Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Corporate Literary Empire Falleth, Indie Bookstores Re-rise?

Here's a link to an article that is both hopeful on the one hand, and a little negative on the other. It's hopeful because, as the author says, the closing out of the talked about chain store may pave the way for indie bookstores to make a comeback. It's a little negative in that this store's closing out sort of implies how lightly society in our country is taking the reading culture which includes the live actual space books are discussed and read in. It's also a little sad because it reflects that big chain bookstores are there far more for the commercial competition than they are for the love of books.

Personally I'd like to see the comeback of independent bookstores since they are much more community oriented in the love for books. While at the same time, I can embrace Amazon because you have a much better choice of book prices to fit your budget, everything from 2 dollar used to 29 dollar brand new copies. I'm sort of in the situation right now where ordering a used hard copy book from Amazon for two bucks will come in significantly helpful for my finances. Although I still like frequenting the used bookstores in town and being around the actual products as opposed to just seeing a list and images of books on the screen. And you always have the live owners and their employees to talk to about these books at the actual bookstores, especially the independent ones.

Feel free to let me know what you think of the article that's linked below.

Until next time . . .

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Adapting to the Great Vampire Invasion

I was reading the back of the DVD case of the copy of the 1988 (I believe it was) vampire movie The Lost Boys that I had bought. It said that the movie had a novel adaptation (unless the movie was adapted from the novel, like the case was with I am Legend, AKA Omega Man in the 70s, AKA The Last Man on Earth in the 60s). I never knew about that. Although whether it beats even Twilight, that I don't know. All I know is that this movie beats the Twilight movies anytime! If you don't believe me, then go rent a copy at your local video rental store or check out a copy at your local public library. Or you can purchase a copy for only five bucks if you look for it at Walmart or Target (where I got mine).

And today at a comic book store in Davis I bought the first issue of a 4 issue series of Marvel Comics' adaptation of Dracula. I haven't actually read the comic book yet, but I've read the novel at least twice and according to the illustrations it looks like it stays true to the original story. Now are their any interpretive twists in the storyline? (In which every adaptation needs at least to a very small extent because if they didn't have that what's the purpose of adapting the story? Although in comic books and graphic novels the illustrations themselves do a big portion of this.) I'll let you know when I get done reading this mini series which has been collected from portions of a magazine from back in the '70s called Dracula Lives! which was also published by Marvel.