Beauty and the Suck
Anybody familiar with Patricia Cornwell? She’s one of the biggest selling female authors in the world, and she’s got this series of novels (16 in all) about medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta. I can’t say I know much about Cornwell, though she does seem to be a fixture on the mass-market paperback shelves. In fact, looking through our Cannonball Reader’s posts, I could only find one review for a Scarpetta novel, and it came from Nicole, who wrote of Blow Fly:
You know what? This book was a piece of horse shite. It doesn’t even deserve a review but some innocent trees died just so that it could be printed, and then I wasted valuable moments of my life reading it when I could have been doing something else, like scrubbing my toilet or pondering Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package or wondering why I can’t rock short hair like Jayne and Rachel Maddow or re-watching the heartbreaking conclusion to the second series of Doctor Who and crying my eyes out over Rose standing on the beach with mascara running down her cheeks while she chokes out “I…I love you” and the Doctor looks back at her with all this longing in his holographic eyes and manages a “Quite right, too” and SWEET CRACKER SANDWICH THIS BOOK WAS HORRIFIC.
So, not a fan, then? Well, Cornwell’s status is about to be seriously elevated. Angelina Jolie — who most of you probably know for her role as Cash Reese in Cyborg 2 — is in talks with Fox 2000, which just bought the rights to the Scarpetta Series as a starring vehicle for her. Jolie would play that medical examiner, probably in more sequels than you can imagine. The first film won’t be tied to a specific novel; it’ll be like the Bourne movies. They’ll simply be based on the character, which is probably best if Nicole’s review of Blow Fly is any indication of the series’ quality.
Anybody know anything about the series? Is Jolie a suitable fit?