March 30th, 2008

His Master's Voice, lapdog, nipper, tool

The Spirit of Radio

quelonzia just defined exactly what makes a good radio station:

"They play what you want to hear, when you didn't know you wanted to hear it."

This is why I often prefer to listen to the radio rather than focus strictly on my own collection of CDs or MP3s, and why I was so dismayed by the demise of KMAX.

She was prompted to this observation after this morning's coffee run, when KUFX responded to our nostalgic conversation about Elric of Melniboné with a "triple play" of Blue Öyster Cult.
hoard potato, tv, movies

The Hoard Potato: Books That Oughta Be Movies

You hear a lot of discussion these days about the sudden surge of fantasy and SF epics. Some people can't fathom it. Some try to explain it by socioeconomic circumstances, claiming that hard times give a boost to "escapist" media -- and ignoring fact that the steady increase in such fantastic fare was unaffected by the boom times of the '90s. Some are actively offended by it: anything with an element of the extraordinary has been thrust into a literary ghetto for the last century and a half, and, by golly, that's where it belongs.

At least one writer has looked at the clamor to adapt SF and fantasy works a half-century old or older, and used that as evidence that the Speculative Fiction genre is so tapped out that Hollywood can't find anything new to adapt.

To me, it's straightforward. Why are all these movies coming out now? Why has it taken more than half a century for some of thse works to reach the screen?

Simple. It wasn't possible before now.

The convergence of animation and special effects has finally reached a point where entirely new realities -- or surrealities -- can be portrayed convincingly on the big screen, without recourse to full cel animation. Works that were simply unfilmable before now offer new opportunities to exercise this technology, to entice an audience eager for larger-than-life spectacle.

The question isn't why Hollywood is dredging up old works to adapt. The question is, why aren't they adapting more of them, the really good stuff?

In other words... the stuff I like?

Well, Your Obedient Serpent had a list of "Books That Oughta Be Movies" simmering on the back burner for a long while, and I'm in the mood to start posting about'em.

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Argue about my casting choices or directorial dictates in the comments.

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