Don't you ever just feel like we're chasing something?
The truth about Running With Scissors is that I was heavily disappointed. Which is why it took me so long to finish it, I guess.
Why I thought it would be so fantastic is up in the air, as I only sort of liked the movie in the first place, as well. The fact that the movie actually changed so much of the story around (which should really be illegal to do when it’s a TRUE STORY), has made the book take away any love I held for the movie.
I puttered through this entire memoir wishing I was reading a David Sedaris book. At least then I’d be laughing instead of getting annoyed of yet another “and then he shoved it up my ass” story.
The only part that really and truly got to me was the last sentence in the epilogue:
"Neil Bookman was never seen nor heard from again."
"In the book Miss Rona, copyright 1974,” Brandy says, “Rona Barrett - who got her enormous breasts when she was nine years old and wanted to cut them off with scissors - she tells us in the prologue of her book that she’s like this animal, cut open with all its vital organs glistening and quivering, you know, like the liver and the large intestine. Such visuals, everything sort of dripping and pulsating. Anyway, she could wiat for someone to sew her back up, but she knows no one will. She has to take a needle and thread and sew herself up.”
"Now," those Plumbago lips say, "You are going to tell me your story like you just did. Write it all down. Tell that story over and over. Tell me your sad-assed story all night." That Brandy queen points a long bony finger at me.
"When you understand," Brandy says, "that what you’re telling is just a story. It isn’t happening anymore. When you realize the story you’re telling is just words, when you can just crumble it up and throw your past in the trashcan," Brandy says, "then we’ll figure out who you’re going to be."
As odd as it may sound, I would have appreciated this story more as a Dateline special than as a book. The voice that Pelzer gives himself as a child is fantastical and makes it slightly unbelievable. While the it is an important story to tell, I just didn’t like the way it was presented.
1. The Stand by Stephen King 2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 3. French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano (did not complete) 4. Exile by Denise Mina 5. Love Is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison 6. Sad American Mythology by DR Adams 7. March by Geraldine Brooks 8. The Scavenger’s Manifesto by Anneli Rufus & Kristan Lawson 9. Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris 10. Resolution by Denise Mina 11. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons