I liked Beowulf, but I didn't really care for how it was written. Neil Gaiman is overrated IMO (although I did like Coraline). I didn't like Grendel's design either. I always envisioned him to be kind of a brutish lizard man, not a giant deformed emo. If you want a good Beowulf that isn't really Beowulf then check out Outlander.
To use a better analogy, take Baten Kaitos on the Game Cube, for instance. It looks beautiful and it plays beautifully; but I'd rather play a conventional turn-based RPG than a trading card game RPG (if you haven't played it, it follows the trading card formula during battle mode).
I'm actually one for the mixing of genres. I love it when I see different engines at play in games; moving from a beat'em up to a shmup level (Death and Return of Superman) or from a Fighting RPG to a shmup level (Revengers of Vengeance), etc. I guess what I don't like is "real world + game" mashups; like trading cards + RPG game, or Lego + adventure game. To be more specific, what these sort of unions do for me is that they tend to disassociate me from the intended genres (i.e.- Star Wars, Batman; or a beatiful RPG storyline, in the case of Baten Kaitos). For me, it's like watching a really engaging movie, but something suddenly jerks you back to reality.
At any rate, I feel now like I used the wrong analogy originally, because I actually did like Beowulf. In fact, I had just finished watching it for a fourth time before I wrote that post. Like I said, the story is great, even though I still think they could've gone the live-action route with all the resources spent.
I'm about 50-50 with Neil Gaiman, myself. I tend to like about half his stories and about half the content of his stories. The thing is, he reads like a Paulo Coelho meets Michael Crichton (contemporary ultra-realistic fantasy meets borderline vulgar SciFi). I'm not sure if you get what I'm saying.
Well, I still strongly disliked Beowulf. It was ugly and creepy, just like all of his movies now (who is that? Zemeckis?)
To me it's like that director back in the 80's who tried to be ground-breaking by animating over live action. It's just... wrong.
^Sounds like an awesome vacation.
Lol. How many people went with you?
Sounds like a great family outing.
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