Hi friends! You’ll all be relieved to know that I’m alive and haven’t been Raptured! I came back to do a review of the Left Behind movie and realized I had a nearly-complete write up of The Leftovers (the novel) still in my drafts from August. So I finished it up! A bit more serious than my usual tone, but I felt that Perrotta’s achievement deserved a little more respect than the usual if-we-throw-Jesus-in-it-no-one-will-notice-how-terrible-it-is excuse for a Rapture story.
The best thing about Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers is that, compared to other Rapture books, absolutely nothing happens.
That may sound like an insult, but it’s not.
24 hours from now I will be watching this movie:
They’ve had 20 years and 3 tries to get this story right, so I expect to be wowed!
Since I first mentioned Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers half a year ago, it’s become one of my absolute favorite books! Believe it or not, this is a genuinely literary Rapture novel where the writing is beautiful and the characters are human. Now it has its own TV series, premiering on Sunday, June 29th! Check out the trailers below!
Week 2’s Rapture comic, compliments of xkcd! (Click below to read in full.)
I just came across a Rapture-themed post in a new webcomic (well, new to me) called Invisible Bread! This beautiful work of art has inspired me to go ahead with something I’ve been meaning to do for a while … post a collection of Rapture-themed webcomics! Each week from here on out I’ll post a link to one of them. *I’m linking instead of just posting them so that the artist’s page gets some traffic.* This will go … I guess until I run out of webomics. So … cool!
Here’s the first of our Rapture Comic Adventures brought to you by Invisible Bread (click to read the full comic):
In Need of Sleep
A special announcement for Rapture Practice’s 50th post: Left Behind the movie is coming to theaters on October 3rd, 2014!
Oh man, oh man, I’m gonna do so many things! Maybe I’ll have a Rapture party, or go to the midnight release, or show up in an I ❤ Nicolae Carpathia tshirt or OHMYGOD YOU GUYS MAYBE I SHOULD COSPLAY AS VIV IVINS! I TOTALLY LOVE VIV IVINS!
I dunno, I haven’t decided yet! Words cannot express how much I cannot wait for this moment!
Read the Variety article here!
Check out the new Rapture game for PS4 created by The Chinese Room and due out this year!
Game Informer describes it thusly:
Developer: The Chinese Room
Dear Esther creators The Chinese Room are kicking of the next-generation with a post-apocalyptic, story-driven adventure game. The narrative begins with the end of the world. From here, your scientist protagonist must explore the lifeless world to gain understanding of what happened. Non-linear in nature, you can piece together the narrative puzzle however you see fit.
Special thanks to Elyse over at Cuddly As a Cactus for the heads up! Here are some links where you can learn more:
I’m around. Grad school started up again about a month ago.
“Ha!” I said. “Grad school is small potatoes! I won’t let being a grown up interfere with my all-important interneting!”
I immediately went on to let being a grown up interfere with my all-important interneting.
What to do? I can’t just drop out of grad school halfway through. That would be very silly. I s’pose I’m just gonna have to keep being a grown up until I’m done being a grown up.
I’m still reading Rapture books, still have Rapture nerdy things to say. They’ll appear here. They’ll just be more sporadic than usual.
Stop back occasionally if you are so inclined. I will stop back occasionally as well. We will bond over our mutual occasionality, and it will be a good time.
A much better-quality video of Extreme Rapture Practice than the one I tried to post earlier.
It’s actually a Mountain Dew ad that was filmed at the same giant slingshot where the Extreme Rapture Practice took place. But, to me, giant slingshots and the Rapture will always go hand in hand.
More geeking out over This is the End! Here’s a GQ interview I enjoyed reading, and I thought ya’ll might enjoy it too.
The question was simple: What’s the biggest movie they could make with the smallest budget? The answer, once they hit on it, seemed genius: a story about the end of the world, shot mostly in one room. The resulting short, made back in 2006, starred Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, and it was such a blast to make that soon the idea took hold: Let’s turn it into a feature film! And let’s cast all our friends in it, playing themselves!