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Offline VulcanJedi

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Bill Bryson; Thunderbolt Kid
« on: December 18, 2006, 01:36:54 PM »
If you read Bill Bryson's new memoir; "Thunderbolt Kid" or something, he has a chapter where he talks about comic books and TV shows and I think he was probably a contemporary of Lucas.  Anyway, he gives you an idea of just how "boring" it was to grow up in the 1950s, well innocent in some ways and simple, but compared to today's MTV generation; no comparison.  I think if you read this or other depictions of that era you'll have more of an understanding of where Lucas is coming from.  Hopefully you'll appreciate what he did with the prequels more.  I think a lot of people never understood the Original Trilogy's context to begin with. 
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Re: Bill Bryson; Thunderbolt Kid
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2006, 01:44:09 PM »
I love Bill Bryson's work.  I've read almost everything he's written and his memoirs are on my Christmas list.  I read awhile back that his book "A Walk in the Woods" could be the last movie Redford and Newman do together.


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Re: Bill Bryson; Thunderbolt Kid
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2006, 03:03:07 PM »
I love Bill Bryson's work.  I've read almost everything he's written and his memoirs are on my Christmas list.  I read awhile back that his book "A Walk in the Woods" could be the last movie Redford and Newman do together.

A Walk in the Woods was hilarious, as well as informative.  The first half of that book had me laughing out loud almost every page.  I liked a few of his other books, but AWitW was my favorite.

I didn't know they were considering making it a movie.  Doesn't seem like it would translate to the big screen easily, but I guess it's possible.
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Re: Bill Bryson; Thunderbolt Kid
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2006, 03:09:36 PM »
I love Bill Bryson's work.  I've read almost everything he's written and his memoirs are on my Christmas list.  I read awhile back that his book "A Walk in the Woods" could be the last movie Redford and Newman do together.

A Walk in the Woods was hilarious, as well as informative.  The first half of that book had me laughing out loud almost every page.  I liked a few of his other books, but AWitW was my favorite.

I agree.  I really loved A Short History of Nearly Everything, which has the history of Scientific discovery in it, plus some answers to questions that he'd had about things too.  The reason I think A Walk in the Woods is so good, is that it has a strong narrative to go with it.  I can see it adapted quite easily to the screen, especially if Redford and Newman are involved.