Tuesday, December 28, 2004

I'm a Lean, Mean, Reading Machine

These past 2 days I have been consumed by mysterious symbols, complex characters, murder, betrayal, solving clues, history and art.

I finally read Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code.' I started on it yesterday and finished it today. I don't think I've ever read a book that fast before. Besides all the rave reviews and what not, I knew I was going to enjoy it as soon as read the first page. What I liked about it was how it delved straight into the action and then cleverly explained things throughout the book. I like a book that can make me go "Hmmm oh I see, NOW I get it!"

It was definatley written to be made into a blockbuster action movie. It has all the necessary ingredients. Action, suspense, murder, mystery, adventure, a hint of romance and comedy - all rolled into one!

I've also finally finished 'Geisha - The secret history of a vanishing world' by Lesley Downer and 'Geisha' by Liza Dalby, the only foreigner ever to become an actual geisha. It took me a while to get through both of them but I guess because it details a lot about the history and culture that my brain had to chew through, absord and understand. Whereas I easily got caught up with the action of 'The Da Vinci Code.'

Apparently 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha' are to be made into movies. I think both have definite storylines that will intrigue and interest. Though I'm quite interested in how they will produce 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. I've read that it will be in English and also that Steven Spielberg was to direct it but now there might have been some changes, and some names rumoured to be in it are Li Gong, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe and Ziyi Zhang.

Well this is my 2 cents. I think it should be done in Japanese with subtitles and that they should have more Japanese actors in it, especially playing the lead. Don't get me wrong, I loved Zhang's work in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and so forth but I reckon being a Japanese story, having actual Japanese actors will make it more authentic.

Nonetheless I'm looking forward to watching both on the big screens. I'm one of those people who likes to know what happens in the end of a movie.


At 9:33 pm, Blogger Safari said...

Hey Chris, I've read both books too.

Re: Da Vinci Code
They're making the movie and its apparently going to star Russel Crowe, Tom Hanks and George Clooney. can't figure out who would play what but I reackon maybe Crowe as Langdon, Hanks as Silas?? and Clooney who knows. I got M Dan Brown's follow up books, Deception Point and Digital Fortress. I recommend Digital Fortress.

Re: Geisha
I didn't like this one as much as Memoirs but detailed alot of history and background which was interesting.

At 11:54 pm, Blogger Christine said...

Hey thanks for your recommendations!

Re: Dan Brown - ooOOoo follow ups aye? might have to suss it out. Have you read the one before? Angels & Demons?

Re: Geisha - Yeah I guess I enjoyed Memoirs more for its storyline, it being fiction and based on a man's research, but I enjoyed Geisha because of its non-fiction real life insight into the culture, history and way of life.


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