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Random Thoughts on "One Day"

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Random thoughts on "One Day"

As the title suggests, this is not gonna be a proper article, rather than that, this will just be my thoughts pieced together on the book as well as the movie---"One Day".

Before you read the rest of this, I suggest you stop right here if you are too crazy about the book as you may feel offended. 

For starters, this is a realistic story. The story started in 1988 when the major characters Emma and Dexter graduated from the university. Dexter is that kind of guy who is charismatic and who can be considered as an eye candy. However, Emma is smart, intelligent and plain-looking. Anyway, she is not that kind of girl whose appearance impresses you when you first meet her. You really would not think they can end up with being friends or anything as you simply cannot picture them being together. You know, Dexter from a wealthy family, is good looking and conceited and a bit arrogant whilst Emma from a pretty ordinary background, is deligent and cynical. You would think a girl like Emma would despise a guy like Dexter.  But somehow they wound up being together in the book, not for a long time though. 

Emma had a crush on Dexter even before the first night they stayed together after the graduation party. As time went by, Dexter got to know Emma better and at the same time his love for her gradually grew. In almost 20 year's time, a lot happened. Dexter was initially a very successful TV producer. Soon he got carried away with being a celebrity and then failed completely. On the contrary, Emma, being the smarter one between them, has an extremely difficult start. Harbouring the hope of making a difference in the world, Emma didn't get a decent job even with a Bachelor degree and marvellous academic performance. She had worked in a fast food shop for years even before she got her teaching certificate and started teaching in a high school. But, with all the efforts, she did make it being a writer eventually.

Both of them went through a lot before finally deciding to be together. For Dexter, he had been through Yolanda, Suki, Ingrid even Emma's roommate, a lousy marriage and apparently the plummet of his career. For Emma, she had the least funny comedian boyfriend, a fair with the principal of the school she had worked for and of course a lot of struggles with her writing career. You really would think this is such a realistic book because isn't real life just like this, full of nuisances? I have to admit that being realistic is the best and the worst feature of the book. This is because for one thing, when I'm reading a book, I constantly look for things I can relate to, inspiration as well as enlightenment. If a book is far too beyond reality, it's almost impossible for me to find a common ground for me to stand on with the author; for another, when a book is as realistic as this one, it drives me angry because I feel like it's lecturing me how hard real life is, like I don't already know. Other than that, I bores me because as we all know real life isn't always that amusing or interesting. So reading such a book makes me feel like someone is nagging about all those unpleasant stuff about life by my side, which only makes me want to yell at someone. Sometimes, I don't read for revelation. Instead I read to escape from reality and to find a different world. 

You would think like many other corny romance stories they are destined to be together and to have a happily-ever-after ending after so many troubles. But they didn't because Emma died. You would think her death will at least separate this book from the other corny love stories. But, God no, her death is just bizarre. I reckon that the author did this on purpose to make the story more dramatic. Otherwise, the story might be too ordinary to worth reading. To me, it's like the nagging of the person suddenly came to a halt and then this person left me alone with my thoughts lingering on the story he didn't finish telling. 

Nevertheless, this way, the ending left a deeper impression on me than the invariably expectable ending. 

Compared with the book, the movie is nice in a lot of ways. I like the vintage style you know the setting, the clothes and etc. I particularly love the music. Both the leading actors in my opinion did a pretty good job. The only one pity is that the movie is not able to demonstrate their suffer and long wait before they finally become a couple. But this is understandable as you simply cannot squeeze all of the stuff that have happened in twenty years into a two hours' movie. Then again, I bet no one is interested in knowing all the annoying details. 

All in all, it's a nice book, not good enough to make my list of favourite books though. 

Like Emma, I once thought I would be capable to do a lot and probably even make a difference when I was younger. Like Dexter, I yearned for fame and for acknowledgement from others. But soon I came to realise the old me was simply too naive as nothing comes easily let alone fame. 

However, the reality isn't always that gloomy as like Emma, if I don't stop chasing after what I want, it's highly likely I will achieve it. Of course, it may take an unendurable long time to see that happen. Also, I think I should never ever take things for granted as nothing stays the same all the time and no one awaits you forever. Fame and success and stuff like that all fade from life. The most terrible thing is to stop making the efforts altogether once you achieve a goal. Analogically, it's like you are on a bus with many stops. At every single stop, you get off to see the exotic and picturesque view. There is this stop with the most spectacular view you have ever seen and then you decide to stay. So the bus just leave you behind. Later, you don't want to stay there any more. But too late the bus is long gone. You either stuck there or walk to the next stop while others have seen far more taking the bus. 


Sorry for not updating my blog for a long time. I haven't given up writing yet. I have been sharing things on my wechat. Hopefully, I will share more in the future.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)





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    In some European countries there are homes for the elderly next to kindergartens, and everyone benefits from interacting with each other on a daily basis.
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    For a country that supposedly 'respects' their elders, China has a very superstitious attitude to death and dying.
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