You've Got Mail, redux
Remember the fluffy 1998 romantic comedy, You've Got Mail, directed by Nora Ephron? I stumbled on the last half recently while watching TV in a mind-numbed state -- instead of doing what I should have been doing.
On the surface, it's a sweet story about a girl (Meg Ryan) and guy (Tom Hanks) who fall in love via their online correspondence. At the time, email was a novelty and modems made eerie outer space sounds during the connection process.
Underneath the fluff, was a darker David and Goliath subplot I'd kind of forgotten about. The Tom Hanks character owns a chain bookstore that mows down Meg Ryan's small independent children's book shop.
Watching it now, the movie seemed like a quaint period piece, even though it was just 13 years ago. There was something oddly nostalgic about watching an indie bookseller being trounced by a chain bookstore from today's perspective, when one of the Goliath book chains has just come tumbling down.
Anyway, everything ends up okay in the end. Meg Ryan's character writes a children's book, and everyone lives happily ever after.
I know things have been gloomy here lately, but don't worry, I promise some fun things are coming up soon, like the blog tour for Quacky Baseball -- the new picture book by Peter Abrahams, illustrated by Frank Morrison -- that just came out this week (Harper Collins). Please stay tuned.
In the meantime, seen any good nostalgic movies lately?