The Siege of Cardinalis: Real Life Imitating Fantasy?
The following excerpt from her letter is eerily reminiscent of a scene and accompanying dialogue from Failure to Launch, the zany comedy starring Matthew McConaughy and Sarah Jessica Parker:
After living for 36 months under the siege of Cardinalis, I cracked. My sleep patterns had altered, my ability to concentrate (already declining with age) was spiraling down to about 30-second intervals. My hands were shaky, my head ached, my vision blurred. I had morphed from a cookie-baking granny to a crazed zombie. I turned away from my bleeding-heart pals toward those who enjoy a more pragmatic turn of mind—those who honor the way of the warrior.I commented here on one of the subplots of the movie, in which one of the characters "is plagued by an incessently singing mockingbird that is keeping her awake at night and generally driving her crazy."
"I want to kill a cardinal," I announced to the middle-aged man behind the gun counter.
He glanced up from the weapon he was dismantling or cleaning or appraising and said, "It's against the law to shoot a cardinal."
"This is self-defense." I explained my predicament.
Is this an example of reality imitating fantasy (i.e., a copycat crime), or a parody on the evil of guns? There are just too many parallels between the movie and Cameron’s confession for there not to be some connection between the two. Is Wanda Cameron guilty of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or merely plagiarizing dialogue from a movie?
Addendum: Other bloggers who have written about this event, other than Birdchick and A DC Birding Blog, include Backyard Birder, Birder Blog (with follow-ups here and here), Liz of the cosmos, Mike’s Birding and Digiscoping Blog, The Bird Chaser, The Hawk-Owl’s Nest, O’DonnelWeb, and WoodSong.