2. I think I'll update the comm info and add more stuff to the interests list. Got any suggestions?
3. I finished reading the book. The plots of the book and the movie differ in a lot of details, but overall are mainly the same. The book is a little more over the top in a number of ways, I think they toned it down to make the movie less "quirky." But in contrast, the book also deals more complexly with a lot of the dark elements of the story, such as bullying and parental neglect. The movie made me smile smile smile the whole way through, and the book made me tear up a few times. It's less flat-out fun and more of a thoughtful, emotional story. I'm not actually sure if Carl Hiaasen's style is enough my thing to make me read more of his books, but I enjoyed reading this one.
Looking at it from a fic-writing point of view, I'd say that the plots differ enough that you'd have to keep yourself straight on whether you were using book-canon or movie-canon for the details of events, but if you were writing movie-fic, there's some backstory elements from the book that could be included in your stories.
Also, the book isn't as slashy as the movie (but then, few things are). If I'd read the book first, it wouldn't have jumped out at me. But it's definitely there to see if you're already looking at it that way. (The ending of the movie, though, is a lot more happy slashy than the ending of the book.)
The evil (step-)mother's name is Lonna instead of Lana. :(
Mullet Fingers' real name is Napoleon Bridger. Cruel name to give your kid.
So that's my report!
4. Damn! I just checked IMDB, and actually registered to read the boards there because they're talking about the slashiness of Hoot. And wanking over it! Jeez, that's crazy. The IMDB boards really are a hotbed of wank, just like I've always heard.]