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2009 Story 200

Wow, finally made it to #200!  That means I'm actually only 58 stories behind the pace. Not bad.

200. Max At Sea by Dave Eggers, from the August 24, 2009 The New Yorker.  Talk about taking a classic and turning it on it's ear.  I hadn't realized until I read this story and then checked on imdb.com that Dave Eggers wrote the screenplay for the upcoming live action version of the classic children's book Where The Wild Things Are.  This story (which I do not automatically assume matches the screenplay) takes a darker view of Max's voyage to the land where the wild things run free.  The mood is one of danger rather than joy, and there's a large question as to what the wild things are really ultimately going to do with Max.

I liked this.  Of course, this turn from the light and nostalgic to the dark and uncomfortable crops up a lot in my own short stories -- a few of the pieces I've written recently were not intended to be as dark as they turned out, but they drifted that way and worked.  I think this is a great look (although some will consider it sacriligeous) at how the same basic concept can turn out completely differently when told by two equally talented authors.  I don't think Dave Eggers' version could have been as light as Maurice Sendak's no matter how he might have wanted it to.



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Sep. 16th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Congrats on reaching 200! This sounds like a story I would enjoy -- I'll have to look it up at work next week.

Also, going backwards a few entries, I've read all the original Sherlock Holmes short stories, and liked some of them better than the novels. Worth a try when you have some extra reading time.

You've reminded me that I should probably make up a short story post. I've been reading here and there, but haven't posted in a long time.
Sep. 17th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I can add a few more tonight, since I listened to some short stories in the car during my drive from Mobile to Houston today.

I actually have Barnes and Noble's "Complete Sherlock Holmes" which I believe includes all of the short stories and all of the novels ... I just need to make myself break it out and read it!
Sep. 17th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, and yes! Please do post some short story thoughts!
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