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101 Books: The Movie

Red stage curtain with arch entrance

If you will, imagine with me:

A man, mid-thirties, brown hair, sits on a couch. In his hands, he holds Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with a mild expression of pain and discomfort on his face. He looks puzzled. The soft sounds of a SportsCenter anchor eminate in the background.

A 3-year-old boy runs past, pushing a plastic lawnmower out of which the lower torso of an upside-down Buzz Lightyear pertrudes from the plastic gas tank.

The man’s lovely wife, now seven months pregnant, asks the man if he will bring a laundry basket downstairs. He replies, “Honey, can’t you see I’m reading Judy Blume here?”

[Fade to black.]

Cue Announcer: In a world where literature has been replaced by reality television, where the bookshelf has been relocated from the living room to the attic, one man set out to single-handedly change the face of literature as we know it.

He didn’t do that. But he did read a lot. He read on couches and comfy chairs and at lunch tables. In beds and on floors and in bathrooms. He just read.

This is 101 Books: The Movie.

One man. One couch. 101 Books.

Cue overly-dramatic symphonic music. 

***

Might this be the worst movie idea ever? I think so.

But, you know, there was that one movie, Julie and Julia, about the girl who blogged through the Julia Child cookbook. How does that ever translate to film? But somehow it did.

But, no, 101 Books: The Movie might be the worst movie idea ever. You might as well just put a small camera in my “man room” so you can watch me sit on the couch and read for two hours. How riveting! Isn’t there a documentary about the science of drying paint that might be more interesting?

But maybe I’m too cynical.

So what do you think…101 Books: The Movie. Would you watch?

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25 Comments Post a comment
  1. sorry, but um no…

    July 10, 2013
  2. Louise Allan #

    I’d watch …

    July 10, 2013
  3. Matt #

    You’ve got it all wrong! The movie wouldn’t be about you just reading books, it would be about all the drama around the process of you reading the books. That’s how the Julie and Julia movie was. Arguments with your wife, pressures at work, troubles with kid. It’s a winner!

    July 10, 2013
    • wetpenguin77 #

      Furthermore, it could involve Woody Allen-esque scenes in cafes and museums on the surface discussing various books but the subtext would be about things, complete with subtitles like in “Annie Hall”.

      You’ve also got to take into consideration that your blog isn’t all about you. It’s also about the readers. So this could include how your blog affects us, your audience. You don’t really know who we are in most cases and you don’t know what effect you have on us. You don’t know who may be reading…Mwa-ha-ha

      July 10, 2013
      • Now I like the way you think! Good ideas.

        July 10, 2013
  4. Anne Jones #

    Depends on the actors/actresses. If the real characters portray themselves it’s a shoo-in for an Academy Award!

    July 10, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on FERRARI.

    July 10, 2013
  6. The NSA loves that movie. :/

    July 10, 2013
    • Haha. The truth.

      July 10, 2013
  7. With everything for media… you’ve got to put a spin on it. Reading Judy Blume. Sounds like a coming-of-age story for melodramatic highschoolers. Add an out-of-school man and expressionless actors and you’ve got a Wes Anderson flick.

    July 10, 2013
  8. Reblogged this on gemmamillenson.

    July 10, 2013
  9. Haha!! I’d probably watch it. I did, after all, watch some of Julie and Julia.

    July 10, 2013
  10. Eddie B #

    Starring Leo DiCaprio?

    July 10, 2013
    • Sadly, probably more like Tobey Maguire.

      July 10, 2013
  11. I love the discussion who would play the guy in his “mid-thirties”…

    Julie/Julia worked because of Amy/Meryl.

    I like the Tobey Maguire but he played Spiderman.

    Would Spiderman read “Are you there God? It’s me Margaret”?

    What about Jon Heder or Jesses Eisenberg?

    But wouldn’t we want a more age appropriate actor closer to 40?

    Maybe Brad Pitt? or George Clooney?

    Just saying…

    July 10, 2013
    • Pitt or Clooney? Well, I’m honored. But even though I’m getting up there…maybe they are too old.

      July 11, 2013
  12. sylviemarieheroux #

    What I want to know… What about the casting?

    July 10, 2013
  13. sylviemarieheroux #

    *** He read on couches and comfy chairs and at lunch tables. In beds and on floors and in bathrooms. He just read. ***

    How about in the car in the office parking lot at lunch time?

    July 10, 2013
    • Absolutely!

      July 11, 2013
  14. Matt & wetpenguin77 are right!!!! :DDDD Reading books could be the main topic but the movie can develop lots of stories from there !!! i would whatch it!!

    July 10, 2013
    • Sweet! Now I think we have 3 potential viewers!

      July 11, 2013
  15. Reblogged this on Adithya Entertainment.

    July 11, 2013
  16. maybe

    July 11, 2013
  17. Sissy #

    If Life of Pi can translate into a movie, then I guess anything is possible.

    July 12, 2013
  18. If it came out on redbox, I’d watch it.

    July 13, 2013

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