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From November 2006
Stranger Than Fiction
I watched the movie Stranger than Fiction a couple of weeks ago.
It was an interesting movie, but a little weird. The basic story is that
this guy, who is a tax man, is going through his regular life, which is
really boring because he is too organized; he even counts how many
steps there are to the bus stop. Anyways, as he is going about his
regular life he starts hearing a voice. It only comes every once in a
while, and only when he is doing something completely normal for him.
And the strangest thing is that no one else can hear it but him. As he
starts listening to the voice, he realizes that it is narrating his
life. He learns to live with the voice until he hears it foretell his
imminent death. This of course freaks him out and he immediately starts
trying to find a way to stop his death. Along the way he befriends a
Literature teacher, who helps him find the author, and a woman named Ana
whose bakery he is auditing.
One major issue that the movie brings
up is the inevitability of death. Yes everybody is going to die at some
point in their life, that is a given, I don’t think that anyone would
dispute that. But if you knew how you were going to die and you had a
chance to change it would you? He eventually finds out how the book is
going to end and he has a chance to stop it from being written. He has a
chance to stop himself from dying in that way. But the way he was going
to die was very poetic and meaningful. Given this choice would you
choose to allow yourself to die like that knowing your death would be
meaningful? I don’t think that I would. I don’t want my death dictated
by anyone but God. I think that we should live life to the fullest
knowing that we could die at any moment, but not looking for or
This next section is questions for people who have
seen the movie. You can read them if you haven’t seen the movie, but
they might give away the ending, and they probably wouldn’t make sense.
the lady hadn’t been writing the book, would the events have happened
to Harold anyways? I said no, because she changed the ending … or did
Could he have not gone to the bus stop? What would have happened
if he didn’t? I mean if the lady kept writing the book, but he didn’t
go to the bus stop. If he wasn’t there would the kid have gotten hit by
Were the people in her other stories real too? All the characters in this one were real.
she wrote the ending, leaving him alive, she told the professor that
she would go back and rewrite the book. When she rewrote the book would
that have changed his life at all? Would it change his memories?
he called her, the author wrote herself into the story. How could she
do that? And who did she think that he was calling in the book?