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I Do and I Don't by Jeanine Basinger
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did not like it

I wanted to like this book! I did! So much! And the premise sounded really interesting, and I was jazzed for probing insightful looks at the way the movie industry portrayed the institution of marriage over the years, and how it changed, and some analysis of famous movie marriages that I am familiar with. Instead, there is a lot of gnashing of teeth about what should 'count' as a marriage movie, in which the author draws up a very narrow definition that disqualifies a lot of other interesting films that depict marriages, but which she also ignores whenever it suits her, such as when she goes off on a lengthy tangent about marriage portrayal in television. Most of the movies that apparently 'count' as marriage movies turn out to be fairly boring or insipid things of which I've never heard, although there are a few that she mentions that are clever or insightful or that I thought sounded worth checking out. I was pretty disappointed and underwhelmed with the entire presentation here.

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Reading Progress

February 14, 2013 – Shelved
June 25, 2013 – Started Reading
July 18, 2013 – Finished Reading

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