Jun 13 2009
In the past week and a half, I have completely re-read Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I had forgotten just how much I love these books. They are just so much fun. It sounds ridiculous but I love them so much I almost want to re-read them again. Now. Instead I’ll bide my time for the next two weeks until the newest book in the series, Finger Lickin’ Fifteen (pictured), comes out.
If you’ve never read these books, you owe it to yourself to check them out. One of the things I re-discovered in this re-read, is how much I love reading certain passages out loud. Granted I like reading pretty much any book out loud but well-written books like these that often make you laugh at loud just make it all the better. Take the following passage from One for the Money. I loved it so much I read it out loud to myself multiple times and then I brought it into the office and read it to one of my co-workers. See if you enjoy it as much as I did.
This first piece is just to set up what’s happening, another bounty hunter is “commandeering” Steph’s car… which she “commandeered” from Joe Morelli:
“Christ, Beyers, you can’t just come into a lot and take someone’s car! That’s stealing. You’re a goddamn car thief.”
“Where’d you get the keys?”
“Same place you did. Morelli’s apartment. He had an extra set on his dresser.”
“You won’t get away with this.”
“What are you gonna do, call the police?”
“God will get you for this.”
“Fuck God,” Beyers said, sliding behind the wheel, taking time to adjust the seat and fiddle with the radio.
Arrogant bastard, I thought. Not only is he stealing the damn car, but he’s sitting there flaunting his ability to take it. I grabbed my defense spray and bolted out the door and down the stairs. I was barefoot, wearing a Mickey Mouse nightshirt and a pair of Jockey string bikinis, and I could have cared less.
I was through the back door with my foot on the pavement when I saw Beyers turn the key and step on the accelerator. A split second later, the car exploded with a deafening blast, sending doors flying off into space like Frisbees. Flames licked up from the undercarriage and instantly consumed the Cherokee, turning it into a brilliant yellow fireball.
(Evanovich, One for the Money, 1994, chap 12, page 256)
Two pages later, the police and other emergency vehicles have arrived. One of the cops, Dorsey, sees Steph and comes over to talk to her. She explains about Morty and the car:
I figured I’d embellish the truth a little, since the police might not be up on the finer points of bounty hunterism and might not understand about commandeering. “It’s like this,” I said. “I went to see Morelli’s mother, and she was very upset that no one was running Joe’s car. You know how bad it is for the battery to let a car sit. Well one thing led to another and the next thing I’d agreed to drive the car around for her.”
“So you’ve been driving Morelli’s car as a favor to his mother?”
“Yes. He’d asked her to take care of it, but she didn’t have time.”
“Very noble of you.”
“I’m a noble person.”
So I did. I explained about Beyer’s wife leaving him, and about how he tried to steal the car, and how he made the mistake of saying “fuck God,” and then the car blew up.
“You think God got pissed off and fried Beyers?”
“That would be one theory.”
(Evanovich, One for the Money, 1994, chap 12, pages 259-260)
Ha! Love it. I always forget she’s going to bring up the “Fuck God,” and it never fails to crack me up.
The other reminder re-reading served was how much I’d love to see these characters on my TV screen. I don’t often try to imagine something I’m reading in a different format. But every so often a set of characters is so great, I can’t help but wonder what they’d be like if brought to life in 3-D.
I don’t know if we’ll ever see it. Mostly because TriStar bought the rights to the first book before it even hit the shelves and we still haven’t seen anything come of it. Janet’s FAQ says that a script has been in the works for years and that surely can’t be good. Of course, I think the reason they can’t get a good script out of this is probably because it’s a much better first for the small screen instead. I’m sure TriStar owning the rights probably mucks up the works of that ever happening. Damn it!
As is typical whenever Jody and I get on the topic of Stephanie Plum, we start talking about who we’d like to see cast as these characters. And! When I twittered about finishing my re-read, @Cinematt01 asked me about the same thing! Funny how that works, eh?
While in the past I agreed with Jody that Lauren Graham would make a great Stephanie, now I wonder if she’s almost a little too “pretty” for the role. Which is probably ridiculous. She would be great at capturing Steph’s voice though. Take the passage above, Lauren would definitely be able to pull that off and have you rolling. (An aside: Janet’s latest poll about who should play Stephanie Plum if the movie were to be made has Lauren listed! Most people think Sandra Bullock is better suited to the roll, though, and I can see that. Except, and it pains me to say this, she’s a little old for the roll at this point.)
It’s a little tougher for me to cast the guys. In fact, I need to think on it some more. While I’m thinking, I thought I’d throw it out there for you guys. If we made the Stephanie Plum series into a TV show, who would you cast as your favorite characters?
PS: Don’t forget that you can still enter the Name the Book contest for Book #16!