Friday, April 15, 2011

little shop

I really can't believe that I haven't posted about this before. I certainly spend entirely too much time thinking about it. So, here goes:

I've been watching a lot of You've Got Mail lately. I don't really have that large of a variety of DVDs and when I'm stressed and/or overwhelmed, I tend to watch a familiar movie over and over again, more for noise in the background than for anything else. This is one of those movies. (If I'm spending time away from the computer, time in the living room, I have a VHS cassette (is that redundant?) I often watch. Last night, I actually sat in the living room a bit and had to remark to Cardo that it'd been a strangely long time since I'd sat on our couch.)

There are a few things that just get me about that movie. Among others is the fact that Kathleen Kelly, the owner of a small, independent children's bookstore, frequents Starbucks. At one point, she accuses one of the executives of a large chain bookstore of being a part of a homogenizing mochaccino-land (or something very similar) and, yet, she patronizes Starbucks. No, I really don't think people should be perfect, but I'm not talking about real people. I'm talking about a movie and characters within that. And, I don't really think that the movie-making-people in this case are trying to make a film about "real people." So, I want my characters to fit their stereotypes. Kelly is a local/indie person. No Starbucks! (I, on the other hand, am a real person. I do occasionally go to Starbucks. I also try to do way more shopping local than I did before. So, yeah.)

Also, every time I watch that movie, I think how cool it would be to own my very own children's bookstore, or, rather, a used bookstore. Apparently I learned nothing from Kelly's shop's fate. I'm like those people who think how incredibly romantic Romeo and Juliet is even though (spoiler alert!) both the title characters off themselves in the end.

I might say more, but that's enough for now. And, anyhow, Pic wants me to go play grocery store right now.