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2017-07-03 09:08 am (UTC)
It's a pity the original story and the movie adaptation couldn't be put together in a blender, because it sounds that the best parts of the two of them would make a pretty good story free from either cringeworthy racism or the hero brung low by a woman.
I would really enjoy that version. I don't suppose you have a time machine and a blender? I'll settle for a time machine.
It's baffling in particular that they changed McEwan - he makes so much more sense as a Simon Legree-type white guy!
He really does! I wasn't banking on it, but I would have been less surprised to find him mixed-race in the original story, because as an adaptation choice it does nothing except maximize racism while minimizing, honestly, logic. I wish I had studio notes partly because I want to know how on earth that kind of rewrite occurs to a person. I would like to avoid it ever happening to me.
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