1) I need to read the book now, because Charles Portis has created some amazing characters--particularly 14-year-old Mattie Ross. Although the story hinges on her setting out to find a man with "true grit" to avenge the death of her father, precociously tough and sharp Mattie is already in full possession of it. I loved the narrator, whose voice was deadpan, formal, and steely. More about Charles Portis and True Grit's understated wit here: True Grit, Odd Wit: And Fame? No Thanks.
2) While watching, I couldn't help but cast 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld as Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie. (March 23, 2012!) Before watching the film, I was skeptical about her Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination (foolishly, as I should've seen her performance before passing judgment). She did a fantastic job, though, and created an amazing, tough, funny, charming character. Google "Hailee Steinfeld Katniss" or "Hailee Steinfeld Hunger Games," and you'll see that I'm not alone in hoping that she takes on the role of Katniss Everdeen.
|See? She's even got the whole braided-hair thing down.|