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Topic: Great post on John Carter

From: John Harwood
Location: Austin, TX
Date: 03/20/2012

Hi Greg, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for that excellent and thoughtful post on John Carter. For better or worse, I always find myself rooting for the box office results of the movies I enjoy, but I like the thought of just filing this one away as a personal favorite and be glad that it was made. I think you make some very good points that there is an awful lot to like in John Carter.

It's a pity that the film couldn't find the audience it deserves, and with Disney already admitting defeat and writing it off as a loss, there go any remaining chances at a sequel. Hopefully it will gain traction in the home video market and more people will get a chance to experience it. At the end of the day, I'm just glad that someone spent all that time and money to make a new personal favorite for the few of us that connected with the film.

Oh, I would be remiss if I didn't thank you for 25+ years of enjoyment reading your books and being swept away time and time again. My dad first turned me onto your books when I was a teenager in the 80s and I can't thank you enough for so many wonderful hours spent wrapped up in your stories over the years. Can't wait to share them with my kids!

Re: Great post on John Carter

From: Greg Bear
Date: 03/20/2012

Thanks, John--

The film is actually doing fairly well in foreign markets, and that may help supplement the domestic take. But as you say, that is not our concern! We can simply enjoy the effort and artistry placed before us, and be grateful.

My gosh, have I been writing that long?!

Re: Great post on John Carter

From: John Harwood
Location: Austin, TX
Date: 03/20/2012

My apologies, didn't mean to date us both... Heck, I came fairly late to the game even, but an off-to-college gift in fall of '87 from my dad of FORGE OF GOD in hardback makes it easy for me to date. Then I found out about EON and BLOOD MUSIC and then ETERNITY came out the next year, and I was pretty good and hooked by that point and you became one of a handful of authors that I'd look up first whenever I hit the bookstore to see if anything new had come out.

Anyway, didn't mean to turn this into a fan letter (I'm sure you'll cope okay), but, well... you rock. 'Tis true.

Re: Great post on John Carter

From: Doug Dandridge
Location: Tallahassee
Date: 04/06/2012

Greg. Sorry, but I posted on your face book page and didn't know this page existed. You, as someone who loves the genre, should be the one critiquing movies like John Carter. That reviewer pretended to intellect he didn't possess. As someone trained in psychology, I found it especially humorous his specious use of psychological terminology to describe those of us who love books like A Princess of Mars. He should stick to reviewing chick flicks and buddy movies. Reminded me of the guy who critiqued the movie Thor last year. He loved the parts of the movie where Thor was a normal human acting like a fish out of water (you know, the boring part to those of us who grew up reading the comic). He said he would have enjoyed the movie more if it hadn't degenerated into that silly superhero stuff. The point is the guy didn't have a clue about that genre, and was definitely the wrong choice to critique it.

Re: Great post on John Carter

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/07/2012

But not yet in a rocking chair... Good to hear, John!

Re: Great post on John Carter

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/07/2012

Thanks, Doug! I quite liked both aspects of Thor. Movies that can cover all the bases are pretty neat.

Re: Great post on John Carter

From: Art Behrman
Location: seattle
Date: 04/25/2012

Kaor!

Re: Great post on John Carter

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/03/2012

And now for a game of Jetan!

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