Where are the great love stories of today? from ABC Unleashed 2/2/09

Katherine Scholes posed this question in an editorial at Unleashed at ABC.net.au

She asks

Ask your friends to name a great love story – a book or a film – and they’ll probably come up with one set in the past. Something like Pride and Prejudice, Dr Zhivago, Gone With the Wind, Titanic – or my favourite, The African Queen. If they do choose a contemporary story it’s likely to be one that takes place in another culture, like Slumdog Millionaire. The fact is, it’s very difficult to conceive a great modern love story located in our own world. There’s no problem with writing stories about people falling in love – after all, it happens in real life to most of us, often more than once. But the truly great love story is not the stuff of everyday life. It has to have serious tension, high-stakes conflict and genuine uncertainty about how things will turn out.

In the interests of scholarship I repost someone else’s post.

In answer to question in the title this was posted –

VoR :

03 Feb 2009 9:58:07am

Then there’s Charles and Camilla. It was Destiny. Her ancestor was his ancestor’s mistress. But she married someone else when he was away too long on naval duties. He married a virgin with a long pedigree and good breeding characteristics. Who was too young and naive to realise the deal she was expected to accept, and suffered in the loveless marriage, particularly when Charles and Camilla reconnected. Popular in life, his wife became iconic in death. The whole world was against his liason with Camilla.

(Would this be better as opera, mini-series or You-tube parody?)

I was thinking more on the lines of Buffy and Angel or Buffy and Spike or Angel and Cordelia.
However somebody said it better.

Helena Celeste :

02 Feb 2009 11:04:54pm

No great love stories? Buffy and Angel! or Buffy and Spike. She had a thing for the undead. As do quite a few modern romance heroines, from Twilight (with its subjugated female desire) to True Blood, vampire romances are the new love stories. There is an entire genre with hilarious paperback covers, all featuring vampire heroes with rippling muscles, who seem to be defying traditional lore by getting a suntan.

If you are throwing in modern day romances then please add Brian and Justins romance from “Queer as Folk”.

( I quite liked this Unleashed, it asks a very accessible question.)


Can a Government spend its way out of a recession?

Comment on a post by Tom Elliott called “Talk is Not Cheap” dated 10 December 2008 at ABC’s Unleashed

Tom Elliott’s statement

“It is the Federal Government which, once it gets over its 1996 election loss fear of budget deficits, just might be able to spend its way out of economic recession.”

My response

An appeal to the more learned among us, is there any examples of this actually working without massive tariff barriers going up de facto or otherwise?

Government expenditure comes from taxes (paid mostly by Aussie battlers), not from some mythical magic pudding.

In defence of Bill Gates

Donald Brook wrote a piece on why he hated Bill Gates and posted at the Australian BC unleashed website. Mostly it was a complaint about technology and not so much about Bill Gates in particular. 

Billibaldi :

18 Nov 2008 2:29:16pm

With the convergence in electronics going the way it is, I would suspect that your next computer could be your mobile phone connected to your TV (and keyboard for convenience.) This more or less what Larry Ellison predicted about eight years ago.

In my household, hardware failure has overtaken software failure for downtime. 

I do have to defend Mr William Gates III because he forced a standard on the world for better or worse. This single standard has allowed computing to be accessible to the masses because it allowed economies of scale.

  • BlackMagic :

    18 Nov 2008 7:39:48pm

    ‘I do have to defend Mr William Gates III because he forced a standard on the world’

    What standard was that? I’ve been in IT for more than 45 years and I can’t think of any standard that Microsoft has given the world. If you’re suggesting that Microsoft standardised the PC you don’t know your computer history. IBM standardised the PC in 1981 when it announce the first Personal Computer.

    When IBM was looking for an off-the-shelf operating system for the first PC, MS-DOS wasn’t the first choice for IBM. DR-DOS was chosen, but Dr Gary Kildall, owner of DR-DOS, was uncooperative and IBM turned to Microsoft. 

    Microsoft didn’t have an operating system as it was a computer languages company at the time, but it quickly bought an operating system from a company called Seattle Computer Products for $50,000. A programmer named Tim Paterson wrote the operating system. A dispute between Microsoft and Seattle Computer Products over the operating system was settled in 1986 when Microsoft paid Seattle an additional $950,000.

    As for Microsoft giving the world standards of any kind, that has never happened. All Microsoft software is proprietary and Microsoft refuses to release any details of how its products work, except under some very limited licenses that are also expensive to acquire.