Sunday, January 9, 2011

The 19th Wife and Lifetime sucks

I actually decided to sit on my butt and watch t.v. this afternoon despite that I usually feel guilty doing that. But I wanted to watch "The 19th Wife" on Lifetime because it was such a great book. The acting and the script with its dialogue and blocking were actually pretty good.

But the first BIG glaring defect is that they completely ignore a huge part of the story which is that the main character, Jordan is gay. There is a lot of the book focusing on his coming to terms with his identity and his upbringing and reconciling those within himself. The second HUGE defect is the ending. In the book Queenie is in on the murder with her husband and they escape the country together, but in the movie they make Queenie the innocent victim of her husband's "weaknesses" (like all the other men except the exception Jordan who is a strong hero unlike literally every single other man) and Queenie prevails by leaving with Jordan although she professes that her values will keep her always married to her now felon husband. It kind of pisses me off that they made Queenie a naive and innocent victim in the film as though that would somehow make her "better". I think it's insulting to the complexity and wonderful story in the book and makes the character of Queenie far less interesting and is kind of an insult to women.

Or it just dumbed down a really great story. That's probably more like it. There is a reason that people say every Lifetime movie is about stupid men and victimized women.

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