Trainspotting 2: Touring My Own Youth


Trainspotting came out the year I graduated high school and I would have had my 20th reunion last year had there been one. So I know without checking that it’s been almost 21 years since my friend snuck me into the movie theater she worked in and I saw what was to become one of my top 5 movies of all time. Mind you, my top 5 movies of all time has been the same since 2003 when Big Fish came out, another Ewan McGregor movie.

So how does the sequel to Trainspotting compare to the original? How does it compare to the book? Am I typing this in Mark Renton’s voice? Well, keep reading and find out.

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Buying Books for my Collection

In order to limit the amount of books I own in consideration to the limited amount of space I have, I read a lot of books through the library.  Then, if I like said book enough that one day I think “I’d like to re-read that… right now” that’s a good indication that I should buy that book.  So here are my rules before making a purchase:

1. If I’m going to buy the book, I want a good hardcover copy that will last me a few years.  Paperback is acceptable for Graphic Novels and books that were never published as hardcovers.

2. First edition is nice, but cheap used books from my local used book store is even nicer.  For the classics those Barnes and Noble collections are a really nice alternative to knowing I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a first edition Picture of Dorian Gray. My imaginary rich husband can buy that for me for my birthday.

3. Special Editions are  nice but unnecessary.  More important to me is unabridged.

Now, having said all that, I’m having a dilemma.  I really hate the cover of the 1st edition hardcover of Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.  I can’t find another alternative. Irvine Welsh is going to be at the Miami Book Fair this weekend, and even though I’m not sure he would even sign a copy of an older work, I have nothing to give him anyway.  A beat up old paperback would be nice, if it was my copy I’d read many times, but I read the library copy.  The Estonian cover is nice, if I could read Estonian.

There’s not much else I can do right now, but wait for a cover I might like better.  I tried the UK Amazon site too, but it’s the same cover.