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Stuff I’m Looking Forward To

Winter is fast approaching and the change of seasons always makes it seem as if the year is moving a lot faster than it actually is. Along with the cold weather comes a certain amount of introspection, but rather than doing that I’ve decided to outrospect and compile a list of things that I’m looking forward to over the next few months: Continue reading ‘Stuff I’m Looking Forward To’

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Graphically Novel (and a bonus rant for the weekend)

The trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World made its debut online yesterday and I think the movie looks pretty damn cool. It’s directed by Shaun of the Dead’s Edgar Wright, stars Michael Cera of Arrested Development and Superbad fame and has been getting great buzz at preview screenings around the UK. It’s also based on a graphic novel, a medium which seems to be yielding high creative returns lately, from last year’s The Dark Knight to the upcoming Sundance hit Kick-Ass and now this.

With all these great adaptations coming out, I’ve been getting the feeling lately that I should be reading more graphic novels. I’m a firm believer in the book usually being better than the film; I still haven’t seen Adaptation because I have yet to read the novel and I rushed to finish The Road last year prior to the release of the film. I also read Watchmen last year; it was on a par with many novels I’ve read, so perhaps I should be applying the same standards I have for film adaptations of books to film adaptations of graphic novels, that is, read it before you see it.

I suspect, however, that reading more graphic novels would require (or bring about) a substantial lifestyle change. I would have to start wearing more black, for one thing, when we all know that greys are in this winter. I’d also have to start spending a lot of money on imported reading materials, whereas I plan to be spending my money on World Cup tickets and eating in nice restaurants. Continue reading ‘Graphically Novel (and a bonus rant for the weekend)’