Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Books aren't dead: without them there'd be no Oscars!


Keisha Parks schools all of you fanboys, iPhone/Droid app junkies, geeks, gamers and assorted miscreants who feel the written word, and the book, is dead. Many of you squealed...discomfitted (yes that's a word), discombulated...as that 21st Century Tarzan flick, Avatar, lost the Best Picture Oscar. But think about this--Avatar was one of the few movies nominated that wasn't based on the printed page. Yes, even the films Nat loves to hate, like Twilight and the The Blind Side, where wordsmithed in late night sessions with the laptop and scribbled notes (a Princeton classmate of your's truly, Michael Lewis, penned The Blind Side).

Computer games are based on works of literature/epic poetry, short stories, seminal mythology. And indeed the geek wet dream, The Watchmen flick, is based, of course, on 1986-87's The Watchmen graphic novel, which in itself, is so far above what's out there both now & then that scholars consider it a work of literature.

G'won Keisha. Review the piece here.

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Christa Weil said...

Amen Keisha, thanks Chris! This one should be forwarded far and wide . . .

Derek said...

The people who usually make these predictions are trying to pander to the miscreants!

Pebbles Flintstone said...

I co-sign, Christa.

ch555x said...

Good points (of course, I work in a library with books collecting dust, so a big co-sign)!

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The next geek wet dream is Clash of the Titans.

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Funny Chris
I guess Precious qualifies as well, it was written from a novel, I mean ghetto lit...

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