|An aspiring writer Jabez Stone accidentally kills a woman with a typing machine. The Devil steps in and makes good while taking Stone’s soul for riches. But, is Stone happy in his magical world ?|
I was watching Shortcut to Happiness the other day starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins [2003 – Comedy/Drama] and how they listed this as a comedy confused me a little because it wasn’t that funny. It wasn’t NOT funny, but it wasn’t fall around on the floor gasping for breath funny either. It’s a hard genre to make really funny … not because of the topic which is basically about ‘selling your soul for success’ … but because l have watched over the years a lot of this style of film and l can’t remember the really funny ones. There are a few l know of at the top of my head that you might know as well though, not all are listed as comedy …
Devil’s Advocate, Ghost Rider, Bedazzled, Bruce Almighty, Starry Eyes, Constantine, Beat the Devil, Deal with the Devil [The Tempter] – to name but a few that l have sat and watched with a bemused interest over the last twenty years or so.
They always make me think ‘How far would someone really go to achieve success, fame, riches, reputation?’ How far would you go? Would l sell my soul to the Devil? Would l, me, you, we or they or anyone want to if it could be done, strike up a contract with the Devil and trade off their soul for total success?
People have sold all sorts of things for money right? I mean, what’s the difference for instance between donating blood for the betterment of another person or donating an organ that you – let’s be honest could probably keep for your own health anyway – l mean if it’s just a donation – a freebie to give away, what’s to say that seeing as you don’t use your soul everyday – why can’t you trade it off to improve your current lifestyle maybe?
However … the question isn’t about trading and opening up a twenty year contract with The Big D before lights out – this is a light hearted question in three parts and it is ……
If you were going to sell your soul …. 1] who would you sell it to and what selling medium would you use [asking for a friend], 2] how would you go about valuing your soul and what do you think it’s worth and 3] if you were to sell what would be your reason?
Sure, I’ll Sell My Soul But It Ain’t Gonna Be Cheap!
Let me know your thoughts below. Cheers.