And, I'll...er...find time to post all the screenshots and manga comparisons I've been meaning to post for a while, eventually. Puri Puri manga anyone?
To get to the point, I'm sure everyone has heard of Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain by now, if only because of the film. And seriously, this is short, shorter than Minority Report and multitudes of other book-to-movie adaptations. But let's leave the film aside for now, if that's at all possible.
Being a short story, BM concentrates on just one thing, the characters, as the reader follows Ennis through two decades of his life. The descriptions are brutally honest, and the simplicity of Proulx's prose and the dialogue of her characters encompases who they are and where they live. There were times when I simply did not understand what was actually being said, because of the slang (makes me wonder what it'd be like reading Trainspotting). One doesn't speed-read BM unless one speaks the same language code.
Brokeback Mountain is a story that, based on subject matter alone, will appeal to some and absolutely disgust others. However, if one moves beyond such prejudice, it's a story that shouldn't be considered aesthetically or cognitively, but rather reacted to emotionally, and the opening and ending vignettes should be enough to make some people tear. Perhaps there is one complaint I have to make...it's too brief, though perhaps that is yet another aspect of BM that reflects life and love in general.