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Apr. 13th, 2002

06:34 pm - Let the good times roll...

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Had a fairly productive day so far. Paid the rent, and done some shopping (including a comics run), so I'm reading through my weekly haul at the moment. Looks like Death will be appearing in Lucifer soon, which is pretty cool.

Amelia (Simon's girlfriend) is away at the moment, so we've been watching a Dr Who DVD ("Tomb of the Cybermen"), which was fun. A real Lads' Afternoon, or something like that :) I see sulkyblue has acquired some new videos, so I guess we'll be watching them at some point, which will be good, particularly "The Dish" which I haven't seen yet.

I also picked up the Spider-Man film novelisation earlier, which poses me with the dilemma of whether to read it before I see the film. On the "yes" side, it looks like a good film, I like the character (I have >1000 Spidey comics), Peter David is one of my favourite writers, and the film isn't out for another two months. On the "no" side, I might enjoy the film more if I don't read the book first. Hmm.

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From:dynix
Date:April 14th, 2002 01:55 am (UTC)

dont do it!

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The book is more likely to spoil the film for you than the other way round!
On the curious facts note, the novelisation of Johnny Mnemonic isnt at all bad. The film itself I still havent forgiven them for.
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From:johnckirk
Date:April 14th, 2002 05:27 am (UTC)

Re: dont do it!

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Hmm. OK, so far Lorna has said "Yes, do it", whereas Dyn and all my Durham friends said "No, don't!" Maybe I should take a brief holiday to the USA to see the film in 3 weeks :)

I don't normally read the novel first, only when I haven't had easy access to the film. In the case of "B5: Thirdspace" and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" I liked the novel better, but particularly in the latter case I think that might be because the film was truly dire...

I read "The Hobbit" and "Fellowship of the Ring" (and the start of "The Two Towers") last summer, before I went to see the film at the cinema, and I enjoyed that film. On the other hand, that was a case where the book preceded the film, whereas this is a book of the film.

Hmm.

OK, I think I'll wait. In the meantime, I'll tempt myself with the action figures:
http://www.toymaniacs.com/2001/sub_pg3.cfm?subcat_id=78&cat_id=16
I do quite like the bottom one there (super-posable with gargoyle ledge)...
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 14th, 2002 06:09 am (UTC)

Re: dont do it!

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They novelised Johnny Mnemonic? It was a William Gibson short story to start with...

Steve
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From:dynix
Date:April 14th, 2002 08:00 am (UTC)

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mm I know - I love the short story.
Theres a novel of the movie floating about too.
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From:baratron
Date:April 16th, 2002 05:21 pm (UTC)

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It does always amaze me the number of sf short stories that become full-length films. I mean, how do you make a 10 minute story into a 2 hour film?
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 18th, 2002 11:07 am (UTC)

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Surely it just allows them to skip the automatic elimination of 90% of the original plot that is the essential first step in making a film of any book you love? :-)

S
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