The summer after my senior year of high school was terrible. After spending a million hours a week dancing in preparation for college auditions, I ended up with two stress fractures in my shin. I was condemned to three months on crutches. Worse than just crutches, with orders to move as little as possible to rest my other, slightly less damaged shin.
My sister took some time off to stay with me and literally sit on me on the few occasions I tried to get to the bathroom unassisted. The only things that saved me were Dawson’s Creek reruns and Madeline L’Engle.
The local library had her full set of books, and I tore through all of them. And not just the Wrinkle in Time series. I got to be good friends with the Austins and the O’Keefes too. There was something about her writing style that was so simple and so mythical. You were never talked down to, but you knew everything that was happening. From visiting ice caps to traveling to strange planes, I always knew I could count on Madeline L’Engle for an amazing adventure.
To this day when people ask who my favorite authors are, Madeline L’Engle is always on the list.
But…I still haven’t seen the new movie. I’m just too scared. It started with not having enough Charles Wallace in the previews. And then the reviews came in, and now I’m just terrified of seeing the movie, hating it, and having the experience somehow taint my love for Madeline L’Engle.
I went to another movie based on a book that just turned out horribly, and it took me months to recover enough to even look at the cover of that book. (I’ll tell that fun story next time.)
But what would Madeline L’Engle think? Would she want us to see the movie and just consider it to be a different entity? Is she rolling around in her grave because they’ve destroyed her work? Would she just be thrilled that her estate is making more money?
I’m just too conflicted to make a choice!
What would you do? See the film or hide?
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