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    The book and film. How do they compare, I Y O? How believable are they? How good are they? How well do they depict Edinburgh and it's character?
    Any other thoughts about this, one of, if not the most loved British film(s) of all time

    Discuss in depth

  • #2
    Book was much better than the film - I didn't even bother to watch the film all the way through!
    It does accurately, in my view, depict a certain 'view' of Edinburgh

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    • #3
      The only thing I had trouble with is would Edinburgh heroin addicts really be that charismatic, eloquant and good looking? Seemed kind of far fetched, but I could be wrong.....

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      • #4
        Well, I know a couple.....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Polwarth
          Well, I know a couple.....
          Tell me more

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          • #6
            Which book tho? The compendium of the original short pieces from the magazine or the edited to be more coherent version that accompanied the film?

            As far as it goes, the original book was quite an experience to read & the film could never match that IMO.

            As for how true they are, as someone who knew Edinburgh very well at the time it was set, yes it made the hair on my neck stand-up a few times.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by english-curious
              one of, if not the most loved British film(s) of all time
              I doubt that.

              In 10 years time it will be as forgotten as the author of the book is today.
              Meow!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bell-the-cat
                I doubt that.

                In 10 years time it will be as forgotten as the author of the book is today.
                I beg to differ.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by english-curious
                  I beg to differ.
                  Differ that the author is forgotten, or that the film will be, or both?
                  Meow!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bell-the-cat
                    I doubt that.

                    In 10 years time it will be as forgotten as the author of the book is today.
                    Irvine Welsh is anything but forgotten. Although it is quite possible that he appeals to a less bookish audience compared to other authors.

                    I've worked with him several times in the last few years & he has consistantly brought-in some of the biggest audiences at any of the literarry events we stage.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pogofish
                      I've worked with him several times in the last few years & he has consistantly brought-in some of the biggest audiences at any of the literarry events we stage.
                      You should have tried to get sponsors from manufacturers of mouthwash, or ear-plugs.
                      Meow!

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                      • #12
                        After the time we got Mars to sponsor some lectures on energy, I think that might be a bad idea.

                        It took a very long time to dispose of the 4-figure quantity of free Mars Bars that they sent us & I never want to see one again. Burrp!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bell-the-cat
                          Differ that the author is forgotten, or that the film will be, or both?
                          Both

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