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2014-03-21 01:42:45 AM
Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.
 
2014-03-21 02:46:19 AM

Aulus: Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.


No kidding. All of the real classics have perfect endings that leave everyone happy.
 
2014-03-21 02:58:36 AM

thisdaydreamer: Aulus: Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.

No kidding. All of the real classics have perfect endings that leave everyone happy.


Not the point, but thanks for playing.
 
2014-03-21 03:36:24 AM

Aulus: Not the point, but thanks for playing.


Fine, I'll play. What is your point?
 
2014-03-21 05:37:29 AM
They'll never do Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel.
 
2014-03-21 09:10:05 AM
Subby is young.
 
2014-03-21 09:25:27 AM
Never heard of it.
 
2014-03-21 09:32:48 AM
Never heard of it. Looks rather ham-fistedly pretentious.
 
2014-03-21 09:40:42 AM
The book is 21 years old. Is subby 15?
 
2014-03-21 09:42:52 AM
Never heard of it
 
2014-03-21 10:12:28 AM
Yeah, Subby!  I really hate what the big bad Hollywood monster did to those classics "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games"!  How dare they mess with our ancestor's fine literature!
 
2014-03-21 10:30:04 AM
I'd be up for a Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel movie as long as it wasn't a cgi crapfest. Live effects ftw.

(The Seven Chinese Brothers would make for a great film, too)
 
2014-03-21 10:32:40 AM

Aulus: Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.


I too am curious what the point is here.

Can a book only be "classic" if it doesn't end in a "downer"?

Old Yeller?

/Phoebe would also mention Love Story, Brian's Song, and Terms of Endearment.
 
2014-03-21 10:34:05 AM

Therion: I'd be up for a Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel movie as long as it wasn't a cgi crapfest. Live effects ftw.

(The Seven Chinese Brothers would make for a great film, too)


I was about to correct you when I discovered there was a rewrite.

wth
 
2014-03-21 10:34:18 AM
And by seven I really mean five

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-21 10:37:44 AM
ooh, 13 seconds. Would have been a simulpost if I hadn't had to type the img src html.
 
2014-03-21 10:41:57 AM
I was an adult when that book was published. I'd never heard of it until this trailer came out. Being old sucks, but at least I never played with Pokemans.
 
2014-03-21 10:45:01 AM
Oh, I found this when I check to make sure it was five.

jiveysoft.com
 
2014-03-21 10:56:43 AM

Therion: (The Seven Chinese Brothers would make for a great film, too)


oh hell yeah.  let Stephen Chow do it!
 
2014-03-21 11:04:59 AM
The Decameron?
Justine?
The Delta of Venus?
Tropic of Cancer?
 
2014-03-21 11:09:08 AM

AFKobel: Aulus: Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.

I too am curious what the point is here.

Can a book only be "classic" if it doesn't end in a "downer"?

Old Yeller?

/Phoebe would also mention Love Story, Brian's Song, and Terms of Endearment.


Where the Red Fern Grows!
 
2014-03-21 11:21:48 AM

Sandwyrm: AFKobel: Aulus: Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.

I too am curious what the point is here.

Can a book only be "classic" if it doesn't end in a "downer"?

Old Yeller?

/Phoebe would also mention Love Story, Brian's Song, and Terms of Endearment.

Where the Red Fern Grows!


The Giving Tree?

The Bible?
 
2014-03-21 11:24:50 AM
Yeah, never heard of this "classic", either.

1993? Jesus, I was out of high school for 5 years at that point. Usually "classics" have been around awhile.
 
2014-03-21 11:41:21 AM
I was brought up with books like 'Just William', and 'Biggles'.
I've never heard of this one.
Yes, I'm old.
 
2014-03-21 11:56:14 AM

Sandwyrm: AFKobel: Aulus: Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.

I too am curious what the point is here.

Can a book only be "classic" if it doesn't end in a "downer"?

Old Yeller?

/Phoebe would also mention Love Story, Brian's Song, and Terms of Endearment.

Where the Red Fern Grows!


Youth books are notoriously depressing, getting the reader ready to handle death and things like that. Hell, the 'Chronicles of Narnia' ends with (almost) everyone dead from a train wreck and Narnia destroyed
 
2014-03-21 11:58:30 AM
Also, if you grew up on the movie version of 'The Neverending Story', don't read the original book. Seriously.
 
2014-03-21 12:29:14 PM
I wish someone had warned me about the "children's classic" Bridge to Terebitha.

I got the disc from netflix thinking: "Oh, children living in their own DnD/fantasy world? That should be good for light-hearted entertainment ... "
 
2014-03-21 12:36:14 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Also, if you grew up on the movie version of 'The Neverending Story', don't read the original book. Seriously.


Why? I enjoyed both, and read the book several times.  The original film ends about halfway through the book, and wits been 15+ years, but I recall the second half being pretty good as well.  Just avoid the sequel films (although #2 was ok, it has no direct ties to the book).
 
2014-03-21 12:41:21 PM
I did not grow up with this book, but I am an avid reader and never herad of it. I must be real old I guess?
 
2014-03-21 12:43:02 PM

Therion: I wish someone had warned me about the "children's classic" Bridge to Terebitha.

I got the disc from netflix thinking: "Oh, children living in their own DnD/fantasy world? That should be good for light-hearted entertainment ... "


Yeah, I slit my wrists halfway through that. Depressing.
 
2014-03-21 12:53:34 PM
Never heard of it, I grew up on Asimov and Bradbury.
 
2014-03-21 01:08:04 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: RoyFokker'sGhost: Also, if you grew up on the movie version of 'The Neverending Story', don't read the original book. Seriously.

Why? I enjoyed both, and read the book several times.  The original film ends about halfway through the book, and wits been 15+ years, but I recall the second half being pretty good as well.  Just avoid the sequel films (although #2 was ok, it has no direct ties to the book).


With the book, the second half being about Bastian becoming a right little shiat, loosing himself in the abuses of power, loosing his memories, and a hefty dose of German Existentialism, it just got a little too depressing for me, considering the (relatively) positive note on which the first half ended.
 
2014-03-21 01:13:25 PM

Mikey1969: Yeah, never heard of this "classic", either.

1993? Jesus, I was out of high school for 5 years at that point. Usually "classics" have been around awhile.


So, basically, it's not a classic solely because you're old and out of touch?

Hate to break it to you, gramps, but the people who were reading this in middle school when it came out have their own kids in middle school now that have never heard of it because it's too old.

/ never heard of it either
// under no delusions that the problem here is just that I'm old, however
 
2014-03-21 01:19:47 PM
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Give'r?
 
2014-03-21 01:25:08 PM

skozlaw: Mikey1969: Yeah, never heard of this "classic", either.

1993? Jesus, I was out of high school for 5 years at that point. Usually "classics" have been around awhile.

So, basically, it's not a classic solely because you're old and out of touch?

Hate to break it to you, gramps, but the people who were reading this in middle school when it came out have their own kids in middle school now that have never heard of it because it's too old.

/ never heard of it either
// under no delusions that the problem here is just that I'm old, however


Yeah, but 21 years old doesn't exactly count as "classic". Especially when we keep seeing people on here asking 'What book?'. Usually a "classic" on fark draws a few more people familiar with its classic-ness...
 
2014-03-21 01:32:14 PM
Can we all start talking about how the trailer looks nothing like anything in the book?

Action sequences? Full color? Hover Cars? It was a small personal story, would have worked better as an indy film.
 
2014-03-21 01:39:58 PM
I have never read it ... any good?
 
2014-03-21 02:32:10 PM
Make Way For fark This.
 
2014-03-21 02:39:28 PM
My son had to read that piece of crap in school.  I read it with him.

Yet another "utopian society" where in reality it's not.

Dreck.
 
2014-03-21 02:43:23 PM
Hey hollywood, keep your damn hands off of Matthew and the Midnight Towtruck.
That one is off limits.
 
2014-03-21 02:47:17 PM
I already saw The Matrix.
 
2014-03-21 03:27:22 PM

Mikey1969: Yeah, but 21 years old doesn't exactly count as "classic".


The word classic does not actually imply "old". Hence the concept of the "modern classic".

I think the bigger problem here might be that it's not a classic because nobody seems to have heard of it, perhaps because it never really established itself as a particularly good example of work from its time period.
 
2014-03-21 03:37:28 PM

skozlaw: Mikey1969: Yeah, but 21 years old doesn't exactly count as "classic".

The word classic does not actually imply "old". Hence the concept of the "modern classic".

I think the bigger problem here might be that it's not a classic because nobody seems to have heard of it, perhaps because it never really established itself as a particularly good example of work from its time period.


Yeah, we're getting a little loose in our application of terms like 'Modern Classic' even. I've heard that applied to things that are only a couple of years old. The problem is when people start using words incorrectly now, they just expand the definition. At least you still have to have a concrete date range for things like cars and buildings... 25 years to get a historic plate I think, and usually a 100 year old building to get protected status. I like concrete lines for some definitions. :-)
 
2014-03-21 04:55:15 PM
You know what I hate?

"X has been ruined" every time someone makes a movie out of a presumably cherished book or other non-theatrical work.

The book still exists, you can go back and read it any time you want. You can also choose to see or not see the adaptation of said book. Nothing is ruined and you should save your rage for things that actually matter.
 
2014-03-21 05:18:15 PM

wearetheworld: Sandwyrm: AFKobel: Aulus: Classic?

Seriously, that book is one of the biggest downers, ever.

I too am curious what the point is here.

Can a book only be "classic" if it doesn't end in a "downer"?

Old Yeller?

/Phoebe would also mention Love Story, Brian's Song, and Terms of Endearment.

Where the Red Fern Grows!

The Giving Tree?

The Bible?


1984?

/ try re-reading 1984 as propaganda that was written for the inner party while pretending that you are an inner party member.
 
2014-03-21 05:22:38 PM
yea ok a little new to be  childhood 'classic" but i do see what's up here.

A story about a 12 year old, is a very different story than one about a mid/late teenager.
Teens are just angsty and boring really. only other teens tend to find them interesting.
Unlike how a real child's POV can be magical,open and ask meaningful questions, not just will i get the girl?
which has the look of what it is going to be distilled down to in the movie.

books, you read? oh you might think a little , here try this.
movies? yea here is a wipe for the drool inducing boring sameness, which almost ironically is what the very story of the book is questioning.
 
2014-03-21 05:24:24 PM

Cheater71: Can we all start talking about how the trailer looks nothing like anything in the book?

Action sequences? Full color? Hover Cars? It was a small personal story, would have worked better as an indy film.


Yeah it screams like they wanted to make an action/rebellion story.   It's a different film with bits of the book grafted on.
 
2014-03-21 05:32:38 PM
For those wondering, it is  a book which pretty much every English speaking schoolchild will read at some point, mainly due to lazy teachers who see a gold foil stamp on the cover of a book and think "Oh, it's a good book, then."  Speaking in very general terms, books that win awards do so because they check all the boxes on a long list of what the award givers want to see.  This seldom makes for a book that is actually enjoyable to read.

You can go into schools all over America and find this foil stamped dreck in just about every classroom.  "The Giver" is generally found to infest middle schools, while a comparable piece of award winning crap for the elementary schools would be "Sarah, Plain and Tall".  And they wonder why kids don't like reading...

CSB:  My elementary school had a 50 year old copy of Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.  It was probably the thickest book in the library, but each page was full of sword fights, gallons of blood sloshing around, dead children and high adventure.  I stumbled across it one day and received a somewhat bemused look from the librarian when I checked it out.  It was absolutely awesome, but has won no children's book awards.
/CSB
 
2014-03-21 05:38:23 PM

scumbucket: For those wondering, it is  a book which pretty much every English speaking schoolchild will read at some point, mainly due to lazy teachers who see a gold foil stamp on the cover of a book and think "Oh, it's a good book, then."  Speaking in very general terms, books that win awards do so because they check all the boxes on a long list of what the award givers want to see.  This seldom makes for a book that is actually enjoyable to read.


The Giver is a decent book, but I read it in grade 7 or 8.  It's actually a pretty difficult book to keep a kid that age's attention.   If it was written a bit more maturely it would make decent reading for high school.   Kids that age also do not like bittersweet stories and that's definitely what it is (and I'll be amazed if the movie keeps that aspect.)

However, Giver's sequel is a legitimately good read.   Not an amazing book but a decent one.  It's also far more suited for a movie so I'm surprised they didn't combine it and the first book into one story, leaving The Giver as more of a first act.
 
2014-03-21 05:50:33 PM
No, this looks like the village part scifi.  You know the m might shamalamadingdog disaster of 2004.
 
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