Total Recall and YA Literature

I watched Total Recall on channel four, where it was interrupted midway through by an awkward newscast that lasted half an hour. Apart from reminding me of why I hate watching things on TV rather than streaming them, it gave me time to reflect. What I realised, as that man wittered away about the state of the world, about the rounding up of Ozie’s, about the arrival of the Watcher Clan, was that the reason I was enjoying Total Recall so strongly was for the same reasons I adore much of YA literature.

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What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch is the result of designing a game around a story, rather than the other way around. It’s an experience where every single element, from the audio to the way the controls effect what’s in front of you, serves a singular, narrative purpose. Which wouldn’t count for much if the narrative itself wasn’t very good. Well, What Remains of Edith Finch is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever experienced. So it’s pretty great, if you ask me.

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The Affair (The Tv Show, not the act.)

The Affair is the greatest show nobody watches. I mean, I’m sure loads of people do watch it, otherwise it wouldn’t still be going. But nobody in my circle of friends/podcasts/YouTube videos/blogs/skin-walkers/flesh-eaters/Mormons/other multimedia discussion spaces seems to even mention it. Which is strange, because it’s a show I can’t stop thinking about.

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