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So I’ve decided, should I find myself with large swathes of downtime at some point in the not it’s-the-holidays-while-employed-in-retail future, it might be really fun to do a Paradise Lost recap. Like, figuring out what the hell is going on and translating it so that the awesome can be readily available to people who want to know what the hell Milton was actually on about (and how awesome it can be), but who can’t/don’t have time to wade through the density of the language. Because it seems to me that between His Dark Materials, the upcoming Paradise Lost action! movie, and various references to it that keep popping up in my reading, Paradise Lost is still pretty current. I also don’t know anyone whom I didn’t attend grad school with who has read the whole thing, so it might actually be helpful. Meanwhile, I have read it several times, written papers on it, talked about it during my Ph.D. exams, etc. Plus I find parts of it really funny and parts of it fairly fucked up and think it could be really interesting to recap it.

So. If I can find the time to do this, and the energy, and the appropriate style for such a project, would anyone out there be interested in reading it?

Beyond that, I’ve got a homework wine that I need to do a quickie review of and have been putting off because, well, I’ve been at work more than I’ve been around an internet, a few beer reviews I should write up, and so on. All of which I should be doing right now because I’ll be spending the next six days at work, mostly closing, and won’t have much in the way of an internet nearby.

NaNo-ers out there: who all has still been working on their novel? Anyone else look at December and think “shit, I’m really busy” and not get anything new done? I have a huge scene I need to get written out, but I haven’t actually touched the document since I confirmed the win. Also also: does anyone use Scrivener? Do you like it? Is it worth getting?

How’s life?

I’ve now been laughing about this for twelve hours, in between groans of “OHCEILINGCATNOOOOOOO” and “they absolutely positively CANNOT BE SERIOUS, right?” and then more laughter.

Hollywood has decided, apparently, that the time is right for a film of a particularly long and dense epic poem.

I’m not honestly surprised that they’re doing a film of this poem, as it’s been getting references all over the place in books being written right now, especially in the world of YA, where it feels like I can’t open a book without a 50% likelihood of this poem being referenced, if not heavily leaned on.  I blame Philip Pullman.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, they’re making a film of PARADISE LOST.  Really.  In 3-D most likely, and which, as the second article says, “will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare.”  Of course it will.

Yes, Paradise Lost will be an action film.  Directed by the guy who directed The Crow.  It’s like life just handed me a freshly baked cookie.

I’m heartened by this is many ways, as the fun parts of Paradise Lost should make an effing FANTASTIC action film.  Angels throw mountains on each other in Paradise Lost.  Think about it.  How COOL would it be to watch ANGELS THROW MOUNTAINS ON EACH OTHER.  I am *all* over this, and I want popcorn, and a Guinness, and maybe some Reeces Pieces, and then HELL YES I WANT TO SEE THIS.  On an IMAX screen, if possible.  OTOH, if for some reason the director et al decide *not* to include angels lobbing mountains on each other, I’m going to feel cheated.

(As an aside, sorry for the yellies here.  I’ve been laughing about this for hours now.  It kept me up at night because I was laughing so hard.  I can’t believe I managed not to wake up Tony because my laughter was shaking the bed.)

The part that has me worried is that there’s no way in fucking hell they’ll EVER manage a plausible interpretation of the poem that manages to even glance at the depth of meaning in it, or recognize any of the major themes (much less do them any justice).  I also figure almost goes without saying that Satan will be played by Hot Guy, and that, being Hot Guy, he’ll be the hero. Big misreading of the poem, no matter how sexy Satan is in the beginning.  To put it in modern terms, Satan in Paradise Lost is the rhetorical equivalent of Glenn Beck, if Glenn Beck looked like Clive Owen rather than a pink-faced fuckwit.  Satan’s arguments, when parsed, hold exactly as much water as do Mr. Becks (i.e., none), but he’s blustery enough that he comes across as sexy as hell* anyway.  Until God turns him into a snake and Satan turns, if possible, MOAR EMO.  Really, though, if you read the poem carefully, it’s pretty clear Satan is the bad guy, no matter what William Blake et al thought.

So I’m torn.  On the one hand, this is assuredly going to be a disaster on any philosophical level, pretty much guaranteed to debase the poem from greatness to a handful of headache-inducing 3-D special effects battle scenes.  On the other, ANGELS THROWING MOUNTAINS ON EACH OTHER.

Thoughts, oh world?

*Forgive the pun here, please. It was unintentional (when I first wrote it, anyway – obviously I decided to leave it).

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