Back in February, I wrote a bit of a rant about the Before Watchmen comics that DC is putting out. These (as you might theoretically not know) are prequels to Watchmen, a twelve-part comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that is so much a classic that Time named it one of the hundred greatest English-language novels of the century. Not graphic novels; novels of any type.
That's part of the reason why it's galling that DC would move forward with prequels against Moore's wishes. It's also galling to me that I've been buying the damned things. Truth is, they're fairly good, when compared to other current comics; compared to Watchmen, they are lacking in literally every way, but that's no surprise.
In that post, I asserted that part of the reason I was bothered by the DC-versus-Alan Moore brouhaha was that I knew it was only a matter of time before similar things started happening to Stephen King; and I knew that given my track record of buying such things, I'd shell out for these ripoffs, no matter what they were, or how bad, or how offensive.
But fuck, world, I figured you'd at least wait until King was dead! But no, apparently, Warner Bros. has begun "quiet" discussions on the subject of milking a prequel out of the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining.
Allow me to respond with some appropriate nerd-rage:
Now, if you know me, I betcha right about now you're thinking "Man, that Bryant Burnette sure is a hypocritical sumbitch."
Well, allow me to retort.