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tintinroxs
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#11 · Posted: 19 Oct 2012 16:29
jock123:
Do you think that knowing or having a label for a book should changethe way that you read it?

No. I think that if a book is like sci fi or something,it should be read like it is, not differently because what genre it is.
jock123:
It doesn’t bother me that Flight 714 is sci-fi, anymore than does it that Tintin in America is a western/ gangster tale, or Calculus Affair is a spy book.

What you said was not the way I was trying to come at. What I meant was maybe Herge just wanted us to really think about the book, like I said earlier.
jock123
Moderator
#12 · Posted: 19 Oct 2012 18:03
tintinroxs:
What I meant was maybe Herge just wanted us to really think about the book, like I said earlier.

I just want to clarify that I’m really interested by your idea - I’d not looked at it that way myself, because I thnk of sci-fi as being an area which Hergé was comfortable using, plus some of his books fall into several categories; I’d just not considered that he perhaps had a purpose in this case, and was wondering what you thought it might have been?
714 has always been a book I feel slightly ambivalent about - sometimes I like it more than others; if you can see a new angle in how to read it and get more out of it, it could be helpful!
tintinroxs
Member
#13 · Posted: 21 Oct 2012 23:56
jock123:
714 has always been a book I feel slightly ambivalent about - sometimes I like it more than others; if you can see a new angle in how to read it and get more out of it, it could be helpful!

Yeah, I guess you're right.
Fawn_Kadett
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#14 · Posted: 15 Jun 2013 18:21 · Edited by: Fawn_Kadett
I've always liked the story, the fast pace and 'sci-fi' really appealed to me as child. Herge was a curious man, and he must have been intrigued by the increased public sightings of UFO's in the 50's and 60's. I also feel the ambiguous deal that happened to all characters bar Snowy is a beautifully described scene, which opened up UFO's and Space in general to me as child. I had not yet read 'The Shooting star' at that point, but I suspect the bleaker and even more surreal story would have also fired up my imagination.
Cutts the Butcher
Member
#15 · Posted: 8 Aug 2013 04:12
Sci-fi it may be.

Problem is, the space ship is ultimately a preposterous deux ex machina, one of the absolute worst of the series, and the whole adventure heads south once that element is introduced.

(On a less grevious level, I think the art is a retrograde step as well; never liked Haddock's fuzzy eyebrows, for instance, as they tend to undercut the subtley of Hergé's side-splittingly funny renderings of this compelling character's face).

To me, 714 and Picaros both reek of creative fatigue and disenchantment with the characters. Hence the whole "deoncstructive" approach he adopts - utterly inspired in the brilliant Castafiore Emerald, increasingly bankrupt in the final two finished adventures.

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