Cue me wasting a whole afternoon on a giant five-parter fanmix.
(...I think I may like the cover best of all.)
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Whew, so my recent frenzied film rewatches have finally brought this into being! It’s been burning a hole in my mind for awhile.
I LOVE Stand by Me. I sorta wish I could send flowers to my childhood’s VHS rental store, just for having it in their collection. It’s really almost as though they had this film just for me and my friends to grow up on. Some years ago, I also found the Stephen King novella it was based on (The Body), and I soaked up everything else that I didn’t know about my favorite characters. They’re almost real to me, I can’t even tell you.
The thing is: this isn't only a ‘critics-approved’ film. Nope. It’s totally beloved, and no wonder. Anybody could see a bit of themselves in it. It’s all about childhood and goldenness and losing innocence when you didn’t know you still had it; it’s about being yanked into harsher waters and trying to stay afloat, when you're still not quite ready to "grow up". And it is about friendship. Oh, is it about friendship!
It also revolves all around four boys, and that was always fine by me. After all, their journey in the movie quite isolates them from (almost!) everyone else in the world.
But like anyone who eats up the character-study goodness of a gender!swap, I’ve been having a blast re-imagining Stand by Me. Let’s say the golden summer and the sweet melancholy strain and everything else in this story stay intact…but let’s say that these familiar characters were all young girls! Girls living in the shadows of their mothers and their sisters; four girls who go questing down the railroad tracks…
Well, why ever not? Other than the character-study aspect of it, fantasy casting is always hella FUN. : )
“It was almost noon as we set out to find the body of a dead kid named Rachel Brower…”
Mmmmm, so during the Hunger Games movie, I was filled to the brim with bread.
Icon used because misery loves company, and OMG WINTER IS COMING.
+ I just heard that Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes is going to be made into a movie, as is Madeleine L’Engle’s Camilla. I wonder if this is going to be a new trend: classic slice-of-life YA books getting turned into movies. I mean: the movie studios are still snatching up the rights to Paranormal Romance novels, aren’t they? And I think the dystopian YA books will follow suit.
+ It’s just too bad that Madeleine L’Engle never lived to see any great adaptation of her books. I know she hated the Wrinkle in Time TV movie, and from what I’ve heard, the Ring of Endless Light one does not even begin to touch the absolute amazing-ness of the book (also: whyyy would you cast Jared ‘Puppyface’ Padalecki as the bad boy anti-hero? Really??).
I am really happy that publishing companies seem intent on reprinting Madeleine’s entire body of work. Bought a whole new set of them over the holidays. Finally I got to read her rare standalones and got around to the rest of the Austin books that I never read (or: only read once) in my adolescence. See, I loved Meg Murry a whole lot (still do!), but I was Vicky Austin. **
I recently reread my lovely, by-now-falling-apart Time Quartet collection, the books about the Murry family.
...One day, I WILL learn to write an organized book!post.