Monday, August 18, 2008

Why Hollywood Should Ignore Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land

In a recent article titled “Hands off, Hollywood!” from The Star Online, an English-language news website in Malaysia, columnist A. Asohan argues that “There are some books so good that you pray Hollywood doesn’t mangle them into movies.”

One of the five books Asohan hopes Hollywood ignores: Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein (1961). According to Asohan, “It deserves its own special place because it’s not what the Hollywood types would recognise as sci-fi. ... Like so much good sci-fi ignored by Hollywood, Stranger in a Strange Land uses the genre’s tropes to hold up a mirror to society. We look at ourselves best through alien eyes.”

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