So- my high school BFF tells me I'm reading too much trash and I need to elevate my literary choices. She recommends that we read (or in her particular case-reread) the classic- "To Kill A Mockingbird." Mind you, I have nothing against the classics. In fact, I have read many a classic in my day. (Thank you Mr. Walker, high school literature teacher.) I just have gotten out of the habit. I prefer to subject the remaining brain cells I have to easy, breezy and sometimes cheesy reading. I liken it to giving my brain a break- I think way to hard during the day and my brain needs down time too!
So, BFF says- let's listen to this literary gem. Great- off to my local library to check out the book on tapes section. First- I was little afraid of those 11 discs. It seemed like too much of a commitment. But, then, seeing that one of my favorite actresses, Sissy Spacek was the narrator, I decided I would jump right in!
Let me make something perfectly clear, I don't necessarily think that Sissy Spacek is all that spectacular of an actress. I mean she's good and she has won an Academy Award. (Who doesn't love "Coal Miner's Daughter?" I know you were probably thinking "Carrie" right?) Anyways, what I really love about Sissy is her voice. She has this smooth, southern drawl that sets my spine a tinglin'. If I were Southern, I would want to sound just like her. In fact, I think I can sound just like her when I turn on the drawl.
So, I begin my journey with Scout, Jim and Atticus Finch. I am instantly mesmerized by Sissy's voice and her ability to make these characters come alive in my mind's eye. I find myself inventing reasons to drive just so I may enjoy a visit with my new friends on CD. Here's the problem. I'm a nervous wreck! I'm one disc away from the end, and I am so worried that something just awful is gonna happen to one of my beloved characters. (Again- this will read much better for you if you read this with a southern accent.) Usually, when I begin a book, I read the ending. I know- who does that? Well- I do. It allows me to enjoy the book all the more knowing how it ends- and the fun is in getting there. Well, with books on tape- there really is no cheating. I'm going crazy!
Please, don't let nothin' bad happen to my new friends. I'll just die if you do. (End southern accent.)