Lost in Ling

For those who ticked the "Jasper Fforde should sue box" in the Lost in Austen question in the poll about classic series – the writer of Lost in Austen has spoken to the Radio Times. (p 136) and his influences are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead and Doctor Who – The Mind Robber (1968) – meaning that as The Mind Robber predates Jasper Fforde’s novels by some 33 years clearly the estate of Peter "crossroads" Ling should sue.

Cervantes’ trouble with Don Quixote encountering a fictional Don Quixote in book 2, published some time after book 1, is not quoted as an influence – and dear old Migeul having passed the post mortem three score years and  ten long stop for copyright protection is – as they say – shafted.

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I watch the telly and read when not doing law stuff and plugging my decade and a half old unwatched Edinburgh fringe show.
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3 Responses to Lost in Ling

  1. Is the Lost In Austen TV thing the same as the book of that title which seems to be a ‘choose your own adventure’ stylee book based on a superficial look at the Amazon.co.uk page.
    People often have irksome explanations of their influences, didn’t Douglas Adams basically used to say about HHG ‘no mate, SF, never read any of the stuff in my life’?

  2. peeeeeeet says:

    Now I haven’t seen this LiA show, but what about:
    Pleasantville
    Spunky modern woman introduces old fictional characters to rumpy pumpy and the word “cool”, but eventually decides that they had some good ideas too, like spectacles and milkshakes.
    Star Trek
    Something about meeting Moriarty? I never watched it.
    Futurama
    Send up of the above. “The Holo-Shed’s on the fritz again!”
    And the most obvious:
    Red Dwarf
    Introducing the Bennett clan to curries. “These strides are too tackle-tight, Officer B-B. I can barely cruise!”

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