Atlas Shrugged Part 1 – Movie Trailer

Did anyone know that they were making a movie out of this?

Talk about literary movies and books that are chunksters. Depending on which edition you get of Atlas Shrugged, you’re looking at about 1350 pages of reading. Charles Dickens had absolutely nothing on Ayn Rand. I tried to read this doorstop and got maybe the equivalent of one book in, or about 400 pages. The story was interesting enough, but after 400 pages of people asking after John Galt, I found that I really didn’t care much who he was. All the major beats of this story had played out in The Fountainhead, which I had read shortly after college, which is now that I think about it, is probably when everyone reads The Fountainhead. It was also a book where theย  principles and philosophies didn’t resonate as being practical on a second read.

I probably will not one the one to run right out and see this but the fact that they are making a two-parter out of it astounds me. It would have made much mores sense to make The Fountainhead and be done with it.ย  Was Atlas Shrugged really that popular?

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Atlas Shrugged Part 1 is in theaters today.

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  1. I’ve never read either! But that should be no surprise, considering my schooling and their utter lack of literary coverage. (In college I did have to “read” The Iliad and The Odyssey.) I think I’d rather watch the movie. Or in my case probably, Netflix.

  2. I agree, I think people do read Ayn Rand either in college or right after college when you’re still caught up in ideals and feeling intellectual. I have to say I’ve never been a fan. I’m not exactly who the makers of this movie think will go out to see a two-parter but I’m sure it won’t be me.

  3. You’re right! I read Fountainhead in grad school. And much as I impressed by it soon after I finished it, I realize now that I don’t care for it at all and that I think the principles are pretty outrageous.

  4. My cousin (a football coach, no less!) said Atlas Shrugged was the best book he’s ever read and recommended that I drop everything and read it. He reads pretty intellectually challenging books. I prefer contemporary fiction. I haven’t picked the book up, but I also haven’t forgotten his recommendation.

  5. Like you, I’ve read Fountainhead but not Atlas Shrugged. Maybe one day. Or maybe I’ll be really really bad and watch the movie instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. *giggles* I just can’t take Ayn Rand seriously. Maybe if I see the film, it’ll motivate me to read the book — it’s so long! And it looks so silly! But everyone says it’s worth reading in spite of being silly.

  7. My brother loves Ayn Rand is always trying to get me to read The Fountainhead. He will be so happy to hear that there is a movie from another of his favorite books.

    I don’t know if I would like her stuff…. I haven’t read any of her books.