When I was a kid, my sister Tracy (unbeknownst to my mom) thought it was big fun to introduce me to scary movies. I was five, Tracy was thirteen. You can see how Tracy might have had a different take-away than my five-year-old self. I seriously think it messed with my psyche (thanks, sister).
Two of the movies her thirteen-year-old self thought it appropriate to share have stuck with me all of these years. The first is that horrid movie about dying in your nightmares because some crazed man with razor blades for fingers is ticked off at your parents. A Nightmare on Elm Street! I still cannot hear that freaky song, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you,” without shivering all over and wanting my mom. The other movie Tracy introduced me to included a large white shark and a catchy theme song. Whenever I swim in the ocean, I hear it over the roar of the waves. Come on, you know it. “Duh nuh, duh nuh, duh nuh.” It picks up tempo as the shark draws nearer, about to rip your legs off and ruin your summer fun.
After we watched it, my sister thought it was a good idea to tell me that this toothy fella lived in the toilet. I was five -- I believed her. My mom couldn’t figure out why there was pee all over the bathroom floor until she figured out I was barely sitting on the toilet due to what my sister told me.
Thankfully, I outgrew my fear of Freddy sucking me into my bed or a great white shark attacking me while I used the restroom. I have actually grown to enjoy this movie and appreciate the thrill it represents. It always seems appropriate to watch it during the hot summer months which is why we are highlighting Benchley's classic for Readers’ Services' very first Book to Movie Club.
Please stop by any library location to pick up your copy of the book. Read it by Sunday, June 25th and then join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Theater to watch one of the most memorable movies ever. Afterwards, we will have a fun discussion about the book and movie. Please mark your calendars and make a splash with Readers’ Services this summer. See you there!
*Book to Movie Club
*Main Library, Theater
*June 25, 2017