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Thursday, 17 December 2009

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Thomas

On the subject of comics, "it wasn't anything like the book," is a constant complaint when novels are made into movies. Then Watchmen came out and one reviewer complained that it was exactly like reading the book.

Can we fucking win, no.

Luther Blissett

There must be some happy medium between comics and tedious John Fowles novels. But I'm a snob. I find that both comics and Fowles run the gamut from stupid to pretentious, without much in between.

SEK

Then Watchmen came out and one reviewer complained that it was exactly like reading the book.

That reviewer was wrong for the simple fact that there's no such this as "exactly like the book," what with the sound, movement, etc. There's mimicry, no doubt, but it's been interpreted.

But I'm a snob. I find that both comics and Fowles run the gamut from stupid to pretentious, without much in between.

One, I'm not going to let you tar all comics as stupid, because that, in itself, would be stupid; two, I'm not going to let you tar all John Fowles novels as tedious, as I've only read half of this one and have given up in order to read this instead.

James T

Thomas: There are states inbetween "pointless use of a comic's name or characters in a production with no other connction to the source", and "artlessly replicating a work in a medium for which it was not written, and then chopping off the parts that don't fit (while inflating the fight scenes tenfold anyway, because DUDE BADASSES ARE BADASS). I disagree with that reviewer; watching the film was not like reading the comic, it was like having an idiot describe to you this totally awesome comic he read.

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