Monday, January 24, 2011
Does Where You Live Affect Your Disposition
James Reasoner was talking about Winter's Bone recently, the movie and book, and said that while he appreciated its merits, it just didn't speak to him. Its bleakness put him off.
And I began to wonder why it spoke to me. I live farther from that part of the country than he does. But I live in a place that is similar in many ways--a place where poverty and despair are a few blocks away.
I wonder how much where we live and where we come from affect the sort of books and movies we watch appreciatively. Do people from Detroit, Manchester, Newark, Mexico City and the Ozarks relate to books and movies like Winter's Bone more? If you live in a bucolic place, does a movie set in Detroit or after an apocalypse or in a meth lab in the Ozarks seem foreign and thus uncomfortable to you. Or is it an innate sensibility that forms us. Or childhood? What do you think?