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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Guess what I'm doing this weekend? 
4th-Nov-2005 09:52 pm
Twins
Puppy. Sitting. The usual suspects. While my parents spend the weekend at the beach cottage up in Maine.

I've also got the proverbial shitload of stuff to do; besides working on applications, I need to watch Contact and Blade Runner, and I need to read The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin and Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham. One of those two novels is going to be the subject for my final project in the Science Fiction class. I'll decide which one after I read them both. *crosses fingers* If there's a Higher Power, and He is benevolent, then He will allow me to actually get through this nightmare.

During the calm before the storm and between the classwork and applications of today, I polished off this month's acquisition from Zooba:

Chester, Craig. Adam & Steve. Los Angeles: Alyson Publications, 2005.
Summary: The unlucky Adam meets go-go boy Steve, who introduces him to cocaine. They also hook up, and it's all going very well...until Steve has a case of the runs. Cut to many years later. Steve is a doctor, and Adam is a recovering addict. A freak injury to Adam's dog means that they meet again, not realizing that they have a shared past, and they fall in love. Conflict and agony, all of it self-induced, and then they're back together again and getting married to boot.
Comments: *urk* This thankfully-brief novel read like a scriptwriter trying to do novels--and I mean that in a very bad way. Besides an apparent inability to close quotations, it was filled with ridiculous, over the top humor. The two-step competition between Adam and Andy at the end took the cake for cinematic stupidity that should never be seen in print. Running a close second for worst scene ever put to prose was the Adams family dinner. I shouldn't have been surprised, really; Craig Chester was directed the film, acted in it (as Adam), and wrote the screenplay. This is his baby, and like most babies, it is indulged and coddled and thought to be oh so much more than it really is. I get the feeling Chester knows this intuitively, given his portrayal of the little girl Ling Ling. So, yes, that's him kissing on the left on the cover of the novel. Can we say narcissistic? All together now! Rhonda was the single high point of the novel; she was genuinely funny and genuinely real. Though I dislike who blase the author was about her troubles with obesity, at least she was sympathetic. Like recent read Spare Parts, this novel was formulaic right down to the last How to Write a Romance Novel guide line item. Unlike the Scott&Scott book, however, this novel failed to make me care about these characters. As usual, Alyson is good for (badly-edited) erotica but not for novels.
Notes: hardcover, exclusive BCE; trade paperback edition available
Rating: 3/10 - *sighs* Just stay away from this one, okay?
Comments 
5th-Nov-2005 04:41 am (UTC)
I guess we differ on this one. :) Now for me it was way better than Spare Parts, though I agree about the OTT rodeo dance thing. Lol
5th-Nov-2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
It was so obviously written by a guy who does screenplays but not novels. The way the book focuses on spectacle first and foremost works in film but not in books; it felt at times like I was reading a novelization of some parody film like Hot Shots (horrifying). I have very low opinions in general of authors who I don't think work well in the medium they have chosen.
5th-Nov-2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Well it worked okay for me as undemanding romantic comedy, then I'd just read Danny and a REALLY dire film novelisation Demon Under Glass so perhaps I wasn't best placed to judge. I've found my reaction to a novel is very much influenced by what I read around it. It's one of the better tie-ins I've tried, and I liked the characters. Admittedly it's not a genre renowned for literary merit. Different strokes though. :)
5th-Nov-2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I bet it stands in quite favorable comparison to doom and gloom. I also bet that the over-the-top spectacle works better as a film than a novel, though I have not seen the film. Have you?

I'm honestly not a big fan of movie-tie-in books when the books are written solely to promote the film, and I didn't realize how intimately tied to the film this one was, or I probably wouldn't have read it. I'm willing to bet that Chester is a much better actor and director, anyway.
6th-Nov-2005 02:58 am (UTC)
No I haven't seen the film yet. I will when I can get hold of it. I don't normally read tie-ins either, because usually they just don't satisfy as novels. I do, however, like to read a source novel from which a film is drawn, like for e.g. Money to Burn by Ricardo Piglia which became Burnt Money (Plata Quemada) and has background detail missing from the movie (though the movie scores on emotional impact and homoeroticism). Testosterone by James Robert Baker was almost unrecognisable onscreen and Dennis Cooper's Frisk was done no favours either by its adaptation.
6th-Nov-2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
In general, if I read novels that have been adapted into films, it is because I have seen the film not realizing it was a novel and because I suspect the novel will be of very high quality. That was definitely the case for two that I've read lately, Father of Frankenstein (aka Gods and Monsters) by Christopher Bram and The Hours by Michael Cunningham (which EVERYONE should get around to reading). Other than that, as I'm not a big film watcher, I don't really get caught up in merchandising schemes.
5th-Nov-2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Have you read Blade Runner yet? Much different from the movie...
5th-Nov-2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
No. I'll be starting it next week.
5th-Nov-2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
I saw the movie, and then later read the book, and spent the whole time trying to figure out exactly where they got the story for the movie from ^^; Many liberties taken I guess....
5th-Nov-2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
Well, our professor suggested that, if we haven't seen the film we might want to, if only for the sake of comparison.
29th-Nov-2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
Review archived.
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