Buffy #39 and mishandling fictional death

Fiction that is afraid to take chances is generally not worth taking the chance to read.

Fiction that is afraid to take chances is generally not worth taking the chance to read. This is a sentiment I have taken to heart after reading many of the commentaries by Harlan Ellison in both of his Glass Teat collections as well as his collection called Watching. Fiction is supposed to push the reader. Fiction is supposed to make the reader feel something. Feeling good is not the only sort of feeling that matters, nor is a completely positive outcome the only way to resolve a tale. Sometimes sacrifices need to be made. Continue reading “Buffy #39 and mishandling fictional death”

“Let me put down my frappuccino and talk about genre”

The origin of the usage is completely understandable. These media have genres and stray from normal fiction. In a bookstore these books would not be found in the fiction section. In a video store they have their own specific categories. The thing that gets me is that fiction is a genre.

Let Me In director reveals what he kept and what he cut from the vampire classic.

The above link is to an io9 interview with the director of Let Me In, the American remake of Let the Right One In. The article is fine and makes me look even more forward to the film. I enjoyed the original, and there was little chance I would not see it. It is a vampire romance with kids in a depressing setting. What can go wrong? Continue reading ““Let me put down my frappuccino and talk about genre””