This week's fannish5.
Robert A. Heinlein The Moon is a Harsh Mistress This is such a visual book, I’ve never understood why it wasn’t made into a movie. Actually, have any of his but Starship Troopers? I didn’t see it, but it’s on everyone’s top ten worst movies lists. But I digress.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress has everything I want in a movie – exciting plot, interesting characters and lots happening on screen. It would be great for special effects. And while Stranger in a Strange Land was a defacto hippie manifesto, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was the Heinlein novel for the conservative crowd, back when “conservative” meant “small government” not “homophobic.” So perhaps this one would be more palatable to mainstream America. Anyway, not heavy-handed in the politics at all and just oh so much fun. I’ve seen it in my mind’s eye since I first read it. I want to see it on the screen!
Geraldine Brooks March I read this a few months ago and just loved it. I keep thinking about it. It’s wonderfully detailed historical fiction with believable characters. It’s also fanfiction. Remember Little Women? For the entire first half, the father is absent, serving as a chaplain with the Union Army. He comes home devastated – a changed man – but you never know what happened to him. This is his story. It’s heartfelt and believable and full of wonderful dialogue. It’s just ripe for movie-making.
P.G. Wodehouse The Mating Season It really could be any of the Jeeves and Wooster books, but my lover and I have been reading this one aloud and I’m enjoying his wit all over again. Light comedy with lots of dialogue and wonderful scenery and clothes – perfect for a film. I know there was a TV series, but I don’t think there have been any films and the Jeeves and Wooster novels are certainly involved enough to last for two hours.
The Starr Report Much as I think the whole impeachment effort was completely misguided and the country's focus on l'affaire Lewinsky kind of insane (did the reporters of all the major newspapers in this country really talk about nothing but blow jobs for a year?) it’s a great story, full of drama, larger-than-life characters, secrets, betrayal and sex. John Travolta could be Clinton again.
Mina de Malfois, Volume 1. I’ll repeat what I said when Mina’s author first decided to grace fandom at large with what had previously been amusing tales told a small group: The stories are a hilarious, insightful and ultimately loving parody of Online Fandom As We Know It, written with homage to Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. Part roman a clef, part pastiche, the Mina stories never fall over the edge into meanness. They remain loving portrayals of fandom's ideosyncracies and fans' peculiarities.
Mina is a BNF who will remind you of several people you know. She's self-centered and self-absorbed, yet somehow in spite of all that self-focus completely lacking in self-awareness. Like Bertie Wooster, she manages to be loveable nonetheless. Archivist12, known as Arc, is in the Jeeves role, and she is the behind-the-scenes brains who manages to keep Mina out of trouble most of the time and make trouble go away when Mina doesn't have the sense to listen to her. The stories are truly LOL funny but also with lines with a quiet cleverness that you go back to read again and again, marveling at the layers of parodic meaning and leaving the reader madly in love with Arc and only wishing she were real.
Okay, it’s kind of unlikely that there will be a movie about a fanfic writer. But I can dream, can’t I?
That was a fun one! Thanks marag for suggesting it!