If you’re versed in the realm of literature (that stuff printed on paper before Apple made iPads), then you know Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie. His writings are classified as “magical realism”. He like…naturalizes science fiction, or something. Eh, I dunno. I never read his shit. All I know is that his views on politics and religion garnered him many death threats and assassination attempts. You’d never suspect this guys watches the boob tube.
In his recent viewing of mainstream television, Rushdie happened come across a little Emmy-winning drama called Game of Thrones. And what did Salman think of the series George R.R. Martin adaptation. In an interview with Haaretz.com the author said:
“There was a series called Game of Thrones which was very popular here in the United States, a post-Tolkien kind of thing. It was garbage, yet very addictive garbage—because there’s lots of violence, all the women take their clothes off all the time, and it’s kind of fun. In the end, it’s well-produced trash, but there’s room for that, too.”
Garbage? Trash? Uh, someone has something to say to you sir…
Who da fuck is Salman Rushdie? OK, I’m gonna tell ya. Besides looking like a cartoon terrorist (I imagine this is what Dr. Claw looks like), he’s an Indian-British novelist. His writings are classified as “magical realism”. Pfft, whatever that means. No, no, is cool. I swear. He like..naturalizes science fiction. OK, I have to admit, I dunno what the hell I’m talking about. I don’t fucking read. I’m just pullin’ shit off wikipedia.
Why does this matter? Well,
Dr. Claw Rushdie has created a new Sci-Fi series for showtime.
Right now it’s called ‘The Next People, but it’s a working title. He’s written a draft of the first episode already, working to what he calls “an almost feature-film budget”.
According to the report via The Observer, The Next People will feature “factual science” but also “elements of the supernatural or extra-terrestrial”, while Rushdie is quoted as saying:
It’s a sort of paranoid science-fiction series, people disappearing and being replaced by other people. It’s not exactly sci-fi, in that there is not an awful lot of science behind it, but there are certainly elements which are not naturalistic.
The hour-long drama will deal with the fast pace of change in modern life, covering the areas of politics, religion, science, technology and sexuality.
Pretentious, contrived intellectual and deeply boring TV. Yeah that’ll be a hit.
Oh, on a side argument, which I won’t bother inserting my opinion, Rushdie went on to say that TV series have taken the place of novels and movies.
You have control in the way that you never have in the cinema. The Sopranos was David Chase, West Wing was Aaron Sorkin. Matthew Wiener on Mad Men writes the entire series before they start shooting, and if you have that, then what you can do with character and story is not at all unlike what you can do in a novel.
I’ll leave the smarty opinionated folks to concede or argue his stance on TV being a writers medium.
source: The Observer