Letters to… US Government, Dwayne McDuffie, Veronica Mars fans

Dear American Government,

No one is arguing that the situation in the Ukraine is not good. Russia pretending to act like the old Soviet Union, invading other countries on the pretense that they are liberating the people there, isn’t a good thing at all.

Yet, I remember a while back when America did that to Iraq.

Sure there weren’t Americans there, but with the world in a state of hysteria from 9/11, and the threat of terrorism seemingly everyone, including small town America, Iraq seemed like the natural choice to attack. When Weapons of Mass Destruction were “discovered”, it was a no-brainer.

Hindsight is 20/20. Thankfully, your current president isn’t some gung-ho, industrial failure, so desperate to be from Texas he adopted the accent. But sadly, that seems to be what Putin is counting on.

It’s a big mess, with no clear solutions. Sanctions didn’t seem to stop Iran from developing a nuclear program. I doubt they’ll do much to change Putin’s mind and pull his troops out of Ukraine. He’s using old-school tactics in a new world where the remaining super power has just wrapped up a costly and unpopular invasion.

I guess my point is that the American government representatives shouldn’t be calling Russia names and saying their actions are dangerous and threaten world stability, because it wasn’t long ago that America was doing just that.




Dear Veronica Mars fans,

We funded a movie, we couldn’t win the MTV Movie Award for best character?!

And who the hell is Tris, or Tis, or whatever?!



Disappointed… until my copy of the movie arrives! 😀


Dear Roland Emmerich,

If you cut out the part of the 1998 Godzilla movie that was a rip-off of the raptors from the Jurassic Park movies, your Godzilla movie, or “Zilla” as the monster is now called, wouldn’t be big an embarrassment as it will be when the new “Godzilla” movie comes out.

Actually, never mind. “Godzilla: Final Wars” did that already.




Dear Dwayne McDuffie,

I say this with all honesty and sincerity, that you could have been to DC Comics and their movie studio what Joss Whedon is the Marvel Studios.

Just re-watched Justice League Unlimited. Classic! Humor, action, even romance and serious drama!

It just reminded me that you were taken waaay too soon.

Thankfully, you left some great stories behind.




Dear Movie Makers,

It seems of late that a new genre has emerged. Call it Young Adult Fiction Movies or whatever, you can’t swing a sparkly vampire around without hitting some movie with a strong, determined young woman, in a world that doesn’t understand her (whether it be post-apocalyptic or modern-day Vancouver), fighting for something (freedom, boyfriend, mysterious civilizations/ race), then totally jettisoning those independent traits for some hunky boy.

I’m not besmirching your choice of source material. Money talks and teenaged girls will walk to the theater and see the books they love on-screen. I’m just wondering why some of the ads are solely focused on teenaged girls?

Sure, you gotta please the fan base, but this isn’t Pippi Longstocking or Nancy Drew. These are big budget extravaganzas with hopes of becoming the next Twilight or Harry Potter franchise. I’ve, sadly, seen Twilight, and comparing it to The Hunger Games is like comparing the Jim Carrey vamp flick “Once Bitten” to “Mad Max”! The Twilight sloppy saga was lame. But movies like The Hunger Games (FYI: it was ok, but meh), The Mortal Instruments, Divergent, and Ender’s Game may be based on what is called “Young Adult Fiction”, but stories are universal and can be enjoyed by more than just the fans.

Yet the majority of advertising and media interviews are for the little girls that read it and, most likely, are the predominant target audience.

My point, don’t dumb it down!

Adults are also reading these books and wanting to see these movies! If they have a teen-skewing show that is promoting the movie, fine, be all kid-ish. But for everyone else, focus on something more. Draw a bigger crowd, and you’ll have bigger ticket sales.

Btw, when I was a teen, my “young adult” fiction consisted of Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers” and “Christine”. Young people reading about young character is fine, but never limit what they read.


Old Codger


2 thoughts on “Letters to… US Government, Dwayne McDuffie, Veronica Mars fans”

  1. Some people get all worked up over how much is known about us as individuals these days for the sake of targeted advertising… Personally, I’m still hoping for the day when the world around me starts advertising vegetables as soon as I decide to go on a diet! Tell Old Codger I’m on his side.

    1. Wouldn’t it be great if they advertised simple, healthy, non-processed food with the same zeal as all the other crap? A whole generation would grow up wanting orange juice or carrots the same way present kids want Red Bull or candy bars.

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