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Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
|Typo of the day
I've written an essay on Christopher Priest's fiction (shortly to appear in a splendid book from the SF Foundation
) and, going over the proofs tonight, I find I've written, of the resolution of The Glamour
: "the book’s eventual resolution, with Richard
beginning a relationship with his hypnotist from the hospital and sending Susan
a post, seems almost a formality." Feel free to add "wooden dialogue" jokes in the comments. No, really.
And, while you're at it, read about the woman who wants to abolish the apostrophe.
Am pondering a post on Doctor Who which keeps getting longer each time
I look at it. But one observation first: almost all of the discussion
of the series seems to be tied up with either scripts or performances.
The visual style of it seems to me extremely distinctive and almost
unremarked so far. So many shots are of a neutral-ish background, with
one or more brightly (often primary) coloured blobs in front of it. And
if the blob is a character, it gets identified with a colour and stays like that.
Hence, for instance, giving the Daleks their makeover into bronze
rather than either of the old grey or white versions. Hence, for
instance giving the sonic screwdriver its nice blue effect (identifies
it with the TARDIS, among other things.) Hence, in general, the very
supersaturated look of, well, everything. (Most of the above based of
re-viewing "Rose" and "The End of the World", but I'd bet it
holds up looking at the others.)