Random Pop Culture Question of the Week
Multi-Media Art Favorites
This week's question comes from Sarah, who asks: What is your favorite entertainment that takes place over multiple mediums, whether it is strictly an adaptation, or a story that evolves more fully when various media are involved?
I was a big fan of what Lost tried to do, with secrets and hints buried in fake commercials or web pages for groups/companies mentioned in episodes. However given that the grand explanation for Lost ended up being an oversimplification of a show that was anything but, and that most of the mysteries were dismissed as "not important to the overall plot they were always trying to tell all along, would you like to buy 50 acres of florida swamp land" I'd have to say that I admire the intent more than the actual execution.
Chris is a thief who has stolen my dreams! But really just the basic format of the answer I planned. I don't watch any of these newfangled web series where characters have twitter accounts, so this question isn't really designed for me. But I love when show's create fake websites to mirror the ones the characters are visiting or creating on the show. In its prime, How I Met Your Mother was quite often creating fake websites full of in-jokes and nods, the sort of thing that would allow fans to take their enjoyment of the show and channel it into their proclivity for wasting time on the internet. But then my love for that show curdled and died, and they pretty much stopped doing that, and anything that I had ever enjoyed about the show. Not at all bitter, kids.
But to keep from just echoing Chris, I want to take the question another way, even though it leads me to an answer than might as well be "Jordan's pat RPCQOTW response": Batman. Beginning life as a comic book character, Batman has not only thrived in that medium, but in any and all others. The character has had two worthwhile TV shows (the camp classic from the "˜60s, and the incredible Batman: The Animated Series from the "˜90s), two successful film franchises, and has been at the center of two of the greatest video games I have ever played, in Arkham Asylum and its sequel Arkham City. Let's ignore Prince's soundtrack to Tim Burton's Batman for sanity's sake, and just say that whatever medium The Dark Knight is thrust into, he remains one of the most vital creations in our pop culture consciousness. Plus, he's awesome.
I think my favorite would have to be Walter Mosley's Devil in a Blue Dress. The book is probably my favorite of all time, and could definitely stand alone. However, I really appreciate the film as well, if only for Don Cheadle's version of Raymond 'Mouse' Alexander. Mouse is this tiny, terrifying, insane little man, whose loyalty to the main character, Easy Rawlins, knows no bounds. Mouse is amazing in the books, alternately scary and wonderful, and his presence as the more violent aspects of Easy's personality come to life makes the book the literary feat that it is. Don Cheadle absolutely captures the essence of Raymond Alexander, and is so convincing that I find myself actually believing that he is Mouse Alexander, to the point that I think the books are better because I can picture him as Mouse. I only wish that the books had been made into television as well, because there are so many more amazing stories of Easy and Mouse to witness.
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