April 12, 2006

Off Magazine Street


I found this novel at the library, because it's the basis/inspiration for a movie that we found at the video store a couple of weeks ago. My wife isn't a filmfreak like I am and she shops the shallow shelves without the jaundiced eye and prejudice that I have. The movie she discovered is called Love Song for Bobby Long, and features Scarlett Johannson whom I love, and, unfortunately, John Travolta. But, this is about the book. Ronald Capps wrote it -- his one and only novel so far. The book didn't come out until after the movie did, so one assumes that the publishing house was hoping John and Scarlett might get it some attention. Anyway, it's not bad -- much better than I expected. Although this is one of the rare instances where the movie is actually better than the book. I didn't think that was allowed but it happened here. (Evidence of my assertion is that I can't seem to help digressing back into the movie. The flick must've made a bigger impact.) She who directed and wrote the screenplay did a better job with the premise than Capps did. I'm sorry but her name escapes me and I'm too lazy to look it up. Remember, this is about the book. The story takes place in New Orleans; one has to have a little sentimental attraction to The Big Easy after the big storm. Two older guys, Bobby and Byron, take in a teenage cutie after her Mom dies, and inspire her to educational goals, all the while lusting after her young body and consuming daily fifths of vodka. The backstories on the characters are what makes things interesting -- that and the old boys' methods of getting young Hanna to stay in New Orleans, go to school, learn, and become a fuller human being.
Posted by Wayne at April 12, 2006 09:03 PM
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