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Posted on 26 May 2013 14:56:41 BDT
Brian says:
A movie that should have been a graphic novel too- Fight Club

Posted on 26 May 2013 15:00:21 BDT
Speaking of Jonathan Coe, I'm pleased his new novel Expo 58 was on the Vine list for this month, so I snapped up an advance copy.

Posted on 26 May 2013 17:03:53 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Ryan, Snap! I'm currently reading that. It was the blurb that decided me as I have only ever read 'The Rain Before it Falls' before, which was a book group choice. This is much better. : )

Brain, I've always thought that True Grit would probably be good as a graphic novel.

Posted on 26 May 2013 18:47:19 BDT
schwartz says:
Watchmen is definately my favorite Graphic novel - film. I didn't think it would work, but they managed to keep it close to the plot and the feel of the book.

Fight Club is one of very few films that I preferred to the book, possibly beacuse I saw the film first.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 19:57:17 BDT
M, Could you get more involved with it? if you did you could make choices of what films are to be shown, is there a charge that goes into buying/renting the DVD's?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 20:00:44 BDT
Same here, closely followed by V for vendetta and From Hell, latest I have read is Y the last man (very good) Preacher thought I would not like this but loved it in the end.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 20:06:26 BDT
Ryan Williams, where would you put it in his cannon of work? what is it about?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 20:13:09 BDT
I haven't started it yet: I have Joseph Mitchell to finish first.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 20:22:29 BDT
Oh, Ok, please post what you think when you have read it, I'm just about to start The Colossus of maroussi so many people have told me it's their favourite book.

Posted on 26 May 2013 21:09:20 BDT
Always do: it's a Vine requirement to post a review for every product I get within two weeks.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 21:24:31 BDT
I Readalot says:
Ryan, I had only picked one item from the latest newsletter and after Expo 58 being mentioned here I thought, why not?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 21:57:33 BDT
Brian says:
Yeah. Fight Club is one of my all time favorite movies. I was so glad they didn't ruin it with a sequel.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 22:20:13 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Nicholas, it isn't something I really want to get involved with. I know someone who helped a church with their music. I would suspect that like them I would get lumbered with all the paperwork. With the music they had a licence but then every hymn in copyright had to be listed, how many times it had been played in the period, etc. I don't know if it would be like that for films, and I don't want to find out. : )

Posted on 27 May 2013 05:20:46 BDT
The problem with modern literature is that it has bifurcated into high brow and low brow entertainment. Shakespeare wrote epic plays that could be enjoyed by both the educated and the ignorant with a real desire to turn a buck (or pound rather). Give me Terry Pratchett and J.K. Rowling. Or Stephen King on this side of the pond. "Serious" literature can go into the trash with the Harlequin Romances and Mack Bolan books.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 11:30:12 BDT
Fair enough, Years ago would have a DVD night where I would have friends round to my house and rent 2-3 DVD's and share the cost, always was a good night as you ca talk about the films afterwards.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 16:17:02 BDT
Nicholas,

The review's up.

Posted on 27 May 2013 17:16:26 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Nicholas, to be honest I have never been, as it always seems to be something that I've already seen, so I don't know how they work it out. I only assume that there would be paperwork as it is part of the pub, and you know what some of these licences are like that you get from the councils. I remember one job I had I was asked to look into something, if you'll pardon the pun it was literally a time and motion study of the toilets. Have we enough or do we need more to keep down on queueing and delays? I don't think I have been so embarrassed in my life, standing outside the cubicles with a stopwatch and clipboard. : )

Thanks though, I hadn't thought of that, we could just do an independent one with a few friends and neighbours.

Posted on 27 May 2013 17:26:09 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Eric, I think the distinction of high and low brow has always been there as such. Although what annoys me is that we all seem to know that low brow sells better apart from the writers of the high brow stuff, who seem to think that they should be the bestsellers and be the richer. ) People read what they like and enjoy and lets face it we all have limited time. I read the most if I am ill and laid up in bed, and even my late gran, although with most of the day to herself only read at night. Like most people I switch between the two anyway, I sometimes want a bit more thoughtful novel, and other times I am dying for a good old pulp novel.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 18:00:08 BDT
I Readalot says:
High, low and all the gradations in between. For example I don't class an author like Henning Mankell as pulp but then he isn't literary either and what about John Le Carre? Like you I move between different genres and styles of writing depending on my mood.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 19:17:14 BDT
Ryan, That was fast! looking forward to this, I would agree with your pyramid except House Of Sleep, that was the first one I ever read by him and one of my favourite's, I met him once at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, I asked him some questions about this book, he told me he could not remember the plot line himself!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 19:18:52 BDT
M, Hahahah I think you got you'r own book there! start writing now.

Posted on 27 May 2013 22:06:37 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Ryan, I liked your review, gave you a helpful vote. I can't comment on your paragraph at the end, as it is only the second book of his I have read. Its funny, there are all these authors around that I have not read before, or only just started to. I read my first Ian McEwan book late last year. They did have a competition in my local bookshop. They surrounded the walls with photos of authors and the person who could get the most won. I didn't enter, I only could name the dead ones. : )

Posted on 27 May 2013 22:09:27 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Nicholas, it woud have to be a collaboration. I only managed some of a day to do it as I was busy with other things. My colleague who had just come back after being in hospital was given it to complete as it wasn't too stressful. He managed to do a week. : ) One good thing though, me being cynical thought it was an exercise to cut down on the size of the toilets with regards to how much space they took up, but instead afterwards they re-vamped them.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2013 22:32:24 BDT
Which McEwan was it, for interest?

Posted on 27 May 2013 22:40:26 BDT
M. Dowden says:
It was 'Amsterdam'. It wasn't great, but it was okay. I've got 'Atonement' but I haven't got round to it yet, and I also bought myself Coe's 'What A Carve Up!' because most were saying to me that you have to read it. Like my first Coe book the McEwan one was a book group choice as well.
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