I’ve got absolutely no intention of checking out this summer’s first or second most-talked about films.
You can keep your Harry Potter because I’m an adult and have therefore out-grown wizards and insightful owls.
And now I’m boycotting One Day as well.
The fact that American actress, Anne Hathaway, is playing a Yorkshire lass has got nothing to do with it. She says she watched Emmerdale to nail her accent and that is as authentic white rose county as you can get, pet.
My beef is that I loved David Nicholls’ book so much that I fail to believe it can be turned into a half as meaningful film.
I won’t spoil the ending for any of you who do want to see it at the cinema this bank holiday Monday, but it’s enough to say there’s a twist in this tale that will make your throat go all lumpy.
That twist, however, isn’t meant to bash you between the eyes while all those around you munch on big buckets of popcorn and slurp giant-size drinks.
There are some books that just shouldn’t become films and it’s a compliment to Nicholls to say that One Day is most definitely one of them.
Yet you know that any really good story you have the pleasure of reading in paperback these days is bound to end up as a film within an indecent amount of months.
Back in Charles Dickens’ day it simply wasn’t an option. But even that hasn’t stopped producers from re-visiting every classic they can find and giving it the old razzle-dazzle film treatment.
Does no-one in Hollywood have an original idea of their own?
Frankly, I’ve had enough because it just makes society rather lazy. People think they don’t need to bother with books any more and go instead for the easy option.
Ultimately, of course, they’re the losers because those printed pages will always give you more than any special effect or million pound budget can buy.
Some books are sacred. They’re meant to be quiet and unassuming. Not replicated via the use of fake boobs or loud bangs.
Editing them down into 90 minutes and expecting people to devour them in the company of 200 other people just devalues the story.