Friday, September 17, 2010

Story #311: Message In A Bottle

I am crying as I am writing this.

Please don't be alarmed. Nothing bad happened to me or in my life. I just get very emotional sometimes, especially after reading a good book.

When I was a teenager, I loved collecting posters. I'd collect posters of Sailormoon, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and occasionally, posters of some movies. One of the first movie posters I collected and pasted on my wall was "Message In A Bottle." I was drawn to it because of the image of two lovers cuddling on the beach next to a bonfire. It was such a nice capture. For some reasons that I can't think of now, I never got around to watching the movie. Until recently.

I can't even begin to describe how much the movie, the story, has affected me. It is easily my favorite movie. I cried and cried after the movie was long over. It was such a beautiful story. There's no need for me to summarize the movie because you'll have to see it to be able to understand. I loved it for its uniqueness. The whole message-in-a-bottle thing was so romantic. There's mysterious element to it, which to me, is a huge plus. The ending was unpredictable as well. I thought I had it figured out. I thought it was one of those cliches. But I was taken by surprise and I guess I was somehow in denial. I didn't believe what I saw. But the ending was perfect for the story. I couldn't think of a better ending for it.

Today I finished reading the book. Again, I bawled long after I closed the book. There was so much emotion. The story was beautiful, though somewhat different than the book. I mean, the movie changed a lot of the details. There was a lot of flashbacks in the book, but none in the movie. The way the main female character found the main male character was different as well. But the plots was pretty much the same and equally captivating. When the book ended, I felt like I was in mourning. I cried and cried for those two main character. I love the story so so much. There was so much love, passion, and romance. It was as if I was there. I know what was going on with the two love birds. I wanted to help them so bad! My heart ache for their loss and I smiled lots of times for their union. Everything was so symbolic in the book -- the bottles, the sailing boat.

If you haven't seen the movie, see it. If you haven't read the book, read it. I think it will forever be a special book to me. So special that I don't know how to describe why I love it so much. I guess by watching or reading the story, you'll be able to get what I mean. Sorry for doing such a poor job describing it.

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