On the Subject of Adaptations: Part 3 – Goldilocks

Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings have been lauded as cinematic achievements. The task of putting a series to film that was long considered unable to be adapted  was daunting and if the first film failed, there was no hope for the following two. However, through a labor of love truly deserving of the cliché, Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) set the standard for film adaptations of epic fantasy.

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The Fellowship of the Ring

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Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity – Review

Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity by Robert Brockway

Published in 2012

Pages: 336

Genre: Science fiction

“Red dreamt in half-present shapes; screen burnt images twisting behind his eyelids.”

Red is a drug beta tester living in a city called the Four Pillars. He is given a contract to try a new version of Presence, a drug people use that somehow allows them all to hallucinate en masse. While under the influence of this drug, he ends up in the slums of the city and must find his way back (the destination isn’t explicitly explained, so let’s just say somewhere not in the slums) before the company that pays him to test the drug sends hired goons to kill him for breaching his nondisclosure agreement. If this sounds strange and a little confusing, that’s because it is; Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity is one of the worst science fiction books I have ever read. It was a chore to finish and if I hadn’t been reading it in order to write this review, I would have dropped it by the end of chapter two. That rhyme wasn’t intentional. Continue reading “Rx: A Tale of Electronegativity – Review”

An impromptu blog: Over 50 followers on WordPress.com!

I want to say thank you so much to those of you on here who read my blog. I wasn’t sure how successful it would be due to my lengthy posts, but seeing you all reading my work really warms my heart, along with other clichés I can’t think of right now.

This was a milestone I wasn’t sure I would reach this year since starting my blog back in May. I realize that there are thousands, if not millions, of other book review blogs and the fact that even one person enjoys my writing, let alone fifty people, really lifts my spirits.

I don’t write listicles or post content from other sources as the main topic of my blog and I realize that this significantly narrows my readership, but I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my words.

As a reward for your loyalty, here is a picture of my fat cat. His name is Hunter, he is 14 years old and weighs 16 lbs. He might even live to 15 if he would STOP RUBBING HIS FACE AGAINST ELECTRICAL OUTLETS

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Thank you again to my 51 followers on WordPress.com and the 39 on my blog’s Facebook page. Here’s to the next 50!

On the Subject of Adaptations: Part 2 – Too Close for Comfort

Like many of his films, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (2009) has a polarizing effect. While I can appreciate the aesthetic choices and faithfulness to Alan Moore’s 1986 comic of the same name, I am in the camp that doesn’t care for the adaptation. While one can nitpick the acting and presentation, it is the trepidation to take much artistic license on Snyder’s behalf (except for the lackluster ending and strange mid-air sex scene, which we will get into in a moment) that causes my dislike of the adaptation.

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Moore’s comic on (left) vs. Snyder’s adaptation (right)

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On the Subject of Trigger Warnings

A trigger warning is a disclaimer that something unsettling, disturbing, or that has the possibility of upsetting the reader will be found within a piece of writing. I will not post trigger warnings because life doesn’t come with them and I don’t believe in babying my readers just to make them feel happy or safe. Growing up means facing upsetting things and learning not only how to deal with them but how to accept the terrible in the world and either do something about it or move on. (Here comes my unpopular opinion) Continue reading “On the Subject of Trigger Warnings”