November 1st, 2005


Lost in Many Translations

So, I just found out that there's an eBook version of the book based on the movie that's based on the video game "Doom". That's at least two steps from the original material too many. While I've not seen "Doom" the movie, I hear that ten minutes of the film is shot in the first-person shooter perspective that the game made famous. In the novel, is this whole section written in second person? "You move down the hall, reloading your shotgun. Turning to the right, you spot an imp in the distance. You pull the trigger on the gun, strafing to the left to avoid the imp's fireball."

Of course, I don't want to be the guy that's having to explain that rather than playing "Doom" on my handheld, I'm reading the book version of the movie of the game. "I've got Doom on here, and I just passed the fourth chapter. I had to read that one three times to make it to the end!"