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 LT Discussion pt #12 Was this what you expected?
Karen
Posted: Apr 19 2009, 07:29 AM


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In "Loser's Town" D Depp showed a very different, dark, ugly side of show business. We saw lots of things from the other side of the movie theater seats, camera lenses and autograph lines.

Let's discuss what you thought about this book, what you expected to read compared with the finished product. The great, the interesting, the bad and everything in between.

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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 08:37 AM


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I tried very hard not to have expectations. I was quite entralled and pleased overall, but one thing didn't materialize--I really expected the book to be more like a mystery novel. But maybe it was, Ijust haven't read enough mystery novels. laugh.gif


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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 10:48 AM


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This was not at all what I expected---after reading that excerpt on the internet, I wasn't expecting too much. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't what I expected. I think the strength of the book is giving people the "inside" view of how the movie industry really works. I knew some of the things that he mentioned about the Hollywood business, but I think it's great that someone put it in print version. I still think some of the characters were unnecessary, plus the plot hole that Karen mentioned---using film and not having the "henchmen" think of using cell or digital photos as well. I thought it was going to be more of a mystery, too, Arnelle. I guess I would categorize it as a "thriller"---but I enjoy more of the Bourne Identity type of spy novels.

Having said all that--it was an easy read, and I loved hearing about all the places in Cali that I've visited. I hope in his sequel that he tightens up the plot line a bit more than in this one.

-Donna

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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 10:52 AM


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QUOTE (amp @ Apr 19 2009, 09:37 AM)
I tried very hard not to have expectations. I was quite entralled and pleased overall, but one thing didn't materialize--I really expected the book to be more like a mystery novel. But maybe it was, Ijust haven't read enough mystery novels. laugh.gif

Good point about it being hard NOT to have expectations, especially when we know "too much" about the author. wink.gif I expected more of a mystery too and I read a TON of mystery novels. lol


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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 11:01 AM


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QUOTE (herestoyou @ Apr 19 2009, 11:48 AM)
This was not at all what I expected---after reading that excerpt on the internet, I wasn't expecting too much. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't what I expected. I think the strength of the book is giving people the "inside" view of how the movie industry really works. I knew some of the things that he mentioned about the Hollywood business, but I think it's great that someone put it in print version. I still think some of the characters were unnecessary, plus the plot whole that Karen mentioned---using film and not having the "henchmen" think of using cell or digital photos as well. I thought it was going to be more of a mystery, too, Arnelle. I guess I would categorize it as a "thriller"---but I enjoy more of the Bourne Identity type of spy novels.

Having said all that--it was an easy read, and I loved hearing about all the places in Cali that I've visited. I hope in his sequel that he tightens up the plot line a bit more than in this one.

-Donna

LOL Great way to put that Donna, that you were pleasantly surprised at what you read.

I have to be honest, that while I enjoyed the behind the scenes parts of the story, that I thought there were too many characters that were pretty much thrown away, not developed or left hanging. And I've already talked about a major issue that I have with the plot in general. That being said? I get the gut feeling that perhaps this book was rushed to print? And that it COULD have a been a really GREAT read with a better or more brutal editor to remove the non essential things, tighten up the loose ends with character and plot and then it would have been FABULOUS! I think Mr. Depp has a gift of story telling, so I hope the next in the series will be tighter, stronger and just as sharing with insider bits!! smile.gif woohoocheer.gif


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herestoyou
Posted: Apr 19 2009, 11:16 AM


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I agree Karen---I really had mixed feelings about the book as a whole. I saw glimmers of a great read, and I loved a lot of the description DDepp used, but I just wasn't thrilled with the overall plot. I'm glad a sequel is in the works as I hope to read a "tighter" novel the next time around.

-Donna


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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 03:14 PM


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I didn't really have any expectations although I did think it would be more mystery than thriller.
I loved the dialogue and the characters, and the plot twists were okay, maybe predictable, but yeah everyone is right about the plot holes. But all in all, it was a fun and easy read!

Here's something that went through my mind though after reading the book that I didn't expect. All the Johnny related tidbits.
In my opinion, Daniel knows that that attention getting last name is something he has to deal with. Claims that no matter what, he will never reach the status of his brother. But he and Johnny have a great relationship and are supportive of each other so he's okay with that. So what was interesting to me was that he didn't write a novel as far away from Hollywood as he could so as not to be linked to Johnny. To us, of course, we were thrilled with the little tidbits, and maybe no matter what he chooses to write about, we Johnny fans will somehow find a link! laugh.gif
But then again, when you know and see things first hand, inside looking out, it gives you an edge. He was spot on about many so things!

I'll definitely be reading the sequels because I enjoyed his style of writing and hope we get see some familiar faces brought back.
And I do hope his next book is promoted a little more.


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Posted: Apr 19 2009, 09:40 PM


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I also didn't have big expectations due to the pre-release reviews, etc. In fact, I canceled my Amazon order and reserved it from the library. But, of course, being a rather helpless JD fan, how could I not own his brother's first book? blink.gif So back to Amazon. Anyways, I found myself enjoying the read enough and chuckled at the references to JD and was shocked at how dark it turned. I'll be looking forward to the next installment.
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