movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri Aug 05 2016, 12:24pm | 20 comments
I called this:
I thought the Harry Potter saga instilled in its fans a love of reading. Apparently it didn’t really do much for reading comprehension. (Unless these “missed guided” readers who felt it was a “wait of money” were only fans of the films.)
“Very disappointed that I didn’t research more” — I really wonder about this. EVERY piece of publicity I’ve casually read made it clear it was a script of the play — and it says so right on the damn cover. If you’re enough of a competent, attentive reader to be a fan of the previous seven books, or even to just be INTERESTED in picking up this book, how in the world do you miss that information?
Maybe it’s the packaging? Scripts for plays aren’t a thing that’s normally sold in any quantity, and it looks like a book. And if it hadn’t borrowed Rowling’s name for the cover it wouldn’t have sold anything like as much as it did.
I may not think much of Rowling but to suggest she “owes” the fans a book is ridiculous.
I’m disappointed that I can’t listen to Imogen Heap’s score while I’m reading, but I only know she wrote the music because I read the back matter.
The very top of the cover says “Special Rehearsal Edition Script.” I’m not sure how much clearer it could be, other than changing the title to The Words of The Harry Potter Play or selling the script in three-ring binders.
Because tickets are so hard to get, the Internet is going to be flooded with amateur productions of the play, and some of them will have better special effects than the theatrical version.
At least, I hope that’s what happens.
(And, I suppose, some people will watch the videos instead of sitting down and reading the book.)
How dare you write another book… how dare you not write another book!
wut a cellout.
Scripts get bound. I have nearly the entire works of Stoppard on my bookshelf, right between James Joyce and Ntozake Shange. I am happy to read them. Shange’s scripts, too.
What are scripts supposed to be on? Teleprompter tapes?
These are probably the same people who got pissed off Rue in the Hunger Games was /*~black~* (!).
I don’t know. I suspect most people who don’t already read scripts don’t know. That’s the point; it’s like picking up a random sandwich without knowing that chilli exists, a hazard that these new readers aren’t aware of.
Not saying “poor them”, just trying to work out why they are unaware of this problem.
didn’t the scripts of some other writer get bound too? now, what was his name? William, something-or-other. i understand some people still read them, even *knowing* that they’re bound scripts.
I wonder what the legality of that is. Can you recreate the entire thing as long as you don’t profit from it? The soundtrack, sheet music, and complete script for Hamilton are already accessible to the public, so theoretically no one’s stopping anyone from filming a full-length fan version.
Come to think of it, I’d love to see a crowdsourced fan mashup version (of either play), like what they did for Star Wars Uncut.
I think they actually aren’t such good readers. I mean, like Bluejay wrote, it is right there across the cover!
Normally performance rights are a whole separate thing you have to pay for. Disney for example is very handy with the legal threats for non-authorised productions.
Between this and the Rotten Tomatoes petition, I’m starting to see why Trump got nominated for president.
In some fairness, and fan entitlement aside, scripts are damn hard to read without practice.
Hey, the Rotten Tomatoes petition was started by a guy in Egypt, and I’m sure many of the complaining HP fans are British. The US doesn’t have a monopoly on idiocy. ;-)
Well, Donald Trump was in favor of Brexit, so the idiots are collaborating across international waters.
Trump’s speech in Scotland about Brexit was mind-bogglingly awful- he congratulated them for “taking their country back”(?) after they voted REMAIN, and then segued into shilling his new golf course.
Apparently the FX in the play are astonishing, so perhaps not.
Trump’s speech in Scotland about Brexit was mind-bogglingly awful
Trump’s speeches anywhere about anything are mind-bogglingly awful.
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