. She's from Medium.


And for one final laugh at the expense of the Fanning sisters...

HAHAHAHAHA
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Hehe, just a little spiteful Ammy but for plenty good reasons.
She doesn't want to shave her head?
But seriously.. Doesn't she want to be an actor?
Like, a REAL actor?
Newsflash.. Some roles = bald.
Oh well.

It makes for happiness for us.. hahaha
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It's sort of dumb to say Breslin has showed so much more promise than Dakota. What has Breslin done? Little Miss Sunshine. She was AMAZING in that movie, she depicted the vulnerability of a seven year old perfectly. But what was she? A seven year old. She may have just been acting herself and while she is possibly one of the most promising child actresses around at the moment, she doesn't even compared to Dakota.

Dakota's role in Uptown Girls to her role in Man on Fire have been different, she hasn't risen to success from one film like Abigail has done and her characters have been a lot more complicated. Your basically saying that the McDonalds trainee who mopped up the floor perfectly on his/her first day has shown more promise than the manager who accidentally left a strand of lettuce lying on the floor on his/her first day. (If he had started as a trainee and progressed his way up the business).

Saying that, I do like Abby better than Elle, as I haven't seen Elle in any roles yet (apart from perhaps CSI : Crime Unit, but I'm still unsure about that) and Abigail is a more established child actress than Elle, as she's done a lot more movies that have had her name in the reviews (Definitely, Maybe and No Reservations) recently.

And as for Sophie Vassileiva, I wouldn't say she goes without talent, but has anyone seen Eloise at the Plaza? That movie SUCKED.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, heh, she was in Signs and Raising Helen.
But, really, getting back to the topic: I really think Abigail Breslin has showed more promise than Dakota Fanning. And I mean exactly that—promise. I’m not saying that she’s been in dozens of major roles in movies and compared to Fanning’s many movies, she was an absolute star. I’m saying that she has shown a lot more potential than Fanning. Promise doesn’t depend upon the number of movies you’ve been in (because if that were the case, Fanning would win hands down—she’s done way more). Man on Fire and Uptown Girls were the works of Fanning as a more seasoned actress. Give Breslin time and she'll shine even more.

As for Little Miss Sunshine, I think it’s safe to say that Breslin was NOT acting like herself. She was playing the role, and she communicated the character of Olive beautifully.

But really, in the end it boils down to my own personal preference. And Dakota just pisses the hell out of me for no particular reason. I can’t stand her. Poor girl, though. She’s 15 years old, wants to be an established actress, and now some movie producers come along and tell her that she’ll have to shave her head?!? What cruelty! I cannot believe the world has come to so low a stage and that actresses might actually have to SHAVE THEIR HEADS in order to play the role of a girl with leukaemia. This is an absolute travesty.

If Breslin is willing to shave her head and lose her precious locks of her while the older Fanning isn’t, I’m seeing more maturity and dedication on Breslin’s part. Chucking a hissy fit and dropping out of a movie is not the way to go.

And if I can bring my personal experiences into this… I shaved my head a few years ago for the “World’s Greatest Shave” event to help raise money for helping find a cure for leukaemia. I was 14, not even the 15 that Fanning is now. And I raised $600 which went to charity. Fanning was being paid the big money for the role. I’m glad she dropped. At least now, someone with more respect for such a sensitive story can be in the movie.


And as a sidenote about the film... Alec Baldwin as Campbell. How's everyone coping with that choice?
I think I don't want to see the movie for fear of losing the mental image of Campbell I already have.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alec... Baldwin...?

*gets images of Team America*

Well then.
This is an interesting development.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At one time in his life Alec Baldwin was a decent actor - Beetlejuice, anyone? The Hunt for Red October? even more recently in the Departed and Running with Scissors?
He might have a crappy personal life, but he has acted in a lot of things and has a GREAT voice. He can do the serious thing if he tries.




((as a side note, I seriously reccommend the show 30 Rock...it's one of the funniest things I've ever seen for reasons that I can't even name. Alec Baldwin is...frighteningly strange in it. Tina Fey rules.))
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Continuing on that sidenote... I know! It was airing here during the non-ratings period last year at some obscure time of night, but I always watched it. I love it!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

30 Rock was really cool, but it's off-air here now. Unless you have Foxtel or something... Alec Baldwin was in something else, The Princess Bride, wasn't it?

I'm probably thinking it's Dakota's mother that chose that they wouldn't have their heads shaved, it could have (and probably would have) lost her movie roles. And since BOTH of them chose to quit the production, I'm guessing it wasn't just Dakota's decision. Also, I wouldn't shave my head just for one movie like Dakota when I have a whole line of much higher paying movies. Abigail doesn't get nearly as much work as Dakota gets.

And shaving your head for charity is a completely different thing than shaving your head just for a movie that will probably just get a normal 3-4 star rating. Charity is more deeper and a lot of people do it, movies are there for entertainment.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha are you asking if Alec Baldwin was in Princess Bride because you hate it, and are secretly saying you hate Alec Baldwin?

I agree with your theory on the Fanning mother thing...if both dropped out it wouldn't be just because one was having a hissy about shaving her head. They probably have one of those scary stage moms.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I believe Dakota Fanning really is on a high horse now. She's spoiled. And it was Dakota who dropped out first, almost immediately after being requested to shave her head. Elle went out later, and really, who can blame her?

And I'm quite certain it wasn't their mother who did this.

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While doing research for the role, Dakota visited a hospital with the director of the movie, Nick Cassavetes. They visited some child cancer patients so Dakota can get a better feeling of what her role entails. While in the room filled with cancer patients, Dakota was heard saying, "there is no way I will ever shave my head and look like these kids."


I'm taking that from an actual news source. And it's sickening.
You're right, Izzy. Charity isn't the same as a movie role.
But it's disgusting to see that Dakota is apparently another Hollywood diva.
What kind of girl would agree to a role as a rape victim in an attempt to get an Oscar, but refuse to shave her head to portray a leukaemia sufferer?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Ash: Hahaha, nah, for now I have no problems with Alec Baldwin.

And yeah I bet they have a scary stage-mother. Just like the mother of the Spears siblings, Lindsay Lohan, The Olsen Twins and more. And I can't believe Dakota said that, let alone that she just abruptly said it IN THE SAME ROOM AS THE PATIENTS! Wow, she really is acting like a little bitch. But then, she has always come across as fairly cold, she is commonly referred to as the "Nicole Kidman" or "Michelle Pfeiffer" of her age group after all, whilst Abigail Breslin is more like Julia Roberts or Sarah Michelle Gellar or something. But saying that in front of the patients is plain cruel.

I'm actually surprised because she's always come across as well-grounded and mature for her age in interviews and reports, I remember seeing her on The Oprah Show once and she seemed okay, I would never have thought her capable of saying something like that. And yes I agree, she did do Hound Dog just for the Oscar nomination, which she never got, but once again I believe this was her mother's decision. Everything she does is controlled by her mother, all the movies chosen, interviews done, public photo-shoots, everything... like most child-stars.

But I still would have liked to see the Fanning's portrayal on Kate and Anna. I like Abigail and all, but she and Sophie Vassileiva are completely different looking.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, so...loser that I am, I am just FINALLY starting to read My Sister's Keeper. It has been passed between a ton of my friends and it is finally my turn.

I already hate Sara. She...I just don't like her. On principal alone, I also hate the father, although he seems like a more tolerable human being.

When she said to Anna that it's not about her it's about 'us' I was outraged. There is no 'us', there is only Kate, regardless of what Kate wants.

I will probably change my mind about some of this further on in the book, but I doubt it. I am ethically opposed to manufacturing human beings.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you'll become more sympathetic towards Sara. The characters in the book are all in the grey zone. You can't hate them for their actions, because you understand the situation they were in, but you can't love them for it either.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm about 200 pages in and I still despise Sara. Everyone else...they are gray to me. She is pitch black. She knew exactly what she was doing, damn the consequences it would have on her build-a-baby. I could understand having another child naturally and hoping, and loving that other baby all the same. I do believe Sara came to love Anna, but for all the wrong reasons, and not just for her pure and beautiful existence.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anna deserved better than that. Screw being realistic.

I will probably say more later but I am way too upset right now.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gather you've finished it. I was depressed (or as close to it as possible) and upset for over a week following reading MSK.

Out of all the characters, Sara was the least likeable. I do believe she was grey in some ways, though. She did care about Anna, and she did love her as a mother, despite the twisted way in which she came to do so. But at many moments in the book, I felt anger towards her. Slapping Anna, for one, and accusing Anna of being selfish. Sara had made the decision long ago, and she should have known she'd have to deal with the consequences. Anna was a human being, with her own rights. It didn't matter whether she was "created" (ugh, the thought of a manufactured baby is disturbing) for the purpose of helping Kate. She still was a separate entity to others.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't doubt Sara loved her, but I also think that it took her far too long to see all of it was her fault. Well, Brian's fault too, but not in the same way.

Anna and Kate were just so...likeable. Kate didn't take Anna for granted like she easily could have as the center of her family-universe. Jesse didn't blame Kate for the way his parents acted and reacted because of her, he was mad at them. Most kids would never see it that way, and at first he probably didn't.

Mostly I think this was a story of how parents can screw up really bad, until something worse happens. How parents don't trust their children when they should. Treating Kate as breakable only made it harder for her. Did they not pick up on the whole wanting to be normal thing? sheesh.


I showered, and now no longer feel so hostile.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The epilogue is so mind-numbing. It just sets on the waterworks. At that point I just couldn't think about anything.
Looking back on it, though, you come to know that Sara recognised and appreciated Anna a little (or even a lot) too late. And when she'd lost her, it finally sank in what Anna had meant to her.

And I agree. The majority of the characters in the story were likeable, and real. The kids had been forced to grow up and mature early, and this clearly showwed. Despite the fact that Jesse could have easily taken out his bitterness on his sisters, he chose to open his mind up to the truth, which a lot of people would have simply disregarded in favour of the easier option.

Just... gah! The entire book is great. It raises so many questions and you can't help but really think about them. That's one of the many reasons I love it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plus how well the entire novel is written. The way Picoult uses words to describe things is utterly amazing. She also makes it so clear in who's perspective she is writing in. You would be able to tell even if there wasn't a different font for each character-- She manages to get inside all of their heads and articulate it perfectly.

I don't feel quite as mad/angry towards Sara now... Maybe it just takes some time after reading it before becoming less angry at her. At first I pretty much hated her, but now I kind of understand.. Kind of. I mean, she is just human, maybe with different values to us (about manafacturing children). She wanted to do anything to save Kate and if making Anna was the only way to do it, then you can kind of see why Sara chose that. But the way she treated Anna sometimes (like Ammy said above with the slapping etc) all you wanted to do was scream and rip out all the pages that had anything to do with Sara.

Or maybe thats just me.. Haha.

Anna is so brave, though. And mature. I so could not have handled that situation the way she did. So calmly and understanding everyone elses perspectives. I would have cracked years before if it were me, due to the harsh treatment she got.

And yeah, that epilogue. God. The only other time a book set off waterworks like that was Sirius dying. And even THAT wasn't as bad as MSK. Evil, Picoult.. Evil. In an incredibly talented and inspiring way.

The book really puts your problems into perspective. Its like.. you complain about having frizzy hair or a boy not liking you and then you read MSK and realise how stupid you have been.. Well, for me it was like that at least. My small dilemmas seemed so utterly insignificant. In a good way, though. I love it when books make you feel more grounded and humble-- otherwise I could turn into a shallow, callous pretty-girl beast. *shudder* Let us not think of that...
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Completely agreed on everything you've said, particularly the last part. I like having something that keeps me in check and forces me to look at my own situation from a broader perspective. Maybe I'll have a few bad hair days and I'll complain my way through the day, but in the end, I realise that I'm lucky to have a relatively tension free life.

By "tension" I'm referring to the grand scale of things.
It's okay to complain. That's a way of letting off steam. But it's good to be kept in check by something or another, otherwise you turn into a horrible self-centred person. Ugh.
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Well...

It seems to be a very Cameron Diaz centred movie. She's the main star and whenever a new cast goes up, things like, "Joining Cameron Diaz in..." but anyway, Alec Baldwin will be playing Campbell as you all know.

Abigail Breslin is Anna. Medium and Eloise's Sophie Versailles is playing Kate and shaved her head, which was well... unnecessary. She should have just got a bald cap. Why SHOULD she shave her head? Jason Patric will be David.

Thomas Dekker (Thoran), who plays John Connor on the TV's version of Terminator is playing Jesse. And IMO, the best actor out of the lot, Joan Cusack, will be playing Julie.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The choice for Jesse is interesting. I think Thomas Dekker is a great actor, but he's a little on the lean side for Jesse. I don't know. It's just that we were given so little as a definite physical attribute for Jesse that I expected the actor to have those minimum requirements. Still, the actor's great.

And Sophie didn't HAVE to shave her head. Even when they asked Dakota, they simply requested it from her. But I think it'll add that much more authenticity and it'll work towards building Kate's character in the film. It shows a lot of commitment to shave off your hair, particularly if it was as long as Sophie's. I'm really looking forward to seeing her.

Joan Cusack is an excellent addition to the cast. She's a LOT different to the Julia described in the book but I'd rather have actors who can really act than actors who simply look the part.

Edit: Thomas Dekker isn't playing Jesse! He's playing Kate's boyfriend who dies. Tyler, I think. Oh my God, squeeeee!!!!
Evan Ellingson is playing Jesse.
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Hahaha I totally read that as "John Cusack is playing Julie" then I got this John Tavolta in Hairspary-esque image of John Cusack.. Sigh. I need more sleep. Hehe.

Awwww... That bit with Tyler was so sad!
I don't know this Evan Ellingson. I mean, I looked him up, but does anybody know how he fares with acting?
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And Sophie didn't HAVE to shave her head. Even when they asked Dakota, they simply requested it from her. But I think it'll add that much more authenticity and it'll work towards building Kate's character in the film. It shows a lot of commitment to shave off your hair, particularly if it was as long as Sophie's. I'm really looking forward to seeing her.


Well... yes, but it also shows a lack of film-offers. Most actors/actresses wouldn't do something as drastic as shaving off their hair if they have plenty of other movie rolls to back their careers up. Ocassionally someone will do it because they really loved that character, but otherwise, not so much. Maybe Kristin Stewart, but she doesn't get many roles either. But other than that, I've only seen her in a few brief episodes of Medium (really, really, really, really boring show IMO) and Eloise, where she was about five years old, but she was super annoying that movie.

I don't know who Evan Ellingson is either. But I checked him up on IMDB and he's done several TV guest-roles, but not much else. This looks like his first movie, I think.
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