Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday, The Sequel

Movies I can’t watch because…

…bad things happen to a dog.

I can generally tolerate some violence in movies and literature, but Leave The Dogs alone.

Here I am holed up in the bedroom on my laptop because Nick and Rob are watching I Am Legend. And while I hold Will Smith right up there with John Cusack as a “must watch” actor, I knew something bad is going to happen to Sam, the German Shepherd after watching for about five minutes. Mind you, I'm NOT watching, so I Don't Know That For Sure. But I am sure. And I can’t stand it. Part of it is the curse of the Writer's Instinct. Because I KNOW that if I were writing that screenplay, I'd kill off the dog to create personal conflict. It sucks to not be able to watch movies or read books like a normal person.

To the topic at hand, I couldn’t read Sounder either. Never even cracked the pages of Where The Red Fern Grows. Wouldn’t even attempt to sit through Old Yeller.

The Butterfly Effect drove me nuts. I did kind of like reading The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be though. But I quit reading the Little House on the Prairie series for months when I was a kid when Jack the Brindle Bulldog died in By The Shores of Silver Lake. I think that was the one book in the series I didn’t own – I had the rest, but that one I visited in the school library.

Heck, I didn’t really like 101 Dalmatians – I worried about Cruella the whole way through. Don’t get me started on Turner and Hooch.

Am I too sensitive? Probably so. Would I change myself? Nope. This sort of sensitivity is part of the definition of Jenn. So I’m gonna watch Lady and the Tramp.

PS. Stay tuned for my FUN MONDAY debut…

4 comments:

kclynn89 said...

I repeat - do not watch "I AM LEGEND"...

Patience-please said...

Oh Bill just got that from Netflix. I will make sure I am NOT HOME when he watches it. In the novel I'm writing, bad things happen to the hero, a little dog whose character relies heavily on Mama Pajama for inspiration. Sometimes I can't write any more, and I have to jump forward or back and write of happier times.

Patience

Celeste said...

Sad but true: there is a horrific scene in Old Yeller....the wild boar does a nasty to the dog. I was reading the book when I was in 3rd grade and I fainted -- in class. When I came to, the teacher told me that I had to go home. I didn't want to go home (nerd child at a young age). I knew I needed to NOT finish the book. I don't think I ever did.....

Pamela said...

me neither. Can't watch cruelty of any kind -- specially to kids and dumb animals.

Not saying I believe in hell - but if there is one, there is a special place for those who perpetrate pain on the innocent.

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