Sleepy Hollow the movie is way better than Sleepy Hollow the short story. There. I admitted it. I can't help it. I read the short story bit by bit, over a number of days - mind you, its a very short story, so it shouldn't have taken more than half an hour to read it - because I just couldn't deal with having to read it all at once. Which is actually pretty dumb, since the sooner I'd finished with it, the happier I would have been. Hmmm. I need to remember that for future boring books that I might encounter. Anyhow, the story was just so dull and uneventful, that I found myself reading a page or three and then putting it down for the rest of the day. Eventually, I sucked it up and just plowed ahead until I got to the end. And, let me just mention, that after having seen the film version of the book, I sort of expected the same events to happen within the story. After all, the movie was based on it, right? Well, lo and behold, my disappointment when I didn't get to read what I had seen on screen. Don't get me wrong, the story is about Ichabod Crane and does fancy Katrina Van Whatshername; and he gets pranked by a bully named Brom. Oh, and there is mention of a headless horseman. So, I suppose the bare bones did make it into the film, but truthfully, it seems to me that the screenplay writer took liberty with the concept of artistic license and for that I'm grateful. Because, the film version of Irving's work truly brought his story to life - in fact, it infused it with life.
Okay, so I'm being a bit harsh. I can't help it. I really thought the story would be like the movie and when it wasn't, well, I got bored with it. Its just that I absolutely love the film version - Johnny Depp is in it! - and I remember how awesome it was and so, I sort of expected the short story to be just as amazing. Don't get me wrong, I chuckled at some parts (like at the description of Ichabod and his bully) and I was a bit curious to find out what would happen to Ichabod late at night as he was heading home from the party, but that's about it. When I got to the end, my first thought was, "What? That's it.Ugh." Not exactly, excited words about what I'd just suffered through aka read. Oh well. At the end of the day, I was able to cross off another book from my list of titles to be read for R.I.P. VII and I realized that since its October, I should probably watch Sleepy Hollow in celebration of all things spooky and Halloween. So, I'm off to watch the film and enjoy staring at kooky Ichabod Crane aka Johnny Depp!