Thursday, January 7, 2010

Favorite Fictional Character--from Practical Magic


Favorite Fictional Character is a weekly event created by Ryan at Wordsmithonia.

As I watched Sandra Bullock on the People's Choice Awards...her wonderful acceptance speech and the little impromptu hug between her and Nicole Kidman before she went on stage...I was reminded of one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic.  The main reason for my loving this film is due to the two main characters, sisters Sally and Gillian Owens.

Sally (Sandra Bullock) is the serious sister--she cares about her studies and is a grounded person.  Gillian (Nicole Kidman) is the wild sister...running away from home with her boyfriend when she is a teenager and living a carefree life.  But these sisters are very close, as sisters can only be.  Despite their personality differences, they share a very strong bond and love each other deeply.  They seem to have an psychic connection and each one knows when the other is thinking of them.  So when Gillian gets in some very deep trouble, Sally risks everything to save her sister.  Something a woman would do for her sister...I know I would.  My sister and I are very close and although we don't live close to each other, we have this same unbreakable bond.  I think this is the core of why these characters appeal to me so deeply.


I didn't rehash the entire plot of this movie, but if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.  Incidentally, I read the book by Alice Hoffman a couple of years after seeing the movie (I had actually watched the movie several times since I own it!).  I really liked the book, but this was one of the rare cases where I liked the movie better than the book! Shocking...I know!

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  1. I love the movie and still have to read the book. Maybe I'll do that soon. :)

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  2. This is my all time favourite film and I have just managed to get hold of the book too.

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  3. I've been wanting to read this book, and yet every time I have an opportunity, I hesitate. I just love the movie SO much - I would be so sad if the book doesn't live up to it.
    Since you thought the movie was better, maybe I just never will read the book. ..

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  4. I know...that happens some times, liking the movie better.

    I loved that movie!

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  5. Love the movie, but I haven't read the book yet either.

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  6. I haven't seen this or read the book, but if it is half as good as your review I know I will love it. Hopefully my library has a copy of the DVD.

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  7. I love the movie too. Now I'll have to read the book.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by everyone!

    The book is worth a read, but it doesn't quite live up to the magic of the film.

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  9. I loved this movie.... the book was good to if I remember correctly. Read it a long time ago...

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  10. I do have to say I loved this movie as well. I loved the man with two different colored eyes. Sandra is an amazing actress, no matter what the role is she plays.

    This is a great pick this week. And I have to say I love the picture at the top with both girls and the candles. I don't think I have ever seen that one before.

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  11. I love this movie! Having Aidan Quinn was the icing on the cake!

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  12. One of my favorite movie/book of all time. Alice Hoffman is amazing. And I too totally related to Sally. I'm the responsible mature older sister and I have a sweet flighty younger sister :)
    Great choice!

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