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Re(4): of Burning Justice and Condor Heroes
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[QUOTE] I gave Spoon my word that I would get entangled on this thread and, as the old saying goes, the word of a gentleman not even a hundred horses can move it. [/QUOTE] Superb! As our friend Psy notes, Maese is a "mother father gentleman." [QUOTE]to what extent the oeuvre pertains to the author once it's been published. One of my favorite contemporary Spanish novelists says that, once the novel is on the shelves, its not his anymore. the reader has the right to choose the version he/she likes most. [/QUOTE] I'd been trying to find this earlier in the thread but had to dig up my university thesis just now for this heady quotation from the New Criticism movement by Wimsatt and Beardsley in their 1946 article "The Intentional Fallacy": "The poem is not the critic's own and not the author's (it is detached from the author at birth and goes about the world beyond his power to intend about it or control it). The poem belongs to the public." In Cafe-relevant media: everyone who's ever objected to Lucas' crappy re-editing of the old Star Wars movies or who's been puzzled by the endless diretor's cuts of Blade Runner can sympathize with this claim to some degree. This makes it all the more disastrous when new edits totally supplant the originals rather than existing alongside them. New cinemas and super-bosses or no, I don't want to play FFVII International (or FFVII at all, but that's another issue) with its weak-ass difficulty and lame altered spell stats, I don't want to read a cleaned up Condor Heroes, I don't want the capricious censorship in Skull Girls Encore, I don't want FFVI's glorious treasure trove of fun glitches cleaned up [i]ever[/i], and I don't feel that compelled to chase after the phantom "author's original intention" in all but the most severe cases of corporate interference. At the very least, I want the choice to go with the version I experienced. A better practice: the Kimagure Orange Road comic had three different variations on a few pages of the ending: the Jump edition, the tankoubon paperbacks, and the aizouban treasury hardbacks. First is best, but at least two out of three are easily available! Uh oh. ...are patches meant to fix bugs and rushed production schedules secretly the ultimate artistic crime?!!?!?!? [:jojo_doon:]
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