Posted by: whimsigal | February 19, 2008

I "notebooked" myself last night

The phenomenon known as the movie, “The Notebook” had escaped me until last night. For so long I had been uninterested in the movie because of all the hype around it and because that’s how contrary I am. If a million people rave about it, I don’t want to see it. Ridiculous, I know. Well all that came to a screeching halt last night. See, several months ago, I was shopping at Target when I came across a bin full of movies on sale for $2.99. Well, that’s a price that can’t be ignored so after browsing through the titles they were offering, I settled on “The Notebook” and a few others that I can’t currently remember. It sat on the shelf collecting dust. Why? There was never time to watch it, it seemed. Or was it still the resistance to succumb to the idea of being “notebooked”?

Dateline: last night. Sean and I decided to watch the movie together. The kids were entertained by the new Fairly Oddparents movie on Nickelodeon so the timing seemed to be on our side. The movie began slowly for me and immediately I was questioning the raves that this movie had earned. However, by the end, I was sobbing uncontrollably and laughing at the same time because I couldn’t believe how much I’d been effected by the film. It was completely unexpected. The only other movie that has ever effected me like that, and even more so really, was “Big Fish.” If you haven’t seen that one, please do. It’s another one that I resisted watching but adored at the end.

So that’s my post for today. I “notebooked” myself last night.



  1. It is very emotional. I read the book first. My mother likes Nicholas Sparks a lot and always gives me the books after she’s read them.

  2. Didn’t he also write, “Message in a Bottle”? That’s another movie that tore me up at the end.

  3. Oh we are so alike! I’ve also resisted “Notebooking.”

    You’ve nearly persuaded me to look at it….


    Cate 🙂

    (hope you are feeling better)

  4. Hey Cate! I am feeling better for the most part, thanks for asking. It’s weird because I thought I would be in pain longer than I was so it’s hard to remember that I can’t do certain things. My physical condition is pain free but I get really tired really quickly.

    You’ll have to let me know if you decide to watch the Notebook. I’m curious to get your perspective.


  5. I love, love, love both those movies! I did the same resistance thing at first too, but succumbed much, much quicker than you did. I also watched the Notebook just after giving birth, so you can just imagine what a hormonal mess I was at the end. At home, alone with a newborn, on Valentine’s Day. Crazy as it sounds, it was awesome.

  6. Oh Carri! My sister did the same thing! She watched it right after she came home from the hospital and bawled her eyes out!!

    I do love crying like that over a movie though. It’s a good feeling.

  7. I’ve never even heard of it!! :/
    (til now)
    I spose that’s a good thing….

    Glad you’re feeling more up to snuff.

  8. Hey Steph!

    It’s sort of old by now, it came out in 2004. I’m way behind the times in getting “notebooked”.

    It’s great to “see” you!


  9. *sigh* I loved the book. I laughed, I cried, it was so wonderful. Now I am tempted to go find the movie. 🙂

  10. I *loved* The Notebook and you are sure right about bawling at the end. It was such a good story. Nicholas Spark also wrote “A Walk to Remember” have you watched that movie yet?

  11. Sheri, My sister read the book, too and I think she actually liked the movie better. I could have that backwards but I’m not sure. You’ll have to tell me if you watch the movie!


    Hey! I haven’t seen that movie yet. Who is in that?


  12. Oh, I had to think hard about what the guy’s name was in the movie, did you see the steam coming out of my ears? The girl in it is Mandy Moore and the guy is Shane West. I love those mushy movies. 🙂

  13. I love mushy movies, too so now I have to get that one and watch it!

  14. I’ve never seen or read “The Notebook” but just because of your review I put it on my queue at Netflix:)


  15. Marin, all I can say is to stick with it, even through parts that seem slow. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts!


  16. I love The Notebook, it is an awesome love story.

    Glad you are feeling better 🙂

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