Let me just tell you that I am perhaps the world's biggest fan of Beverly Cleary. I loved the stories of Ramona and Beezus and Henry and Mitch and Amy and Otis and all the rest. Then I graduated to Ms. Cleary's books for older girls, and I devoured Fifteen, Jean and Johnny, Sister of the Bride, and The Luckiest Girl. I am a die-hard fan, and I am happy for one of Ms. Cleary's tales to be adapted for the screen.
But I just don't understand why there would be a movie about Beezus and Ramona in which Beezus is played by Selena Gomez. Selena is a beautiful girl, and I'm sure she's a fine actress. But she's 18 years old. If I remember correctly, Beezus is 9 years old in Beezus and Ramona. Maybe the movie story is different from the book; maybe Beezus is a teenager in the movie. I don't know.
What I REALLY don't understand, though, is why there would be a new edition of the Beezus and Ramona, the BOOK, with a photo of Selena Gomez on the cover. See, here's a photo of the book that I snapped at a bookstore:
That's not a movie poster; that's a book cover. That's the book in which Beezus is 9 years old. And there's a photo of an 18-year-old on the cover. I suppose this is a marketing ploy, but does that make sense to y'all? Am I the only one who doesn't understand?
Or maybe I'm the only one who noticed. Or the only one who cares. Maybe I should turn my attention to weightier matters. Maybe I should take up crossword-puzzle-solving or bridge or something. Maybe I am just a fuddy-duddy.
Seriously, does this strike anyone else as weird? Or am I the only one?