The story of Charlotte's Web has always been one of my favorites. I'm referring to the animated movie, not the book because, sadly, I've never read it. As a child, watching the movie, I remember being so affected by Charlotte's death, I may have cried at the end.
Recently, I saw the trailer and commercials for the new movie. I won't be going to see this. I don't like spiders.
Up until just a few years ago, I had an irrational fear of them. I couldn't even look at a picture of one without freaking out. But since moving to Austin, mostly, I've gotten past that — I've had to. Austin is home to some of the biggest, creepiest spiders. Two days after moving into our newly built house, I found a dead tarantula on our driveway. And, no, I don't mean a really big wolf spider, I mean a tarantula. I took a picture of it and sent it to my mom because I knew she would think I was exaggerating.
Later, when I would cut my lawn — something since then given over to a lawn service — over-sized grass spiders would dash up my legs if wasn't careful. Though seeing a spider doesn't send me scrambling for the Raid, like it used to, I haven't come face-to-face with a big one in quite some time.
That said, I'm gonna pass on the new Charlotte's Web motion picture. There's no doubt the story itself is great; it's a classic. It's the new visuals that bother me. In the old animated version, the spider was kinda cute, in a creepy sort of way. In this new version, Charlotte is too realistic. No, I take that back; I just revisited the website. She's just plain scary. I flinched.
Sorry Charlotte lovers, but if she was in my garage (notice, I didn't say bedroom, 'cause the thought sends chills down my arms), I wouldn't be able to sleep till somebody smashed her and showed me the evidence.