Sunday, June 28, 2009

Teenage hoodlums from another world on a horrendous rampage!

James Frey, noted confabulator, is back -- with a young-adult novel, of all things:
The story of “I Am Number Four” is about a group of nine alien teenagers on a planet called Lorien, which is attacked by a hostile race from another planet. The nine and their guardians evacuate to Earth, where three are killed. The protagonist, a Lorien boy named John Smith, hides in Paradise, Ohio, disguised as a human, trying to evade his predators and knowing he is next on their list.

It seems to me that he's gone from making stuff up to stealing stuff. That's pretty much the plot of Teenagers from Outer Space:

(If you click on the video, you'll go to the YouTube page where it's located, and find links to the other eight parts. Poke around YouTube, and you'll find the MST3K version -- it's a good one.)

I'm really hoping the Frey book has a monster that looks like a lobster. That would be aces.

The writer/director of Teenagers, Tom Graeff, was more than a wee bit crazy -- and tons more interesting than James Frey. There's some Graeff bio information here.

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