An introduction

This is a semi-public place to dump text too flimsy to even become a blog post. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you have a lot of time to waste. You'd be better off at my livejournal. I also have another blog, and write most of the French journal summaries at the Eurozine Review.

Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kings is better off dead

My recent excitement at Kings, a modern, alternate-reality dramatization of chunks of the Old Testament, became disappointment when confronted with the reality of watching it. My main problem with it is how they've destroyed the character of David. He's wet, naive, passive, and utterly devoid of ambition -- pretty much the exact opposite of the biblical David. One of the most ruthless, scheming and driven OT personalities becomes a corn-fed Midwestern ingenue. All the sharp edges -- all that is attractive or morally dubious -- is stripped off him, and he -- like all the other characters -- is reduced to a standard American archetype. Hard to keep paying attention beyond that point.

In retrospect, I can't quite understand my anticipatory excitement. Bible dramatizations are hardly new and, like anything else, have no guarantee of turning out well. That's even without the problem of other people's interpretations of stories with which you already have some emotional relationship.

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