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I just finished reading "Why the west rules for now" by Ian Morris. And now (continuing with the theme of historical determinism) I am about to start "The next 100 years" by George Freeman. He predicts Poland, Turkey and Japan will become super-powers (and maybe Mexico also).
I wouldn't consider any of Clancy's novels spy novels. Sure, Jack Ryan is an analyst for the CIA in the early books of the Jack Ryan series, and two recurring characters in the "Ryanverse" (John Clark and Domingo Chavez) are spies, but his books do not follow those three exclusively.
And Bond isn't pure spy either. Most of his are action/adventure stories told from the perspective of a "super spy" but the spycraft is minimal compared to the chases and the shootouts. Read The Man With the Golden Gun sometime. It's probably Fleming's weakest Bond but has a great chase/fight on a train.
Um, there's nothing "shameless" about it. Romeo and Juliet was acknowledged as being the source for the story. Opera's throughout history had other sources. Do you think Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro or Rossini's Barber of Seville were original works? Two plays involving the same group of characters by Pierre Beaumarchais were the original source of *both* operas. Don Giovanni? Don Juan of which there had been a number of plays and operas written before Mozart wrote his Don Giovanni.
And I would point to the improvements over Shakespeare in WSS. There are no suicides. Romeo does not find a sleeping Juliet and, thinking she is dead, commit suicide. Juliet, upon seeing Romeo's lifeless body, does not plunge his dagger into her chest. Instead, Tony, upon hearing Maria has killed herself, runs off screaming for her and looking for her whereupon he is shot just as she arrives on the scene. He dies in her arms with her rocking him and crying out the words to "Somewhere" and screaming at those around them "Don't you touch him!" She has died in her heart but lives on to carry the memory of Tony with her. He has died physically. But neither "die" by their own hand.
And what makes WSS so perfect is the incredible music. "Somewhere", "Tonight", "One Hand, One Heart", "Maria", "Something's Coming". These songs are classics, and rightfully so, regardless of their source musical or its inspiration.
"Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1582. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both..."
The fact that Romeo and Juliet both die at the end is what makes the ending so good. WSS just has a stupid ending. It wasn't an improvement at all.
Romeo and Juliet is a play. West Side Story is a musical. You can't say that one is better than the other because one has music and the other one doesn't. That's apples to oranges.
Pointing out that Romeo and Juliet was stolen in the first place is irrelevant. (Get ready for a poor analogy) The Cleveland Show is a rip off of American Dad, which is a rip off of Family Guy, which is a partial rip off of The Simpsons. So what?
A) *You* started the comparison by claiming it was only as good as it was because it was a "rip-off" of R+J. How do you explain the award winning music then?
B) *You* claimed WSS was inferior *because* it was a "rip-off". I just point out why the more realistic ending was an improvement in my opinion. You are free to disagree, of course. But I did not state R+J was inferior, only that the ending was an improvement in my opinion.
C) I wasn't comparing the two in their entirety, only the specific elements of the story. As it happens, I like Mercutio and feel his role is better in R+J than Riff in WSS. Each piece of performance art is brilliant in it's own right.
D) *You* implied that not being original disqualified a work of performance art from standing on it's own when you called WSS a "rip-off." By extension, all those operas and plays I mentioned cannot stand on their own as they are "rip-offs" of other works. This is *your* implication, not mine.
i dont really know whats wrong here and i know we're not supposed to talk about ongoing games but i keep getting messages that say invalid parameter and i dont know why because theres nothing wrong with the moves im trying to make, they just wont work. if anybody knows why then i would love to know. it says invalid parameter 190 and 163
By special request - The strategy questions thread.
Go ahead and ask. I won't necessarily answer as there are many here better then me, and if I do I don't offer any warranty, express or implied, as to the results of my suggested strategies. Caveat Emptor, YMMV, etc.
I have sent a multi accusation there that needs swift action. The cheating is so obvious by the players' names, but the turn runs soon and I don't want the game destroyed by a cheat. I'm doing too well in it.
Without turning this into a giant webDip ego stroke, how do you feel the quality of play at other sites stacks up to webDiplomacy? If you could include specific sites for comparison (just names, no links necessary) that'd be wonderful.