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Adaptations

April 1, 2015

When ever somebody comes up with a good idea (or a bad idea really) in one medium, a lot of people try and think of a way to adapt it into another form of media. This has been happening for a long time and will continue to happen and I love it. Except when I hate it or I am indifferent. Adaptations are often very divisive among the more intense sections of a fandom especially when the adaptation changes details from the original work. People seem to either love or hate an adaption based on how much and what has changed from the source material. Quick thought: do you think people were pissed about I Am a Camera being adapted into Cabaret? Don’t research that. I’m certainly not going to. There probably were people who complained but it won Tony awards so probably nobody cared.


Iron Man 3

I love Iron Man 3 but there was a lot of grumbling from some comic book fans around the time this one came out. There is a certain twist at the end of the second act that throws a lot of people who are huge Iron Man fans. Those same fans were upset at how Whiplash was done in Iron Man 2 and so on through the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, I have a friend who can’t help but complain about every single movie Marvel puts out. He says he can’t enjoy them because they got details wrong. Each and every movie he hated, I loved because they were good movies. My thinking is that the movies are part of a separate universe where events came about a little differently. If the movies were exactly like the comics then I would be extremely bored. Instead, I like that they feed me little bits that are like the comic book and flesh out other details to make their own story.


Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Again, I loved all of the Lord of the Rings movies. I haven’t seen the last Hobbit movie yet but I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far. There was some criticism because they left a lot of the stuff out of the books. A lot of that stuff was interesting but I have the extended versions on DVD and those things are already 3 – 4 hours long per movie. I can live with losing a few events and poems so that I can not be watching the same movie for 5 hours. The same goes for Harry Potter movies by the way. So people complained about all of this stuff getting cut out and then they turned around and complained about Return of the King having multiple endings even though that’s how it is in the books. It’s a hard balance to strike when you want to please the hardcore fans and the casual fans and the people who had no clue Lord of the Rings is even a thing.

Which brings me to The Hobbit which decided to go the opposite direction. They threw everything from the book in and then invented a lot of stuff to flesh it out. Some have argued that this was done merely as a money grab. While that may have been the original motivation, I believe that the movies benefitted from the original story getting stretched out. The Hobbit is as chock full of detail as any of Tolkien’s books but he actually left a lot out. There are whole sections where Gandalf disappears and then they end up telling rather than showing what he was doing. It’s much more interesting to see all of that played out. Also in the original book the Dwarves were just extra characters with little personality and it was nice to see them fleshed out a little more. Again, it doesn’t make the source material bad or incomplete, it just makes for a better movie.


Man of Steel

Here is where I might start coming off like a hypocrite. I hated Man of Steel for two reasons. The first reason was that I didn’t think it was a good movie on its own merits. The second reason I didn’t like it was because I didn’t think it was a very good adaptation of the source material. In the comics Superman isn’t an asshole, Lois Lane isn’t a ditz and Jonathan Kent isn’t an idiot. I kind of went into a little more depth on this in my Man of Steel review. Still, apparently they were adapting the jerkier Superman from the recently rebooted New 52 initiative that I haven’t really read any of. That’s fine, I guess, but at least make it a good movie.

Conclusion

There’s more examples to be sure but they all amount to the same basic premise. Adaptations are their own animal and shouldn’t be judged by the original source material. There are exceptions, of course, but as long as the differences between the two aren’t too big then I usually see it as a faithful adaptation. I’m commited to keeping an open mind about things and not letting more negative sections of the fandom piss me off. This is the guy who liked Daredevil talking though so maybe you just wrote off everything I just said.

Entertainment A to Z

April 6, 2014

So I am stealing this from my friend Joe and altering it but he stole it from somebody else and altered it first so I think that works out.  Check my math.  The idea here is that I list my favorite Movie, Book, Comic Book and TV Show starting with each letter.  I had to make some hard decisions and there are a few spaces I had to leave early but whatever.

Numbers:
Movie – 9
Book – 1984 – George Orwell
Comic Book – 300
TV Show – 30 Rock

A:    Movie – The Avengers (2011)
Book – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Comic – Angel: After the Fall
TV Show – Arrow

B:     Movie – Batman Begins
Book – The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
Comic Book – Batman: The Long Halloween
TV Show – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

C:    Movie – Captain America: The First Avenger
Book – Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Comic Book – Civil War (Marvel Comics)
TV Show – Community

D:    Movie – The Dark Knight
Book – Dead Beat – Jim Butcher
Comic Book – Deadpool: Dead Presidents
TV Show – Doctor Who

E:    Movie – Escape from New York
Book – Earth (the Book) – Jon Stewart and Daily Show Writers
Comic Book – Excalibur: Defenders of the Realm
TV Show – Eureka

F:     Movie – Frozen
Book – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
Comic Book – Fables: Legends in Exile
TV Show – Firefly

G:    Movie – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Book – Groucho and Me – Julius “Groucho” Marx
Comic Book – Green Arrow: Year One
TV Show – Game of Thrones

H:    Movie – Hellboy
Book – Have a Nice Day! – Mick Foley
Comic Book – Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
TV Show – Hannibal

I:     Movie – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Book – If Chins Could Kill – Bruce Campbell
Comic Book – Iron Man: Armor Wars
TV Show – The Incredible Hulk

J:     Movie – Juno
Book – Jurrasic Park – Michael Crighton
Comic Book – JSA: Stealing Thunder
TV Show – Justice League United

K:    Movie – King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Book – A Kiss of Shadows – Laurell K. Hamilton
Comic Book – Kingdom Come (DC Comics)
TV Show – Kids in the Hall

L:     Movie – Life of Brian
Book – The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
Comic Book – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
TV Show – Leverage

M:  Movie – The Muppets (2011)
Book – The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA – Antonio Mendez
Comic Book – Marvels (Marvel Comics)
TV Show – Marvel’s Agents of Shield

N:    Movie – A Night at the Opera
Book – Nightlife – Rob Thurman
Comic Book – Nightwing: A Knight in Bludhaven
TV Show – Numb3rs

O:    Movie – Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Book – The Odyssey – Homer
Comic Book – Outsiders – Looking for Trouble
TV Show – The Outer Limits

P:    Movie – The Princess Bride
Book – Pawn of Prophecy – David Eddings
Comic Book – Punisher War Journal: Civil War
TV Show – Psych

Q:    Movie – Quantum of Solace
Book – Queen of Sorcery – David Eddings
Comic Book – The Question: Zen and Violence
TV Show – Quantum Leap

R:     Movie – Reservoir Dogs
Book – Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
Comic Book – Robin: Unmasked
TV Show – Rick and Morty

S:     Movie – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Book – The Shining – Stephen King
Comic Book – Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes
TV Show – South Park

T:     Movie – Taken
Book – A Time to Kill – John Grisham
Comic Book – Teen Titans: A Kid’s Game
TV Show – The Tick

U:    Movie – Up
Book – Underboss – Peter Maas
Comic Book – Underworld Unleashed (DC Comics)
TV Show –  The Unusuals

V:    Movie – V for Vendetta
Book – <None Yet>
Comic Book – Villains United (DC Comics)
TV Show –  Veronica Mars

W:   Movie – The Wizard of Oz
Book – Wrestlecrap: The Very Worst of Pro Wrestling – RD Reynolds
Comic Book – Watchmen
TV Show –  Warehouse 13

X:    Movie – X-Men: First Class
Book – <None Yet>
Comic Book – X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
TV Show –  X-Men Evolution

Y:    Movie – Yankee Doodle Dandy
Book – A Year at the Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey – Kevin Murphy
Comic Book – Young Justice: A League of Their Own
TV Show – Young Justice

Z:    Movie – Zero Dark Thirty
Book – Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
Comic Book – <None Yet>
TV Show –  Zoids


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