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RIP Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy Dead: Celebrated Thriller Author Dies at Age 66

Not my kind of fiction, but it's hard to argue with the numbers.


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vanillafluffy
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
I'll cheerfully admit to skipping past the interminable technical bits in Clancy's books to get to back to the actual plot, but I will miss him. As I recall, my intro to his stuff was fanishly inspired--I saw "Patriot Games" when it first came out for Harrison Ford, walked out lusting for Sean Bean, and hunted up the book. Been reading him ever since. (And lusting after Bean! I still have to remind myself he's NOT Irish.)

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karaokegal
Oct. 4th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm always amused by Sean's propensity to bite the big one before the end of any given movie.

The fact that the right claims Mr. Clancy as one theirs gives me a bit of a squick, but you can't necessarily blame a writer/celeb for who chooses to latch onto them.
joanne_c
Oct. 5th, 2013 01:30 am (UTC)
The amusing part of the Sean Bean thing to me is that he doesn't actually die in character as much as he has the reputation for. Yes, there are a lot, but someone did the stats a while back, and it is actually less than 50% of his roles in total. I think it was something like 30 or 35% - though that's a complete guess - but it was still a lot and one does have to factor in the international, showy roles vs the obscure British ones, which may very well skew things higher when counted that way, but even so I find it amusing that he has this reputation when it's not entirely justified by the numbers.

Two other actors who die in character a lot are Joaquin Phoenix - there was a point where all of three movies available didn't have him dying in the end, and Willem Dafoe who apparently does hold the record for on-screen deaths, but that's according to IMDB so it may not be accurate. Then again, Willem tends to play bad guys a lot so I could see it.
joanne_c
Oct. 4th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
RIP.

I wasn't very into his books when I tried them myself, but I did enjoy some of the movies, so I am grateful for his creating the characters. My favourite is A Clear And Present Danger - Harrison Ford and Willem Dafoe are great in it (and even a little slashy). He definitely created some wonderful characters.

It's sad he didn't live to see the reboot with Chris Pine finished.
karaokegal
Oct. 4th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
I find the output in words alone sort of staggering. And you have to respect the research that went into them.
joanne_c
Oct. 5th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh I totally agree on that. I work as a volunteer at a thrift shop a few hours a week and I get to do a lot of the book sorting. His books are huge and he wrote so many. Definitely respect for the research, as well.
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