Student’s Corner: The Salinger Documentary
J.D. Salinger is the critically acclaimed author of the American novel, The Catcher in the Rye. After a little digging, David Shields and Shane Salerno are releasing a documentary on the reclusive author, three years after his death in 2010. The film will cover his life from World War II to post-Catcher fame and beyond. According to the Montreal Gazette, five of his books will be published posthumously between 2015 and 2020. The novels are rumored to be his last projects before his death. Besides the occasional interview and copyright court case, Salinger had purposely avoided society, especially the media. However, a few years after his death, his life is being unveiled in the twenty-first century.
In my personal opinion, I don’t think it’s a good idea to be releasing such information about Salinger. He literally went out of his way to avoid any type of publicity, and I feel like we should respect his decision. As a huge fan of Catcher, I wouldn’t mind seeing it in theaters, but I respect his decision to not make the adaption. I think we should do the same. The novelist didn’t even want his work to be made into film, so why should we make his life into a cinematic blockbuster? He didn’t want his life public while he was alive, so why would he want to publicize it after his death? Go ahead and watch the documentary if you’d like, but keep in mind that this ingenious author has given this society a gift. And though he isn’t here with us today, we must still respect Salinger’s wishes, both in life and in death.