July 11, 2004


Last night I went to see a LAWN MOVIE. That’s where they set up the big screen outside and you come with blankets and chairs and picnics and lie down in the dark of night like an all-you-can-poke blood buffet for mosquitoes.

The movie was To Kill a Mockingbird unless you are a seven-year-old boy. Then you think it is HOW To Kill a Mockingbird, which probably sounds like a much better movie to you. You hope the answer to the titular question is “with mass quantities of highly unstable plastic explosives attached to ninja hurling stars thrown by some sort of mutant superhero.” When that is NOT the answer (or even the title), you eat your body weight in lemon-pops and Oreos and go to sleep on the blanket.

But your mom watches the movie and remembers several things:

1) There is NOTHING wrong with Gregory Peck. Yum.

2) Harper Lee is an astounding genius. The movie is good, but it made me remember all the things about the book that amaze me and break my heart and make my brain wake up, and I sat there with my friend Amy whispering back and forth OH REMEMBER IN THE BOOK THIS IS WHERE SCOUT…etc etc and we were both getting weepy and hysterical by turns over scenes that aren’t even IN the movie. That’s a BOOK, folks.

3) If you are a writer, and you are watching a movie made from POSSIBLY the book you admire the VERY MOST in all of life, SOMEONE is BOUND to come up and say to you, “Wow. Bet you wish you wrote THAT book, huh?” And then you will become six inches tall and squat on your blanket imagining all your friends around you are secretly shaking their heads sadly as they cluck and tut at your complete failure to be Harper Lee and write the best book in the universe, win the Pulitzer, and retire….

Who is it all about? That’s right. Me.

Could someone please pass the explosive ninja hurling stars?

Posted by joshilyn at July 11, 2004 7:43 AM

Please. The person who made that comment can ALWAYS be trusted to chew on his shoe at any given moment. Therefore his comments are to be completely ignored. Besides - we kicked his patootie at movie trivia, didn't we? So there!

Posted by: Her friend Amy at August 21, 2004 8:59 PM