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May 14th, 2008


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09:27 pm - There's so bad it's good, and then there's just plain bad
You know, I'm currently trying terribly, terribly hard not to be one of those people who hate adaptations just because they are different. Really, I am.

But, well, then I saw the trailer for the US version of 'Life on Mars".

And well, you know how all those people on the Forum Formerly Known as The OG would go on about the show making them cringe... I finally know what they mean.

Because watching that trailer just fills me with a mild horror of the just plain wrong-ness of it all. It is pure, distilled DO NOT WANT.

And to continue on the theme of really bad things, this wank has currently causing me some deep philosophical pondering: Should I continue to remain blissfully ignorant of Twilight and it's sparkly vampires, or should I make like I did with Eragon and read the first book so I can mock with authority?

...Admittedly, Twilight seems to be less of the soul-hurty form of bad, and more along the lines of hilariously awful.

Ah, questions.
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From:calapine
Date:May 14th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
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Read the book! It's utterly dreadful, but I quite love it. Very readable, enjoyable dreadfulness. (I found Eragon just plain old dreadful.)
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
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See, I found Eragon enthralling bad. Possibly because I spent half the time I was reading it commenting on how bits were ripped off Star Wars to other people in the car.
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From:author_by_night
Date:May 14th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
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I tried Twilight. It read like a cliche teen novel with Vampires thrown in for good measure.

"Next Harry Potter book"? No chance.

Edited at 2008-05-14 11:44 am (UTC)
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
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That's why I stayed away to start with - I'm not a big fan of romance or cliche teen stuff. But the sporkings I've read are hilarious enough to make me vaguely curious as to how bad it really is.
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From:chocolatepot
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
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It's making me shudder in horror but I know I'm totally going to watch it anyway.

The vampires are so unique in, the special powers they have (e.g. Alice seeing the future, Edward reading minds), the fact that they glow in the sun, the fact that a few vampires are “vegetarian” and don’t eat people for moral reasons, its all very original and creative.

LOLOLOLOLOL Oh, sweetie.
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I think I shall listen very carefully to what other people say before I watch it.

And that remark makes me wonder who exactly I should be laughing at: The author, or the commenter.
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From:everlasting_day
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh lawd, that is depressingly terrible. Inbetween shuddering at the sheer amount of fail, I couldn't help but laugh at American!Sam Tyler's refusal to change his facial expression.
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I know. It's just... someone somewhere made a comment about wondering if this was some sort of parody, and I understand totally what they mean. It just seems to have... sucked all the depth out of everything.
From:khallandra
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
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That trailer made my eyes bleed. What have they done, it is so terrible. If anyone asks me 'should I watch Life on Mars' my response will be 'only the UK version' and all that from a trailer.
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 14th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Well, yeah.

I wonder if it'll go the way of the American Blackpool (ie. Get two episodes in, and then everyone will swear to never speak of it again)
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From:altheas
Date:May 14th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
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The only saving grace of this seems to be the inclusion of Colm Meaney because I'm a DS9 fan. Always liked his acting , but I honestly can't see him cast as Gene Hunt. Apart from the pleasant surprise of seeing him on the screen again, that was complete trash so I don't hold high hopes of it lasting. :(
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 15th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
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As far as I am aware, public opinion seems to be that he is the only thing this show actually has going for it.
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From:misscam
Date:May 14th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
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...

How do American remakes so constantly manage to get it so wrong? How? It's like a talent!
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 15th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
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I don't know, but it's kind of scary.
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 15th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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That is probably a very good idea.
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From:malaleen
Date:May 14th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm not even a huge fan of Life on Mars, but even I was horrified over how much of a badly done rip off the trailer seemed. It reminded me of the horrible American Coupling series done a few years ago.

As for Twilight, I have no idea about what the wank is about, but I can just about imagine, as the fandom seems very silly. But the books are pure crack, and I always compare it to silly and cracky fan fic. You know it's not good literature, but you can't stop reading anyway.
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From:frabjously
Date:May 14th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
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It reminded me of the horrible American Coupling series done a few years ago.

How...horrible?
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From:__kali__
Date:May 14th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I have the ebook saved somewhere, but I never got round to reading it. I feel I should, it's got glittery vampires in it!!
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 15th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
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That's probably the best way to read it - without any financial outlay. And I'd be too embarrassed to borrow it from the library.
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From:eido
Date:May 14th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
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they didn't even use Bowie.

Honestly? I think Bowie saw the stupendous awfulness and just wouldn't let them use his song. ABC probably doesn't think Murkans know who Bowie is anyway... sad thing is, they're probably more right about that then I care to think about.
From:eido
Date:May 14th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Should I continue to remain blissfully ignorant of Twilight and it's sparkly vampires

YES!! But my inner tweener says NOOOOES!!!11 Come join the darkside, we have cookies. Cookies that make glitter rainbows when the sun hits them.

The series is like the "Dirty Dancing" or "The Cutting Edge" of this decade. Ludicrously soppy, puerile and you're just sitting there wondering why why WHY you're experiencing it as you're so very not 14 anymore .... but you own the Special Edition Director's Cuts of the DVDs anyway and have seen them more than once but will NEVER admit this amongst any adult within hearing distance. "Twilight" is just like that, except in the case of that series it's somehow skirting towards the early inception of HP moneys/fame. Which makes it almost frightening to a degree. People have actually been forecasting the "Twilight" movie series with LOTR levels of lucrativeness. So. Very. Frightening.
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 15th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
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Oooo-kay...
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From:voicegrl
Date:May 14th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)

Life on Mars (US)

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I may cry...no really...I may actually cry.
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 15th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)

Re: Life on Mars (US)

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Does your soul hurt?
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From:frabjously
Date:May 14th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I plan on reading Twilight without paying for it.
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From:drakyndra
Date:May 15th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
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Probably the best idea.

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