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A bit disappointed
Thu Aug 30, 2018 08:54

Its been a long long time since I last read a P.G.Wodehouse story so perhaps my memory is at fault but I just watched an episode of BBC's Jeeves and Wooster for the first time, so perhaps it was just this episode but it didn't really amuse me.

Now this comes as a surprise because I just love Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry seperately or together and they are both top notch as character actors. Yet somehow it seemed to me that Bertie Wooster didn't come across as anything like as much of a silly ass as I remember from reading the books and Jeeves seems too underplayed, he lacks the sardonic cutting edge my memory insists that his written personna conveyed.

In fact the most interesting observation from my own point of view is that I thought Hugh Lauries Wooster was pretty much as I'd imagined Tolbert Lanston to be like and that I need to revisit that unfinished story and tighten it up paying more attention to character development and possibly injecting some humour.

Also the baddies need more darkness and the contrast would make the interactions more interesting and speed up the action a bit. What say you? I have not given up on that story, I think along with Widford it has the most potential of my various try outs.

If I could only get them bloody printed out it would greatly improve their chances of being finished. Its the daunting acres of onscreen text to wade through that puts me off revisiting. I'm sure there must be a local facility - perhaps a drug store - that would take a USB chip and print it out but heaven only knows how much it would be?

Times running out, I must make an attempt to complete at least one of my books.

    • I have them... - sarge, Thu Aug 30 13:27
      ...on DVD. I must admit I rather like them, for both Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry play the characters with a delightful subtlety. My wife didn't care for them because the humour was just too subtle... more
      • Oh I see what you mean - mike, Thu Aug 30 21:11
        The stories build upon each other! I just watched the first 5 and not quite in order so I saw Berty trying to get Anatole back to the aunts before I saw the episode where he persuades his friend and... more
        • I'm in two minds about Stephen Fry - mike, Fri Aug 31 08:13
          On the one hand he's all the things that he's known for, articulate, witty, erudite and yet on the other he gives these frankly rather disjointed or rambling discussions on just about any topic you... more
          • I can't listen... - Sarge, Fri Aug 31 09:07
   his extemporaneous ramblings for long, either. I very much like hearing him when things are a little more structured for him, say an interview or a look at QI or in an acting job of some sort.... more
            • Might be needful - mike, Fri Aug 31 09:26
              How right you are and I bet you recognize that element in my own psychological makeup too. I certainly do. In case you didn't realize this I depend very much on your friendship because without a like ... more
              • I very much enjoy it - sarge, Sat Sep 1 07:17
                Lots of things to reminisce, discuss, expound upon, poke at with pointed sticks, and explore. We can even comment on the news of the day without turning our little oasis into the intellectual sewer... more
                • Re: I very much enjoy it - roger, Sun Sep 2 11:04
                  Sarge, You are probably right about us but I just can't see me sitting around in a gents club. LOL. Oh, what has happened to Goose? Although I am not a hunter I did enjoy his stories.
                  • Roger heres your answer - mike, Mon Sep 3 07:56
                    I told Goose that I didnt appreciate some of his messages and so he said goodbye.
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