Thanks to a reader of my blog, I was informed that the Hallmark channel was showing the movie, At Home in Mitford, based on the book by Jan Karon. I set up the DVR and told Marvin( who wishes he could live in Mitford) that we would save it for Friday night when we could sit down together to enjoy the program.
Friday night came, we settled down in our comfy chairs and hit PLAY.
I am sorry to tell you that we might have watched 15 minutes before we just turned it off. Hallmark was ruining the version of this story that I have had in my mind for years. When I read a book, it is almost as if a movie is playing in my head and Hallmark and I were not on the same wave length. I would be interested to know if any of my readers watched the movie and their opinions. I am not against movies of my favorite books. I loved the Harry Potter series. Hunger Games was also a winner. Gone with the Wind...honestly who could have played Rhett Butler but Clark Gable? I am just going to remember Father Tim and the town of Mitford as I viewed it in my own brain.
I started reading the book, Mockingbird Songs by Wayne Flynt. It is a series of letters that were exchanged between Mr Flynt and Nelle Harper Lee. Mr Flynt spoke at a local library fund raiser but I was unable to attend so I am going to have to question my friend, Susan, who heard the author relate his experience with Miss Lee. I was a bit disappointed in this book as it seemed as if the author was trying to stay on Nelly's "good side". Our famous Alabama authoress was known for her wish to be left alone. She was seldom seen in public and if you wanted to be her friend, you better respect her privacy. Mr Flynt was allowed into Nelle's inner circle because he was a fairly well known Alabama historian and Nelle and her sister, Alice, loved history of every type. As I read this book, I am coming to think that very few people really knew Harper Lee and that was the way she wanted it.
I think I am ready for some light reading so I will pick up a cozy mystery that friend, Susan, loaned me. It is titled Digging Up the Dirt by Miranda James and features two old Southern Sisters who are active in the local Garden Club. Of course someone gets murdered and I will have to figure out Who Done It???
If you are looking for something to watch on TV, I would recommend Endeavor which is airing right now on Public Television. Marvin and I loved the old MYSTERY series, Morse and Endeavor is a look at Morse as a young policeman. ( His first name was Endeavor...he would never tell anyone his given name in the Morse series). This program takes place in the mid 60s so that makes it interesting as well. It is being aired on Sunday evenings. Also Marvin and I are waiting impatiently for Jeopardy to return after the six weeks of reruns of tournaments. We so enjoy our nightly visit with Alex Trebek!
So...I am open to suggestions. Books? TV shows? Give me your best suggestions.