2076: Horror Movies 2
While the first Horror Movies comic was about giving voice to Randall's inability to enjoy horror movies, this comic takes Randall's previous position and exaggerates it.
White Hat and Cueball (as Randall) discuss the appeal of horror movies and tragic plots. Cueball expresses his dissatisfaction with stories that focus on evoking negative feelings. As an example he mentions how he disliked the ending of Titanic where Jack sacrifices his life in order to save Rose. White Hat does not seem to share Cueball's point of view on successful storytelling and sarcastically promises to send feedback to the movie director James Cameron as well as the 16th century playwright and writer William Shakespeare, whose most famous works include tragedies like Romeo and Juliet.
In the title text Cueball (as Randall?) discusses the ending of the science fiction novel The Giver where the fate of the main character Jonas [sic, see Trivia] had been left ambiguous. The joke is a stereotype that the Newbery Medal, a children's literature award, is only given to books with tragic endings. However, the protagonist lives, as there are three more titles in the series, two of which have the main character as a side character. However, those three books are rather obscure.
This was the first of two comics in a row to reference a specific movie genre, this one horror movies, the next one, 2077: Heist, heist movies.
- [White Hat and Cueball are walking, with Cueball holding his arms out in front of him.]
- White Hat: So you don't like any horror movies?
- Cueball: Spooky stuff is neat but I hate jump scares and watching people get murdered.
- Cueball: Why would you want to see that?
- [Zoom in on the two.]
- White Hat: It's like roller coasters. People like experiencing powerful feelings in a safe, controlled setting.
- Cueball: But why not good feelings?
- [In a frame-less panel Cueball stops and turns towards White Hat.]
- White Hat: We've always been into tragic stories. Romeo and Juliet, Titanic...
- Cueball: See, that's another thing I don't get!
- [Zoom out again as White Hat walks past Cueball who now hold his arms out to the side as he looks after White Hat.]
- Cueball: I loved Titanic because Rose and Jack found each other and seemed so happy! I just hated the ending.
- White Hat: I'll be sure to give James Cameron and Shakespeare your feedback.
- In the title-text, there is a typo where the protagonist of The Giver is referred to as "Jonah" instead of "Jonas."
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