New Books

I was taking a mid-afternoon Barnes & Noble.com break, when the list of the hour's best selling books struck me. The top four were:
  1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  2. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I by Julia Child
  3. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
What I found so interesting was that they were all associated with movies in some way or another. The Lost Symbol is the newest in the DaVinci Code series. ...French Cooking is the subject of the newly released Julie & Julia. Philippa Gregory found the spotlight with The Other Boleyn Girl. The Time Traveler's Wife is also a newly release romantic flick. What does this mean? I really have no clue. Maybe our imaginations are stunted and need the visuals of film to go along with our books. Maybe film does an admirable job in sparking interest in topics that had since been covered in dust. Maybe I'm babbling.

I will admit this little story though.
One cloudy evening, I was bored in the little college town I was working in at the time. Deciding to venture out into the world, I haphazardly made my way around the streets and eventually over to the movie theater. What was playing when I arrived? None other than The Other Boleyn Girl. With nothing better to do, I snuggled into the mostly empty theater with my popcorn somewhere in the back and was never the same. The Other Boleyn Girl tuned my eyes to the first season of The Tudors at the video store, which I managed to watch nearly the entire season in one night while baking banana bread. I was finally led to the internet to settle discrepincies, which lead to even more discrepincies, which led to books and videos and everything else in between. I was appalled by the time I finally got around to reading The Other Boleyn Girl because I knew better by then, but it did what I assume was its job: it perked my interest enough to make me want to know more. Voila! Here we are today.