Sunday, September 6, 2009

helpful hints for bookstore customers, part 6

Please, best beloved customers, please do not ask if we know the difference between abridged and unabridged. Just don't.

And seeing the movie version of something does not make someone unfit to read the book. Eyeballs can be used in different ways, you know, and watching a movie does not instantly negate your brain.

And referring to people who see movie adaptations of books as "those sort of people" is not, actually, a helpful thing to say. "Those sort of people"? What does that even mean? People who like movies? People who like stories? I don't think it means what you think it means, or even what you want it to mean. Do you only imbibe your fiction in unadulterated prose? Have you never seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or "The English Patient" or "Fight Club" or "The Graduate"? You poor, poor thing.


Kat Howard said...

Or "The Princess Bride" of "Atonement" or "Pride and Prejudice" or "Coraline" or... Seeing something in a new medium can help a person love it in a new way.

And the unabridged dictionary makes a much more satisfying thud when dropped, accidentally, on the big toe of a rude person. That, I believe, is the difference.

Megan Kurashige said...

I like that. "Well, actually, unabridged is more concussion-worthy."