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John Byrne
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Posted: 17 March 2020 at 12:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

HBO miniseries based on Philip Roth’s “alternate history”. Beautifully staged and styled, but I wonder about the intended audience. It assumes a lot of knowledge on the part of the viewers.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 17 March 2020 at 4:08pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

"It assumes a lot of knowledge on the part of the viewers."

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If that means they don't try to explain things to the viewers by using a blank eyed character as our avatar then I'll take that challenge.

I'll have to wait for it to stream elsewhere tho, no HBO!
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Posted: 17 March 2020 at 4:36pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

The knowledge it requires is HISTORY. I’d wager a sizable portion of the audience wouldn’t know what was real and what wasn’t.
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Jonathan A. Dowdell
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Posted: 17 March 2020 at 4:52pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Enjoyed the book. Curious to see what HBO has done with it. 

I don't want a cautionary tale through the lens of Trump. I hope they are able to bring something interesting to this adaptation. 

And yes, I hope they don;t have to supply a bunch of clumsy historical exposition to tell the story.
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Marc Foxx
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I watched it, I liked it...haven't read the book yet, but I intend to.

I will recommend the companion podcast. I never usually listen to those, but I did listen this morning and found it very enlightening (without being a narrative cheat).
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It’s in our queue after MCMILLION$
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Jozef Brandt
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I've never been a fan of alternate history storytelling, so hard pass from me.
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Bryan Eacret
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I'm not a fan of alternate histories, either. I watched the first episode and, although it was well done, couldn't figure out the point of watching. 

There was series on Amazon that involved Germany winning the war and I could not get into that show. 
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Steven Brake
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Posted: 27 March 2020 at 11:05am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

@Bryan:

Was that The Man In The High Castle, adapted (somewhat loosely) from Philip K Dick's novel of the same name?

Slightly OT, but if people do enjoy alternate histories, you may be interested in the site uchronia.com, which seems to contain information on every piece of alternate history writing every produced! And it's nicely searchable, so you can easily look up the divergence you're interested in.

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