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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
Member Since: Thu Dec 02, 2021
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Superman's Pal

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 10:35:33 pm EDT (Viewed 171 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Genres of prose fiction
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 05:12:07 pm EDT (Viewed 176 times)

    I did a review of the Mysterious Island movie not long ago but I didn't read the book. In the movie it seems the survivors are not so much doing for themselves but benefitting from the mysterious stranger helping them. Is this like the book?

Emphatically not. The survivors do receive some important assistance from Nemo at one point in the story, but only after they do an enormous number of very impressive things for themselves. It sounds like the movie missed the whole point of the story.


    Would you say Nemo is the Tony Stark analogue?

No. The Tony Stark analogue is Cyrus Harding, an engineer.

    Wouldn't Robinson Crusoe be the granddaddy of island survival stories?

Yes it would. It was published 1719. The Mysterious Island was published 1875. I probably read Robinson Crusoe as a boy but I don't remember it. I would speculate that Jules Verne probably emphasized science a lot more than Daniel Defoe did. Also science was farther along in 1875 than it was in 1719.


    Yeah I don't know why the entire comic industry suddenly decided thought balloons should vanish all at once.

I always assumed they did that because movies don't have thought balloons, and emulating movies was all the rage. Thing is, comic books aren't movies. Nor are they prose fiction. They stand in the middle between the two, with the best attributes of each.