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Posted on 19 Jan 2013 09:50:29 GMT
Garscadden says:
I remember reading a kids shakespeare book when I was younger, it *may* have been Tales from Shakespeare (Wordsworth Children's Classics) - I remember it as being quite well done, not hugely interesting at the time, but better than most of the rubbish they have you reading at that age. I did find that when I cam to read shakespeare at school having an idea of the stories was actually quite beneficial.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 10:10:46 GMT
Anita says:
Sorry, I have a knack for P. S.s it seems...

Don't know a thing about Australia to be honest, but once I happened to see a 'tribute' concert for Queen on TV. Okay - I'm not a TV watcher and not a big Queen fan, still, it found it just... horrible.

When I was *much* younger and (for some reason) angry with myself, I did read Gone With The Wind. Was very much surprised, as the book was a lot better than I expected (thouroughly hated the film btw, the film itself/the main actress were as anemic, as the book was full of life). So later did read the so-much-talked-about sequel. Now, talk about bad. I ended up counting things that were, allegedly, picked up from the original (some character trends of the main characters, etc.) and were sooo badly amiss...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 19:47:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2013 21:58:29 GMT
gille liath says:
Just to clarify: tribute bands don't appeal to me per se, but - if it's a choice between the two - I'd rather a pub band play somebody else's good songs than their own rubbish ones. And if they do a good job, as an experience it can even be better than the real thing (given that you're only ever likely to experience the real thing in some massive, soulless stadium where you're treated like livestock for export).

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 20:20:31 GMT
Garscadden says:
On the subject of famous characters - especially Sherlock Holmes. Hugh Laurie's long running portrayal of a character which is pretty much Sherlock Holmes in a modern setting is, I think, very well carried out. Obviously I have no idea who the writer was, so Hugh Laurie gets the credit.

(Not that I actually have seen that much of the programme in question - but I know someone who was a big fan, and ended up watching a reasonable amount).

I think in cases such as that, and Flashman, where an existing character is taken, and an interesting new scenario is built around them - well, that's not bad at all. And that's similar to the interesting musical covers I suppose. Just lifting the character and doing more of the same doesn't add anything, and just shows a complete lack of any kind of imagination.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:22:28 GMT
gille liath says:
Yeah - which is as much as to say that, like anything else, it depends how well it's done.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:45:55 GMT
Anita says:
Just to clarify even more :), and it was said before, I think, I do see a difference between tribute bands and cover versions. There *are* rather good cover versions (and if by any chance you watched "The Wire", one of my favourite shows, and good for some not-TV-watcher like me, as we don't have it on TV, and I do watch DVDs... so, if you watched it, you know what I mean, the theme tune, the same and by different musicians every season). And that's *not* even saying anything on classical music and such.

However, what I refer to as 'tributes' is a bunch of guys trying to present a 'copy' of the original. And there my huge dislike starts...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:48:38 GMT
Anita says:
I've seen maybe an episode or two of House, but never even thought of Sherlock Holmes... A compliment to show makers, I suppose :)

(If *that* is the show you are talking about...)
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 20:53:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2013 20:59:38 GMT
gille liath says:
Yeah, there is a difference. Actually pretending to *be* those people is a bit weird.

But there the analogy with fiction breaks down - someone 'recycling' established characters doesn't have to pretend to be the original author.

Don't watch the Wire - I hate cop shows except a British one you probably haven't seen, appropriately called The Cops (and one or two older, dafter ones like Starsky & Hutch and The Sweeney). But I used to listen to a radio show that did much the same thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:25:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 21:27:31 GMT
monica says:
Oh, well done G. Owens. A musical reference nearly as obscure as the linguistic one. I wonder, did Bonzo Dog Band precede or follow Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band? Which made me wonder, in turn, whether there are more people who've heard of Jefferson Starship than of Jefferson Airplane. (D'jeffferson-Aeroplane, for those who went to a good school.)
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