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Actors in My Head

The Bourne IdentityMatt Damon is in my head and he won't leave. I am finally reading The Bourne Identity and I picture Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. I know what you are thinking: "Oh! How horrible! Don't movies just ruin books?!" But I don't feel that way. I loved the Bourne movies so I am happy to see Matt's dimples in my mind's eye.

I felt more strongly about the movie version of Michael Cunningham's The Hours. I liked it so much more than the book! It wasn't just the high-powered talent; the medium of film made the story immediate and intense in a way that the page just couldn't match.

What's not to love about the film versions of Lord of the Rings? Ok, I miss Tom Bombadil, too, but how long did you want the movies to be? Something had to go.

Jane AustenIs there anything left in the Jane Austen (seen here as a lovely action figure with removable quill!) oeuvre that has not been made into a movie? Some are better than others — like the novels, really. Emma Thompson will always be Miss Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility.

I waited years before I watched the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. I like to read the book every few years and I did not want Gregory Peck in my head! I shouldn't have worried because he is a wonderful Atticus.

A Series of Unfortunate EventsOn the other hand, is there anything redeeming about the movie version of A Series of Unfortunate Events? Ok, you either love Jim Carrey or you don't. I'm in the first camp, but even he couldn't save the movie. I worry that The Spiderwick Chronicles movie will be as bad as the Lemony Snicket... Just a few more days and we'll know for sure!

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