If you really love a book, you get to the end, to that part where it all comes together in a twist you never expected but that’s so delightfully satisfying, and you scream to yourself “Yes! I love it!” and maybe do that little kicking thing with your foot.
But, at the same time, you don’t want it to end because you don’t want to be separated from these characters you’ve grown to love and you don’t want to leave this world you’ve been inhabiting. You bring your foot down and maybe sigh.
The thing is all you can do now is tell someone else about it and relive your favorite moments. So, here I am telling you about The Thing Is and reliving my favorite moments below. (Semi-spoilers ahead!)
Meredith Mancuso is not in a good place and with good reason (I won’t spoil everything!). She is also not a dog person so when her sister drops off a Yorkshire Terrier named Prozac, she is less than pleased. Prozac is Meredith’s sister’s client’s dog so why should Meredith have to watch him? There’s a good reason for that too. But what ensues is not your typical girl meets dog story. Yes, Prozac gives Meredith a reason to get up in the morning and lifts her from her depression, as you would expect, but what you would never expect is that Prozac is a reincarnated dog with aspirations of being on Broadway. What? Yes! Insert image of Prozac doing that little kicking thing with his feet, not because he just read The Thing Is but because someone is playing show tunes. I know, you’re in love. Me too, and I’m a cat person. There’s also a band of feisty old people, a cute architect, a cute magician, and some heartfelt conversations and realizations about life, love, loss, forgiveness and what it means to be happy. I know you’re screaming “Yes! I love it!” and you haven’t even read it yet.
The other thing is when you really love a book (and if you’re like me), you want it to be made into a movie even though you know you’ll leave the theater saying that the book was better but you still liked seeing someone else’s interpretation brought to life. That’s the thing about books turned movies but you still pay the price of admission and a tub of popcorn (if you’re like me). So, who should play who? Here are my casting choices ~
Meredith Mancuso a/k/a Meredith St. John will be played by Elizabeth Reaser. She is believable as someone who can reach down low to the depths of despair and then be lifted gradually with every new experience into the land of the living, allowing her eyes to be opened to all of the magic – literally and figuratively – that still remains. But not so fast. Meredith Mancuso is intelligent and feels all the feels. It won’t be so easy but it will be worth it. Reaser would be perfect.
Hammond “Ham” Cederholm, the cute architect, will be played by Colin Farrell. His hair must be perfectly coiffed and he has to look good in a suit. Check. Check. And he has to be just slick enough that you’re left wondering if he can be trusted. Check.
David Radcliffe, the cute magician, will be played by Mark Ruffalo. He’s got to be cute enough to play the romantic interest – with wavy salt and pepper brown hair - but also believable as a sensitive and lovable magician. Voila.
Prozac will be played by a Yorkshire Terrier who doesn’t mind getting wet for a role. (You’ll have to read the book.)
They heard "wet" and ran.
If you've read The Thing Is, who do you think should play Helen Hendrix and Judge Thea?
To learn more about the The Thing Is, click here and find it on Amazon here. To learn more about author Kathleen Gerard, click here and follow her on Twitter, Facebook and on her blog Reading Between the Lines.
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