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Fever Pitch - The Phantom Librarian
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Fever Pitch
I went to see Fever Pitch today. It can't possibly be faithful to the book the credits say it's based on--no way has there been a book, an option on the book, an adaptation, and a fully filmed movie since October, and October is included in it--but it's a sweet, nice movie, and has many pretty Boston things in it. Jimmy Fallon is adorable, and Drew Barrymore... honestly, she gives a good performance. She's really found her stride in these romantic comedies.

Of course, seeing it here is an experience. The audience applauded the first shot of Fenway Park, Johnny Damon's butt, and the Hancock building and Trinity Church, and there was much murmuring about "What school is that...?" "Where are they...?" You get to see the Sox on the Duck Tour buses going into the Charles and the crowd around the park on game day (which looks very happy in the movie and is a pain in the butt to get through on the way home from work). Anyway, it made me happy. A sports-fan movie may be as close as we'll ever get to our own brand of fandom, and it's totally mainstreamed... and he's not one of those casual sports fans either. He's the sports equivalent of someone who goes to every con and keeps an encyclopedic website.

So, I'll klept this from mafdet:
I wanted to start a meme on odd things that make people absurdly happy. So here's what I want from you guys: write three things in your journal that give you a strange amount of satisfaction.

1. Rivers. G-d knows why, but I'll twist myself into a pretzel while riding along to catch a glimpse of a river. I switched bus routes and now see the Charles on the way to work, and it makes the day a lot better. I also love the Niagara and the Genessee, and even the Rio Pequeño up there in Albuquerque. And the Mystic and the Muddy and the Potomac and the Delaware and the Hudson. The one time I crossed the country by car, I was very excited about the Mississippi, and am much looking forward to seeing it again when I visit a friend who lives nearby next month. There's something about knowing that if you follow a river, you always end up someplace--you can't get lost when there's a river, but you can get somewhere totally alien. It's funky. They're also pretty. I like tracing them on maps, too. Is that deviant? ;)

2. Spring. All winter I kvetch and wonder why I moved back someplace that's cold and snowy. Then you get a day like today, when everyone in the city starts to realize that it's really coming to an end, and I swear, half the city was out on the Common, and the other half was just walking aimlessly around enjoying it. It wasn't exactly warm--especially as the hour got later--but it was gobsmackingly beautiful. Great spring green grass, squirrels running around, clear blue sky--I love the color combo of green grass, blue skies, and red bricks.

3. People having fun in fandom. We get on each other's nerves a lot, but we've got all of these inside jokes and neat stuff, and it's just really fun when they all come together.
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duncatra From: duncatra Date: April 10th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a very loose adaption - the original book is by a Brit and about soccer. The Sox winning was kind of a last minute addition since, well, they were filming at the winning game.

And that's all I know, mainly gathered from skimming stuff about the movie.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 10th, 2005 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha--I'd say that's a loose adaptation to the point of being nothing more than "inspired by"!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 10th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
(And I guessed that was a last minute addition. The way it was pasted together at the beginning and end was a dead giveaway. But it was certainly a convenient year for them to be filming Sox games!)
litlefallofrain From: litlefallofrain Date: April 10th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparantly they had to rewrite the entire ending to the movie, because the Sox did what they weren't supposed to do, and won the series.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: April 10th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Spring almost makes winter worth it, doesn't it? Here, too. :)

(I want to steal this meme but will have to think about my answers first...)
autosolarium From: autosolarium Date: April 10th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm the same way about rivers. I love them! Every time I'm in a car driving somewhere out in the middle of nowhere and I see a beautiful river, I just want to go jump in it. Or lie on the banks and stare at it.

Just a few hours ago, I was following rivers (the Columbia, mostly) on the satellite map google has. I just sat here looking at this map and then clicking along the screen, letting the river lead me way off into the mountains, plains, ocean. It was great.
awaywithpixie From: awaywithpixie Date: April 10th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Rivers are awesome. Living in a 'river' city, I can't avoid mine as work is on the opposite side to where I live, but every morning as my bus passes over the bridge, I always stop reading and check out the aquatic activity - from rowers to ferries to the pedestrians on the adjacent footbridge - it's all happening. I only wish it were a lot cleaner. And I'm such a river nut, I recently joined the Wilderness Society (I'm a card carrying greenie now) all to save the wild rivers from development!
shagsthedustmop From: shagsthedustmop Date: April 10th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
They made an American version of Fever Pitch?

I saw the British version when I first went to London back in '96-97 or so. It was funny but disturbing how one-dimensional those guys were. It wouldn't be so hard to adapt to an American sport I think.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: April 10th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agree on all counts. As for fandom - you're right. Besides, even debating is fun when it's good natured.

And spring... spring is wonderful. Here in MD, we don't always get a lot of it, but this year, we have been. (Other years, it's been from 50 to 80, from 80 to 52, from 52 to 79, from 79 to 45). We've had very nice 59-70 degree days, and it really is a relief. Not that I'm not anticipating 80 degree weather... ;)
cl1ffhanger From: cl1ffhanger Date: April 10th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello! I'm not a part of your friends list, but I stumbled upon this: http://www.livejournal.com/users/ladyjaida/378762.html and thought you would like to know that you and your story "The Doll Army" are mentioned in Movie Magic!

:)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 10th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, both of you! That's neat. I'll have to see if I can pick up a copy. Though they dropped a word when they copy-pasted my summary. Kind of an eclectic assortment of stories, there--does anyone know who the reporter is? I'm curious as to what paths were followed.
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