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Old 05-07-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default Only You Can Save Mankind - some thoughts

I am highly annoyed with the fact that Johnny Maxwell already has a bunch of friends, but they are nothing more than "cameos" in the first book. In the very FIRST book.
Instead we're getting a girl as the second biggest character.
This girl, Kirsty, hasn't got a part in the story of the second book - but Johnny's friends are brought back into spotlight.
Something just doesn't feels right here. Johnny and the Dead should take place before Only you Can Save Mankind. In the way Pratchett presents the characters to us, it feels like it's a little backwards.

And I don't agree that everything supernatural only happen inside Johnny's head. That's bulls**t. He's really brought inside a computer game, it happens for REAL. To claim otherwise is to take away the sense of magic and wonder from the story, to destroy the feeling that everything can happen in a book. I'm glad that J.K. Rowling hasn't said that Harry Potter's adventures is just imagination by a sleeping boy.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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This is the only Maxwell book that hasn't been adapted to live action format. Both Johnny And The Dead and Johnny And The Bomb has been done before with real actors.
I wonder when it's Only You Can Save Mankind's turn.
Do you think it has what it takes to become successful and warrant sequels? Can it compete with Harry Potter, Twilight and Narnia?


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Old 10-19-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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I've only read Johnny and the Bomb, and in terms of franchise potential I'd have to say no. It lacks the full-blown fantasy elements of Potter and Narnia that children outside of the UK would be expecting from a property like this.

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