I had half an eye on Vic and Bob the other night, and they asked a question to a panelist You don’t have to read any books because the good ones are always made into films – True or False? (trueorfalsetrueorfalse???) The answer is, of course, true.
Of course again, this is not a law, merely entertaining badinage. But what if there was a book that you liked on a subject matter that you enjoyed (and perhaps imposed on a wider public)? Imagine then that a Hollywood director decided that it was a good subject for a film. That would interest you, no? Well this has actully happened with a book about year listing and the trailer is out. For those that haven’t seen it, here is the trailer for The Big Year starring a bloke with a broken nose that annoys me intensely (the man, not the nose), a bloke who only seems to be funny with a guitar round his neck, and a bloke who was evidently very funny once upon a time, but I’ll be buggered if I ever saw it….
If you have read the book in question, you will quickly realise that the plot line in the trailer seems to have little to do with the book itself. I seem to remember that the three gentlemen in question spent very little time together at all, indeed for most of the year they were unaware that there was any ‘competition’ at all. But in the trailer it seems that they all go off together on this seemingly nameless quest. Just seeing the one with the nose got my hackles up, which was a bad start. The way I understand it, the trailer is supposed to entice me to go and see the film and all it has done has enticed me to singe my pubic hairs with a hot iron as a way of avoiding watching said moving picture. It will be rubbish. If you think that this will be a true representation of the book, you will be disappointed. Twitchers are not that funny, and Hollywood cannot make money out of the true mundanity (is that a word?) and real weirdness that is out there amongst ‘rare bird enthusiasts’. You have been warned.
[And for the very anal, I am reliably informed that a Swainsons Hawk would not be seen at that altitude in normal circumstances (at 1 minute 11 seconds), and may be a fake.]