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- Print Length: 232 pages
- Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (February 1, 2000)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2000
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003X96J00
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,619,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The movie was made without the use of a preëxisting screenplay, neither this reconstructed one nor of any other which had been written, but never used, for a movie based on Thompson`s book. Since the DVD edition of the movie which I had purchased, with Johnny Depp, has no subtitles, the reconstruction of a screenplay for the film was a great help. Even for those with no hearing impairment, the screenplay would be very handy. The movie is very hurly-burly and quick-paced, and the dialogue often is muttered rather than spoken more forthrightly, so it helps quite a bit for anyone to read both Thompson`s book and the printed text (a better way to refer to it than "screenplay") to keep track of what is happening and what the characters are saying.
There are some typographical errors, but seldom the sort to cause any confusion in the reader`s mind. The drawings (which are not those from Thompson`s own book) are very crude and not really particularly helpful. Stills from the film would have served a better purpose than those scrawls. That said, however, the text of the movie is fun to read; it also differs in some slight ways from Thompson`s book, e.g. amplifying somewhat the character of Lacerda, the tacky but comically eager and industrious photographer. Also, in the film, much of the dialogue and action pass by so quickly that one does not have the chance to savour the humour and irony of it, which can make themselves more evident in reading the text in this book (and/or Hunter S. Thompson`s own novel).
Although I don`t think that I would have felt much need or use for this book if it were not for Johnny Depp`s film, I still am glad that I have it among my few movies-related books. Now, you, too, go enjoy this!
Even non-filmmakers who saw the movie will find this book enjoyable and it certainly captures the manic insanity of the movie and the original book.
This book is so overrated. I've yet to read exactly WHAT the genius is supposed to be behind this book. That Thompson is able to ramble on and on and on and on and ON about drugs for a few hundred pages? That he was able to put to words what it's like to be in a week-long drug binge (which WOULD be hard, because how COULD you remember it?)
I enjoy out-of-the-ordinary books and movies. Although the people that have previously posted (rave) reviews about this book are much deeper into the alternative culture, things like Pulp Fiction and Fight Club are still considered "out there" by the vast majority of the public. And Fear and Loathing not just out there, it's gone.
I started the book. I lost interest. I rented the movie, hoping it could contain my focus for 90 minutes. It was ***. At the encouragement of another author, I read the book all the way through. Still bored. Constant drug ramblings with no real objective. It could have ended 50-100 pages earlier, or it could have continued 50-100 pages more (in Denver or Malibu), and it would have made no significant change to the content of the book. I rented the movie again. Ugh. Other than they did a good job sticking to the original content (amazingly so), the original material still was... boring!
I'm sure the flames will come, but after spending a considerable amount of energy trying to get through this material, I can't find the genius in the work. As for why everyone that has previously reviewed it has given it 5 stars: it is rare for anyone not extremely interested in the drug culture to get past the first 5 pages, so anyone who didn't love the book probably gave up on it way early and can't make a valid review.