So, during a break yesterday, I flipped through some TV stations and ran across the movie adaptation of Danielle Steel's STAR. Oh man -- the memories that brought back! I, for whatever reason, loved that book when I was younger. I think it's because there's a singer featured in it and well, when I was a kid, that's all I dreamed of doing -- being on the stage, in the spotlight, singing for the world. Yeah, I was a sap. (g) I had high ambitions of being on Broadway -- that goal lasted until I was in college (as a voice minor who couldn't stand choir practice), but every now and then they spring back up when I see auditions being listed at the community playhouse, etc. Someday, perhaps -- for now, I'll content myself with the occasional go at the mic in a karaoke bar.
Anyway -- the point of my post. How in the world did I like that book so much?!? (g) I'm watching this movie, thinking to myself, this is C-R-A-P. (g) Don't get me wrong, everyone loves a good romance every now and then -- something to pass the time away under the sun, cheer you up, whatever. But, man -- STAR is just depressing. I found myself wondering why so many people choose to spend their hard earned cash on those books. I mean, the MC's are in love with each other, but it seems they always end up marrying someone else...staying with that person despite the availability of their true love, etc. I haven't read many Danielle Steel's -- maybe even just that one, but I've seen a couple of the movies. They're all the same. How does that happen??
I remember there was a discussion about these books on the writers forum I belong to -- someone posited the theory that they're like comfort food. Dependable. Hmm. I dunno -- to me, they're depressing. LOL. I hate seeing the two MC's spend years, sometimes decades apart, only to get together at the very end of the story -- when they're OLD and all kinds of used up. That's not romance, that's sad.
Okay -- anyway, I find this whole thing fairly ironic given the new book idea I have. LOL. I'll leave it at that.
FWIW -- I still liked the music in STAR -- despite Jenny Garth doing a horrible job at lipsynching. (g) You know, I think the book was better than the movie... Oh heaven help me. :)