an imaginary review (10)

The behaviouristic universe, controlled from outside the text. The meaningless anxiety generated by a plot trope carefully isolated from any actual plot. The meaningless preparation for action. The preparation for meaningless action. The Proppian magic object, its discovery the next item on a to-do list checked from outside the text. The freedom motif & its meaninglessly glib reversal. All of it makes a Skinner box look like To the Lighthouse. The actant has nice muscles but you feel only compassion. Not because she’s haggard from the effort of keeping in shape; not because she’s trapped in a scenario one millimetre deep; not because she’s encumbered by those risible poses of faux-aggression & off-the-shelf feistiness; not because her humanity has been reduced to an algorithm, a schematic whose tragedy is to make Lara Croft seem complex: but because she exists only as cultural property at the beck & call of the rights holder & the player. She can escape the prison but not the game.

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6 responses to “an imaginary review (10)

  1. Brendan

    I do think if you wrote this one you’d be quite popular, Mike.

  2. uzwi

    Thanks, Brendan…

  3. Martin Maw

    She needs to invent one of these to alert herself to her condition, then:

    http://www.brown.edu/Courses/FR0133/Fairytale_Generator/gen.html

    Or maybe just one of these ..?

    http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/8840/znew1.jpg

  4. CoreyHaim8myDog

    I thought the protagonist was quite deep. The very idea that she had to choose between her immortal werewolf love and her immortal vampire love suggests complexities the reviewer clearly isn’t conversant with in his/her usual books. Probably was a fan of J.G. Ballard too.

    And if the protagonist didn’t have nice muscles, what would be on the cover? Huh? Tell me that?

  5. Stieg Larsson can’t be that bad, can he?

  6. uzwi

    Very sharp, Z.