Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The rich, rewarding world of fine literature

Teeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I've just finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

My conclusion?

Too much Austen, not enough ultraviolent Zombie mayhem.

23 comments:

squib said...

Is Austin how the Americans spell it? I have this book - worth it for the cover alone but I didn't finish it

Am reading The Red and the Black at the moment. The hero spends all his spare time climbing into women's bedrooms with a ladder. It's very exciting

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Yes, well spotted, Squib.

I can only put that down to the fact that my loathing for Jane Austen is exceeded only by my loathing for Tim Winton.

And that bloke who wrote The Slap

squib said...

I forgive you

Alex said...

I have no intention of reading The Slap, but I do remember when it was released and literary-people everywhere were fawning all over it. Since then, I've heard it derided and ridiculed many times.

My question: are people offended by the subject matter, or is it just badly written?

Oh yeah, that is a pretty outstanding cover.

squib said...

Melba said it was badly written

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I'm offended by the author, Alex.

Kettle said...

Hey Squib are you reading a lot of Frenchy books at the moment (or am I creating a trend based on one book)?

Alex said...

Um, that seems a bit vague, Ramon. But I had a look at the review Melba did (thanks Squib & Melba) and I think I get the picture.

squib said...

So far this year, Journey to the Center of the Earth,Old Man Goriot, L'Assommoir, The Three Musketeers, Nana, The Red and the Black... tres Frenchy, indeedy

Kettle said...

Hey I read the comic book version of Journey to the Centre of the Earth - it was awesomely pithy. And how cool that the travellers were spewed up by that volcano on the other side of the world! Even better than teleportation.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

I saw the film.

squib said...

The film was a disgrace! The professor was German, not Scottish. Second, there wasn't a woman prancing around in her knickerbockers. Third, there was no evil Swede chasing them. Fourth, there was no duck called Gertrude!!

Alex said...

To be fair Squib, the duck was the best part of the movie.

Kettle, did that come from that Classics Illustrated (or whatever it was) place, or somewhere different?

And this is all off-topic and self-indulgent; but it seems MITRE are spruiking an algorithm that determines (67-75% accuracy) a person's sex by examining the way they write online. Here's a summary article and here's the full paper describing how it's done* (PDF). Could this mean an end to confusion over these things, once and for all *wink, wink*?

*Apparently, if you use emoticons, sms-speak and talk a lot about shopping and chocolate, you're more likely to be female. What do the ladies here think, I wonder?

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Oh, fair suck of the sav, Squib.

That was an ace film!

Kettle said...

Squib was the Swede a person or a potato?

Ramon why are you offended by The Slap's author?

Alex it was indeed the Classics Illustrated version - marvellous. I read it while waiting for a ferry a few weeks ago; my son played Fruit Ninja while I read my comic. We were the happiest people on the wharf.

Also Alex, anyone who uses SMS-speak, talks about shopping and chocolate and uses emoticons is letting the team down, whichever team they're on.

Alex said...

Very cool, Kettle. I'm glad you're enjoying your foray into the funnies. Did you find one written in verse, like you were asking about?

anyone who uses SMS-speak, talks about shopping and chocolate and uses emoticons is letting the team down

Good call, me thinks.

Kettle said...

Alex I didn't end up finding a verse comic and, as I had a bit of a deadline for the thing I was working on, had to give up the search and use (lordy, I can barely make myself say it)... a Leunig cartoon and poem instead. Oh the indignity!

Alex said...

There, there, Kettle. Whatever doesn't kill us...

MG said...

Ah The Slap. Yes it was badly written but the characters were woeful too. Also the insertion of sex scenes/sex thoughts was so regular as to be annoying. I don't like sex in books anyway; so hard to do well so don't do it.

And it wasn't that the characters were unlikeable (they were mostly detestable) but they were uninteresting. I loved Dead Europe so I know he can write well, and create interesting characters.

Another writer who I feel a similar way about is Geraldine Brooks. I loved Nine Parts of Desire, loved Year of Wonders and hated People of the Book. Hated it so much it put me off her for good. Didn't read March and have no interest in Caleb's Crossing. probably because it's historical fiction as well, which I tend to avoid.

And hello everyone. How they hanging?

MG said...

BTW would like to discuss more about Tim Winton. He is much derided far and wide. I have mixed feelings about him.

Ramon, is there something specific or is it just a general je ne said quoi with you and him?

squib said...

Alex, that gender algorithm, why is it suddenly news? I remember blogging about that in 2007. It was called Gender Genie

Kettle, it was a Swede wot looked like a potato. Speaking of ducks...Leunig!

Hello, Melbs, things are hanging good

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

He strikes me as an self-important tit.

Unfair of me I know, but what can you do?

Alex said...

You have a blog, Squib?

I guess Google, Facebook & Twitter weren't all-consuming back in 2007. As far as I can tell, the thing being touted now is a tool designed specifically to improve targeted-advertising on social-media services. Basically, it should result in you seeing fewer ads for penis-enlargement and more for libido-enhancement and weight-loss.

Melba, hanging fine here also.