Eternal Sunshine of the Noise-y Mind
Have you ever really loved two things from different worlds and then suddenly find them brought together in a way you’d never considered? I was so excited to see that The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness was being turned into a movie by Lionsgate, the same company behind the recent release of The Hunger Games movie. But there was still a little twinge of apprehension: I’m not one of those people who feels like a movie can never be as good as a book, but the Chaos Walking Trilogy is such an amazing trio of books, such a profound and cool and sincere story … well, the movie has a lot to live up to.
Then I learned that the screenwriter who is adapting the book is Charlie Kaufman, the award-winning genius behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich.
Kaufman’s twisty, cerebral, border-of-reality style seems perfectly suited to the world Ness created, a place where thoughts are always heard, the Noise of men is inescapable, and secrets are impossible.
I hope this is one of the (perhaps rare) wonderful occasions where a movie is as excellent as the book that inspires it. I hope it helps to set a precedent for young adult literature being celebrated with the intelligence it deserves. I hope it shows that sometimes the collaboration of two great brains finding unique moments in the same story can create something amazing. Most of all, I hope it brings more people to the books!
– Mia Cabana, currently reading Starters by Lissa Price