We recently went to the theater to see the movie Book Club. Have you seen it?  We enjoyed it tremendously. The acting was superb, the writing was above average, we had a lot of laughs and the message was upbeat for people our age. What more could you ask?

Why aren’t there more movies like that for people our age? For that matter, why aren’t there more books like that for people our age?

When Best Exotic Marigold Hotel came out, we loved it. The sequel wasn’t as good, but it was still fun to watch. I liked the original so much that I got the book and read it. The book on which the movie is based was a bit darker, but as with good books in general, it was able to go into far greater depth on its subject. I have always felt that if forced to choose between a good book and a good movie, the book is usually the better way to tell the story. How about you?

Don’t get me wrong. I love going to see the next Mission Impossible movie, but probably would not read a book on which those movies are based. For us, those kinds of movies are a great escape and fun time. We don’t expect realism. In fact, maybe we don’t want realism. We just want to be entertained. But when telling a story that supposedly reflects real life, we want believable characters and story lines.

Book Club was a fun movie, and I’d be happy to see it again, but like most movies, it couldn’t plumb the depths of life after retirement. It chose one subject and presented it well, but so many others were glossed over, probably because they are depressing. Yet, in a book, you have time to tell a more complex story and find a way to resolve problems. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was better that way, as it dealt with death, finances, love and health, not just sex and relationships. But that, to me, is the difference between a book and a movie, and it is rare that a movie translates into a rich, multi-layered story.

If you like my Autumn In The Desert series, you’ll probably like the movies Book Club and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I’d love to hear what you think of them, and how you feel about books vs. movies. Please comment below.

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