Paul and I just got back from a trip to Seattle to visit fellow Gaycondo author Nickey. We had a good time (which has never happened the other 5 or so times we’ve been there), and I am happy to say that after six years of disdain for Portland’s neighbor to the North, I have now officially upgraded Seattle from hate to indifference.
While we were visiting, we went to the grocery store to buy some beer. After checking out, we got sucked into the book section near the exit. There was the usual grocery store fodder (Twilight novels, Anne Coulter garbage, etc…), but what I found most eye-catchingly inane was this:
That’s right. It’s a novelization-movie-tie-in book of the movie Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire.
I could understand why the movie itself had such a wordy and seemingly unneccessary title (there was already a dumb super hero movie called Push earlier this year), but to actually rename the book after the movie, though delightfully postmodern, is actually pretty insulting both to Sapphire herself as well as the book reading community in general.
When Paul and I first started dating (8 years ago bitches!), one of our first homo bonding moments was reading and discussing Push together. It is a seriously upsetting and enthralling read. When I heard about the movie, I pretty mush immediately decided not to see it because one of the following two scenarios would be true:
a.) It would be watered down and not do justice to the book.
b.) It wouldn’t be watered down, and would therefore be extremely upsetting and probably a little exploitative/offensive. It’s pretty hard to make an unflinching movie about a brutalized black woman without getting it all tangled up in sexist/racist/sexualized exploitation. Not to mention, the imagery in the book is so disturbing, it’s not really something I am interested in seeing acted out. Like the difference between reading about a car crash and actually seeing one, I don’t need to go there visually.
I just hope that Sapphire is getting a butt load of money to fill the void left by the huge turd that she was forced to excrete.
Word of advice: Skip the movie, and instead buy a used copy of the original book.