Friday, October 12, 2012

Follow Friday - Phileas Fogg Went Around the World in Eighty Days

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Reese's Reviews and Bookfever.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness.

It isn't an entire book, and it would probably be almost impossible to translate to film, but the story I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream would be a truly terrifying vision to put on the screen. It probably couldn't be told in exactly the same way, but the crushing inevitability could work. Perhaps have the story start something like Colossus: The Forbin Project, and then proceed from there to the part where the now sentient hate-filled computer eliminates almost all of humankind but saves a handful of individuals to torture endlessly out of spite. The final segment would have to be a voice over on account of the fact that the narrator has no mouth. Eliminating the last part would rob the story of much of its terror potential, so it would have to be retained, although the director would have to work hard to get the viewer to identify with the inhuman remains of the narrator, which is necessary for the horror to work.

It would be difficult to pull off, but if it could be done, it would be amazing and terrifying.

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  1. Scary books just aren't my thing! Haha, I'm too much of a wimp to read them, let alone think about watching them! Hope you have a good weekend :)

    Here's my FF!

  2. New follower, i haven't read either these but good answer.

  3. @Jessica (Peace Love Books): The Ellison story I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is actually a short story, but it manages to pack a lot of horror into its handful of words.

    Ellison is good at making scary stories - "Repent Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman, The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World, and A Boy and His Dog are all also very scary in their own twisted ways.

  4. @sonya: Just to be clear, Colossus: The Forbin Project is actually a movie, not a book.

  5. Ooh, sounds awesome!

  6. @LibrarySnake: Probably impossible, both because the story itself would be hard to translate to the screen and Ellison is famously difficult, but if it could be done, and done right, it would be incredible.

  7. I hadn't heard of that one before but it certainly seems creepy enough! ^.^ New follower (Frodosco - GFC). Here is my FF. :)

  8. Sounds creepy! I'm an olde linky follower, and here's my FF post for this week.

  9. @Cassi Haggard: The story is even scarier than the name suggests!

  10. @biochemguy: I highly recommend reading Ellison's work. This short story, along with several others by Ellison, can be found in the collection I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.