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Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 1:27 a.m. PST

Stainless Steel Rat? Yeah, that I can see as a "Jason Bourne /Mission Impossible" type movie. The problem being that, the further into the series, the more that Harrison lapsed into self parody.

Starship troopers? A book more about the philosophy of warfare rather than the warfare and look at the rubbish that's already come before. I vote for it but I'm dubious.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 3:14 a.m. PST

Two or three decent books on the list, but nothing which really has movie potential. And there's at least one example of genuine sadism. The horror of being flogged through Silas Marner in high school English remains with me 50 years later.

All those people on aldaily whining about the decline in college humanities majors should take a look at what they do in high school to discourage anyone ever taking an interest in literature.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 5:42 a.m. PST

Literature is wasted on the young anyway. I enjoy it way more as an adult having accumulated some life experience.

Old Wolfman10 Jul 2019 6:50 a.m. PST

Still,Dina Meyer made a visually pleasing Dizzy. And RiffTrax did quite the job on SST; "Rico(Polo)" And Wishbone,the Jack Russell did some interesting adaptations of some of the stories listed so far.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 7:19 a.m. PST

Oh, be fair, Flashman. Those of us who were interested were passing around copies of Heinlein, Tolkien, Lovecraft and Howard between classes while Teacher was standing there insisting that Real Literature consisted of Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner and Fitzgerald--the four horsemen of the literary Apocalypse. (Even there, they missed the good stuff. No such thing as "A Diamond Big as the Ritz" of "The Undefeated" in the academic litverse.)

We were interested in literature. We just weren't buying what the academics were selling.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP10 Jul 2019 7:02 p.m. PST

I rather enjoyed Steinbecks Cannery Row & Tortilla flat. Apart from that I find that I'm once again agreeing with robert… darn it.

And yes, what the educational establishment label as literature, when compared to what we would call the real quill, is pretty much awful. But I think the issue there is a matter of time. Before them, nobody wrote anything like it, since then everybody has copied / plagiarized the style and content so much we consider them rather old fashioned and excruciating to read. A bit like Chaucer or trying to read Byron or Shelley without feeling like an utter wonk…

Old Contemptible11 Jul 2019 9:03 a.m. PST

So a remake of Starship Troopers, since it is already a movie? More true to the book?

Deucey11 Jul 2019 12:46 p.m. PST

I've read Starship Troopers and seen the movie. Neither one is anywhere near as interesting as the Avalon Hill game!

Dn Jackson12 Jul 2019 4:22 a.m. PST

I agree with Robert as well. I still have very fond memories of my 10th grad English teacher who assigned me 'Stranger in a Strange Land' to read. He's my hero for seeing what actual interests I had and assigning me something good!

Pictors Studio12 Jul 2019 9:11 p.m. PST

I loved Silas Marner, I'd go see a movie adaptation of that.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2019 9:13 a.m. PST

Your wish is our command Oh Pictor!


rmaker15 Jul 2019 9:09 p.m. PST

Real Literature consisted of Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner and Fitzgerald--the four horsemen of the literary Apocalypse.

Count yourself lucky that it wasn't Salinger, Kerouac, and Ferlinghetti.

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