The only book of Rand's I ever tried was The Fountainhead. I wanted to write a paper about it for a scholarship. I never finished the book, couldn't even get very far into it, because I couldn't stand any of the characters. I didn't give me the urge to try anything else of hers, so I'm not really familiar with Atlas Shrugged. The trailer does look pretty slick, though, and I might find Rand easier to deal with in movie form.
This could end up rivaling John Travolta's Battlefield Earth.
Library Girl, her novels bore me...but I always figured it was me, not her. Frankly, the movie looks pretty boring, too.
Ouch! C.B. you are damning with faint praise, for sure.
Sam, it's not you, it's Ayn. I slugged my way through Atlas Shrugged. Awful novel. I agree with some aspects of her political theory, but she could have written a short essay explaining it rather than an 800-page behemoth with each character representing a point of view. In a way, Atlas Shrugged is like Designing Women at its worst, when there would be an important issue and each character would take the appropriate position - Julia being the staunch liberal, Charlene expressing the uneducated hillbilly conservative view, Mary Jo unable to decide.AS fails completely as a novel. Dull, dull, dull.
I can't wait to not see it.
Thanks for that, Ms. Factotum. I love your analogy and the thought that others were as bored with this "classic" as I was.
Neither can I, Susan. When a trailer bores me as much as this one did, I cannot imagine spending a couple of hours with the acutal movie. They always say that the trailer shows the best parts of a movie...scary thought in this case.
Sadly, I have yet to read Atlas Shrugged and have been meaning to for almost 30 years now. I guess I have to read it now so I can enjoy the movie when it comes out!
Kathleen, I just don't get this book at all and the movie trailer leaves me cold, too. Do let me know what you think of them if you make it all the way through...