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2401  Media / Brush and Quill / Opinions on modern literature on: April 29, 2008, 09:50:49 AM
Quote from: "Azrael"
I feel like there is this need to make "literature" inaccessible.


Amen, brother.  I don't think I would call the authors I mentioned "literature," because I know there is supposed to be a distinction between that and "just a book," but I've read some of the truly great literature and felt like it was very accessible, and my thought has always been "why don't people realize you can write literature like this?"

Of course, maybe that's part of why it's great - because not everyone CAN write literature like that.

The other literary criteria I'm not a fan of is the celebrity factor.  This is purely a guess, but I'd guess that if you asked many people in the USA, they'd qualify just about any book from the Oprah Book Club as literature.
2402  The Rest / General Discussions / IGN's GTA IV Review on: April 29, 2008, 09:16:16 AM
Quote from: "Lyonaz"
Been playing some multiplayer and shooting another guy, who's chasing you with a gunship helicopter, down with a rocket launcher makes this game worth a PERFECT 10!


That does sound pretty fun...
2403  Media / Brush and Quill / Opinions on modern literature on: April 28, 2008, 02:06:10 PM
Yeah, Nix is fantasy (right?).

Quote from: "everluck"
Tooker (why the name change, and:) McCarthy wrote No Country for Old Men.


I don't understand the parenthesis part of that quote. :(

I just watched that movie last Thursday on my plane ride home.  I can easily see how it would have come out of a book written as you describe it.  I guess I misunderstood part of your original question.  You're saying that some authors put the emphasis on the writing style rather than the substance, and asking if that's a good thing, right?  (That's the way I'm reading it now.)

While I do enjoy a good "form," I have always felt that it can't get in the way of the "function."  To cite another fantasy example (sorry, best one I can think of right now), Piers Anthony's Xanth series is one I have a love-hate relationship with.  He seems to be obsessed with puns (and panties, but that's another story), and some of his books are so riddled with puns that they get in the way of the story.  I like the stories, and to some extent, I even like the puns, but when you have to analyze everything that's going on to decide "is this a pun I'm supposed to be chuckling at," the form is blocking the function.

On the other hand, David Eddings is a guy with very simple form.  If you've read one of his fantasy series (or even the standalone Redemption of Althalus), you've read them all.  I'm reading a book he put out called "The Rivan Codex," which is about how he and his wife wrote two of their series (The Belgariad and The Malloreon), and he actually set down the formula pretty early on.  Despite that simple form, I've read all of his series at least once, and I've read most more than once.  (I believe I've read the five-book Belgariad series three or four times over the almost 20 years since I first started it.)

So I guess for me, the choice is function.  I want a good story.  If you can make it fancy too, more power to you, but when the fancy stops me from enjoying the story, I'm putting the book down and moving on to something else.
2404  Media / Brush and Quill / Opinions on modern literature on: April 28, 2008, 07:56:47 AM
Have heard of Garth Nix, but haven't read his stuff... because I have books 2 & 3 of a series, but not 1.
2405  The Rest / General Discussions / IGN's GTA IV Review on: April 27, 2008, 10:50:18 AM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
Okay folks, let's dial it back a little.  If we get violent over GTA4, Jack Thompson wins. :P


Haha - post of the day!
2406  Media / Brush and Quill / Sausage Fest: Fourth Edition. on: April 26, 2008, 04:24:23 PM
I only played the paper version once, and have always wanted to play more.  I just don't have any friends who I see offline who play it.  Or maybe they just don't want to admit it... ;)
2407  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 26, 2008, 01:49:36 PM
Quote from: "superflat"
MGO is sex.


Come on - spoiler alert?

;)
2408  The Rest / General Discussions / IGN's GTA IV Review on: April 26, 2008, 12:07:23 AM
Quote from: "Losfer"
Bullshit.  It's gonna play exactly like every other GTA minus the first one.


I've never been a lover of the GTA games, but I have to defend the new one from this charge.  From what I've seen of the new targeting and cover abilities, this one will have a plotline may like the others, but the actual moment-to-moment gameplay will be significantly different, and in a good way.
2409  Media / Brush and Quill / Bowser and Cap Falcon on: April 25, 2008, 01:35:13 PM
Quote from: "everluck"
Also, Dade, that crossed the line for me :/


Sorry, everluck, but that IS one of the memes that's been on the web for a long time now.  Its mere mention can cause bannination on some sites (not that I'm threatening anything here), so I guess now you'll know for the future.  If it says goatse, stay away.

Of course, to quote Futurama: "You've watched it - you can't unwatch it!"
2410  The Rest / General Discussions / Thinks you hate/hated about your college campus. on: April 25, 2008, 12:05:36 PM
Quote from: "sandiny0ursh0es"
The bums, especially the picky ones. I gave this dude some spare change, he picked out the dime and threw the pennies on the floor right in front of me. The jerk!


Seriously?  How much do you really need to beg for change if you can afford to just chuck the pennies?
2411  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Namco plans to resurrect Splatterhouse on: April 25, 2008, 12:04:10 PM
Quote from: "Hathen"
I dunno, wouldn't it be hard to find ammo in a game franchise where you traditionally chainsaw down ghouls and monsters?

The only other humans in the game have always only been the ones you try the save.


Ol' Jacky boy could get frothed up over Nintendogs if he tried...
2412  Media / Brush and Quill / Opinions on modern literature on: April 25, 2008, 01:06:48 AM
As a person who owns nearly 3000 books, I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I have never heard of any of the three authors you mentioned.
2413  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Namco plans to resurrect Splatterhouse on: April 24, 2008, 08:47:01 AM
I always remember the original with a great deal of nostalgia, but just because I used to sneak off from junior high and play it at the local 7-11. :D
2414  The Rest / General Discussions / the power of meme on: April 22, 2008, 09:34:02 PM
Random urls rock.  Just... don't look them up at work. :D

"Life is like a random url.  You never know what you're gonna get."
- Forrest Geek
2415  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Gaming Journal: The Road to Infinity on: April 22, 2008, 09:27:50 PM
Quote from: "D-Rider"
...Well, I beat Portal. :P  I knew it was short, but I had no idea I was ten minutes away from the end when I stopped.

I swear, if this game was twice as long as it is, I think people twenty years from now would be talking about it with the same reverence people give Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers.


Portal is seriously made of pure awesome.  I was sad about the length too, but felt like the last level kind of made up for it.  Did you get it on PC?  Because if so, I've heard about downloadable levels and using the console to put the portal gun into Half-Life 2...


Edit: what Eusis said is definitely true about games that feel padded.  I just played Super Paper Mario, and as great as that game was, there were two or three places where it felt like they just threw crap in there to pad out the length.  Definitely annoying.
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