Monday, 10 April 2006

Little Red Riding Hood

If you ask her really nicely, Jo will gladly sell you these two driods she recently purchased from their rightful owner.
Death Star plans included!

6 comments:

uri said...

Tatooine jokes aside, the important point is the great book choice.

Moshe Reuveni said...

I fully agree.
And it's even more of a compliment when considering it was my choice...
I'm now in a Phillip KaDick collection of short stories (in the middle of Minority Report). Don't know what it is about his writing: I fully acknowledge he's really good, but his book never really manage to captivate me.

uri said...

Short stories are usually less captivating, but I feel the same way about Kadick (although I like Ubik a lot).
I once read that Heinlein heroes tend to be supermen, Simak’s heroes are average and Dick’s are usually incompetent.
Maybe that’s why we have a hard time relating, since we’re both so hyper-talented.

Moshe Reuveni said...

There is probably a lot in the point that you make; we all aspire to be an Indiana Jones.
But one thing I can say about a KaDick book is which I am pretty much unable to say about any other book I'm familiar with is that in the case of Blade Runner, the film was much better than the book.

uri said...

Didn't you feel the same way about Dune? Starship Troopers?
I think it has a lot to do with what you experience first. Of the several people I know that read the LotR after watching the movie, only one likes the books better. And I don't think there's really a question here.

Moshe Reuveni said...

I agree that I used to think the Dune film was better than the book, but I no longer think this is the case. I never really liked the book and I don't think the movie is spectacular no matter how undressed Sting is; but overall, today, I think the book does a better job at conveying the message.

With regards to Starship Troopers, I think the story's a bit different: The book is excellent, the movie is excellent, but they're both different - they discuss different things. If you are after a statement on facism in our current Western way of life, the film is one of the better discussions on this issue; but still, overall, the book is better on points (even if it is like comparing apples to video games).

I won't even bother discussin Lord of the Rings, because as much as I like the films I would impale anyone who says the films are better than the book.

Blade Runner stand out in this comparison because the book is just defused, unfocused, and relatively boring. It's not that bad, but the film's much better.