I never would have guessed that the release of a movie trailer would have provided the inspiration needed to get back to blogging. Since moving to Las Vegas, I have lacked motivation and time to dedicate to this blog, but with the release of the ‘On The Road’ movie trailer today, I received a much needed nudge to get back to writing.
“On The Road” is an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel of the same name and is a book that I have read several times and has had a tremendous impact on my life. Having first read it as a college student, the book expanded my horizons and truly educated me a great deal about the power of travel and the beauty that exists when you step out of the confines of practical society and are willing to experience lives simple things. The book inspired a cross country road trip, a trip that helped me better find myself and begin to mature and grow as a person.
The free-spirted nature of the book, almost encourages a generation to live for simple moments, good company and to seek adventure and exploration. I found myself grow extremely close to Kerouac’s words and almost used them as a soundtrack to my many travels. I re-read the book during my two backpacking adventures through Europe and have always found myself pulling it out when I find that I am growing complacent and a bit too comfortable in my day-to-day grind.
One line that always seems to stick in my mind is the when Kerouac says: “They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
I’m sure many people are tied closely to Kerouac through this book and I know there are many days I wish I could lead a life similar to those carefree adventurers in the book. With that said, I’d sayI remain cautiously optimistic about the adaptation of this book into a movie. It has been attempted before, but never made it to theaters, as the director did not feel as if it did Kerouac Justice.
I suppose now we will see how well Kristen Stewart does Kerouac justice….