Friday, March 9, 2012

John Carter...OF MARS!!!

Okay, I do plan on seeing John Carter, which should have been titled "John Carter of Mars," or "Princess of Mars."  I heard via rumor that Disney did a poll and said that women would not see a movie called John Carter of Mars.
Disney- get a grip.    In fact, all movie and TV studios, stop over doing the stupid focus groups!  They are lame.  Those focus groups would not have liked Star Wars or Star Trek either-and look at the money makers those were?  I am miffed that this was not John Carter of Mars, or any of the possible cool titles that Edgar Rice Burroughs created.  Yes, this is something from the wonderful age of classic science fiction/fantasy pulp era where imagination ruled, that same age that spawned HP Lovecraft and Robert E Howard.  A friend recently commented that John Carter sounded too much like John Connor (from Terminator) until I pointed out these stories were much older (first of which was written in 1912 under Barsoom series which was what he called Mars-long before Terminator.)  My friend was shocked and I directed him to the library to check out Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Disney-you did not poll me did you?   I am tired of people trying to water down fantasy and science fiction.  Soft science fiction and fantasy is being coddled while great stuff that is meaty is left in a corner gathering dust.   Stop the insanity!   Embrace the imagination.  That is my motto.   
Back to writing.

Verna McKinnon

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