Gerry Canavan

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  1. “Parents, better start your boundless weeping now just to get ahead of it.”

    Oh, come. I have no doubt that the movie will be a horrific piece of dreck that will savage the reputation of a brilliant story and forever the tarnish the name of a brilliant and beloved author. But I think that “boundless weeping” is a bit of an overreaction, even so.

    Stephen Frug

    October 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

    • I meant it the other way! I’m going to cry like a baby if I see this movie regardless of how good it is.

      gerrycanavan

      October 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

      • I know, I was being snarky. Seriously, I simply do NOT understand people who are HAPPY when favored literary (or whatever) works are announced as being adapted for film. The results are FAR more often than not terrible, and even when they’re not terrible, they’re a calumny on whatever work we love. When I hear a movie of some favored work is coming out — and I love Chiang’s stories dearly — I am always horrified and sad and hope it falters before it hits the big screen.

        I get why AUTHORS go for these things — they get a lot of money from them. But why do FANS cheer them on? Seriously, thinking a movie of something you like is going to be good THIS TIME is like thinking that THIS TIME Republican fever will break, or the Democrats will actually stand up for decency.

        Stephen Frug

        October 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

      • You’re making me reconsider how awesome I think a City & the City adaptation would obviously, undeniably be.

        gerrycanavan

        October 11, 2013 at 8:45 am


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