Friday, March 03, 2006
I love John Irving books. My two favorite are The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire. Last night, I was scrolling through the free movies offered on Comcast and saw a listing for The Hotel New Hampshire. I had no idea it was even a movie (it was filmed in 1984), so of course, I was intrigued and had to watch. Guess who's in it? A young Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe, and a toddler Seth Green. So weird! Although the book is fabulous, like all Irving novels, it's pretty warped and twisted. Plots involving trained bears, rape, terrorism, incest, suicidal clowns, midgets, and taxidermy don't necessarily make good movie fodder. It's the sort of novel I'm hesitant to recommend to people, in case they find it offensive and decide that I'm some kind of sicko for liking it. But you readers are likely already aware of the fact that I am indeed a sicko, so I'll go ahead and recommend the novel. As for the movie, skip it, unless you're a big Jodie Foster or Rob Lowe fan.