November 1st, 2013

Dancing

Week in Review: Club, Cadillac Margaritas, and Concert

I went up to Avalyn's on saturday and stayed up both saturday and sunday night (my kitty was very anxious to see me when i got home =/) A friend of her and her sister's was in town and we spent some time hanging out together. And then they decided we should all go to Malediction. This was the first time Avalyn and i have been to a club in... a little over a month i think? In any case it was quite fun. We really ought to do it more often, although as usual the whole having to get up to go to work the next morning thing is a pain =P

Then tuesday night we went to the Danny Elfman concert. It was at the Nokia Theatre, which i've been at a couple times before, once for Video Games Live and a couple times for Anime Expo.

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Squid Plush Grumpy

Ender's Game Poll

So Ender's Game comes out today, and i am rather conflicted.

Orson Scott Card is an ass. But the movie might be interesting. And i want more movies like this (in terms of general subject) to be made.

So i'm strongly leaning towards seeing the movie, but making a donation to offset the damage. The question is how much to donate and to who?

Poll #1941492 Ender's Game Donations

How Much?

$1
0(0.0%)
$1 / person
0(0.0%)
$5
0(0.0%)
$5 / person
0(0.0%)
$10
0(0.0%)
$10 / person
0(0.0%)
1/4 ticket price
0(0.0%)
1/2 ticket price
0(0.0%)
Full ticket price
4(100.0%)
More! (Specify in comments)
0(0.0%)

To Whom?

Human Rights Campaign
1(14.3%)
Point Foundation
0(0.0%)
The Trevor Project
1(14.3%)
GLAAD
3(42.9%)
NOH8
2(28.6%)
Some other group (Specify in comments)
0(0.0%)


(The "per person" will probably by Avalyn and i. We may go see the movies with others, but i probably won't accept responsibility for the full group.)

And yes, i know the movie rights deal was a straight fee to OSC. However don't try to tell me sales of Enders Game in particular and possibly all of his books in general hasn't already seen a boost due to the name recognition. That boost is only going to get bigger after the movie comes out, and to at least some degree will be based on the popular perception of the movie, which will in turn to at least some degree be influenced by how many people go to see it.

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And complicating the issue a great deal, any movie with the amount of investment in it that Ender's Game has received automatically ends up being a test case for _something_, and movie studios are notoriously poor at learning the right lessons if a movie does badly.

"Mars Needs Moms" did badly in theatres? Clearly the problem was the word "Mars" in the title! So let's change the name of "John Carpenter of Mars" to just "John Carpenter"!

If Ender's Game does poorly then Hollywood may not decide "maybe we shouldn't make movies based on books by authors with loudly outspoken views against homosexuality and who thinks liberals are a cancer on society", they may decide "maybe we shouldn't make any more hard SF space opera movies" or maybe even just "maybe we shouldn't make movies based on SF novels period".