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Henry Blake or Sherman Potter?

Leasheryn/Lady Willpower 2012/06/14 01:56:03
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  • Leasher... retired... 2012/06/16 01:18:16
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    Great answer.
  • Jazzy 2012/06/14 03:52:58
    Sherman Potter
    Jazzy
  • Leasher... Jazzy 2012/06/16 01:18:35
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    Agreed
  • Pele Emerging 2012/06/14 03:12:47
    Sherman Potter
    Pele Emerging
    +4
    Sherman Potter was actually closer to the character of Henry Blake in the book M.A.S.H. Henry Blake was regular army in the book and wasn't the drunken lush he appeared as in the TV series. I far preferred Sherman Potter.
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/16 01:19:15
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    I could take Potter seriously. Blake was a joke.
  • Pele Em... Leasher... 2012/06/16 01:20:37
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    I didn't care for the character he evolved into in the TV show. Loved Potter, though.
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/16 01:25:38
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    I haven't read the book yet so don't know what Blake's character was really supposed to be. He was insipid on the TV show. Potter was more believable as a CO.
  • Pele Em... Leasher... 2012/06/16 02:13:12
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    In the book, Blake was very much like Potter--regular army who'd put up with most of the crap from Hawkeye and company, provided they did their jobs when things got busy.
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/17 00:55:58
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    This is a book that's been on my list for a very long time. It's funny I've never gotten around to it.
  • Pele Em... Leasher... 2012/06/17 02:46:16
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    The first book is the best. The subsequent books go from bad to worse.
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/18 01:20:59
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    Isn't that always the way?
  • Pele Em... Leasher... 2012/06/18 02:22:33
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    It depends. I can honestly say that the Harry Potter books got better. J.K. Rowling's writing improved as she went on. She honed her craft and was true to her characters, even when she thought she wanted to go one direction, but her characters dictated another. Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books are also good and true to the last one (you can tell I read a lot of kids' books). A lot of books which were intended as series from the beginning are as good or improve with each book. However, M.A.S.H. was obviously intended as a stand-alone book, but its popularity and hit movie and TV show probably convinced the author that there was more gold to be had. The characters are still entertaining, but the storyline leaves something to be desired.
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/19 01:39:45
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    I do agree about Harry Potter. The storyline and the characters progressed as the books went along. I've read other series that have fallen flat after the first or second book.

    Slightly off topic, I avidly read the original VC Andrews series, Flowers in the Attic, Heaven and Dawn but the latter series fall flat and are in many ways laughable. I don't really know, other than from a financial standpoint, why they are being continued.
  • Pele Em... Leasher... 2012/06/19 02:49:10
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    I think you can tell an author who has a plan for multiple books and one who decides to continue a money maker.
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/20 00:58:52
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    VCAndrews died years ago. The current books are all ghost written.
  • Pele Em... Leasher... 2012/06/20 05:49:05
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    No wonder! Just publishers wanting some money. Tsk!
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/21 01:29:43
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    It's just being greedy. They could at least put out something worth publishing.
  • Pele Em... Leasher... 2012/06/21 16:49:01
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    I know! In many instances, publishers make writers, especially new ones, use a pseudonym. The publisher owns the pseudonym, so if the book or series is hugely successful, but writer wants to switch publishers for a better deal, they can't take their known name with them. As an added bonus, if the book or books are successful and something happens to the author, like with V.C. Andrews, they publisher can have more books ghost written.
  • Leasher... Pele Em... 2012/06/22 00:53:26
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    Interesting. The publishers can continue to exploit the success of a dead writer for as long as the name continues to be successful.
  • ~Adrien~ 2012/06/14 02:40:44
    Undecided
    ~Adrien~
    +6
    Who didn't LOVE M.A.S.H.??
  • Mtnsmith ~Adrien~ 2012/06/14 14:33:33
    Mtnsmith
    +4
    One of the best series ever!
  • cmdrbnd007 Mtnsmith 2012/06/14 14:44:59
    cmdrbnd007
    +1
    I think it still holds the record for largest audience in a non-sports show.
  • Leasher... Mtnsmith 2012/06/16 01:19:43
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    Agreed
  • Leasher... ~Adrien~ 2012/06/16 01:19:36
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    I adored it.
  • wysiwis 2012/06/14 02:36:29
    Undecided
    wysiwis
    +5
    Actually, I liked them both. Each had their own endearing qualities. Henry, the base commander that didn't want to be... Civilian at heart.

    Sherman, cantankerous old man that sincerely loved the service, and had been around longer than he probably should have.
  • Leasher... wysiwis 2012/06/16 01:20:13
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    Good answer.
  • wysiwis Leasher... 2012/06/16 04:16:33
    wysiwis
    +1
    Thanks.
  • Leasher... wysiwis 2012/06/17 00:56:14
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    You're welcome.
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/06/14 02:36:18
    Sherman Potter
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +4
    Both were great but Potter had big shoes to fill.
  • DoxieDad 2012/06/14 02:22:23
    Henry Blake
    DoxieDad
    +2
    I come from the original era straight out of the movie and always liked Henry. Could never get passed Potter's the Drag Net days.
    henry blake  mash
  • Leasher... DoxieDad 2012/06/16 01:21:01
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    I guess you were expecting Jack Webb to show up. LOL
  • lucythetooth 2012/06/14 02:15:46
    Sherman Potter
    lucythetooth
    +6
    I liked them both, but I liked Potter just a tiny bit more.
  • Leasher... lucythe... 2012/06/16 01:21:20
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    I prefer Potter.
  • FencerCat 2012/06/14 02:07:04
    Sherman Potter
    FencerCat
    +6
    I know most people preferred Blake, but I always liked Potter.
  • Leasher... FencerCat 2012/06/16 01:22:12
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +2
    Funnily enough, the majority vote on this one went to Potter. I was expecting it to go to Blake but Potter won the game this time around.
  • FencerCat Leasher... 2012/06/16 12:29:15
    FencerCat
    +1
    I think the die hard fans of the movie would've preferred Blake.
  • Leasher... FencerCat 2012/06/17 00:57:09
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    I agree. I also thought Potter was more real than Blake.
  • FencerCat Leasher... 2012/06/17 01:40:59
    FencerCat
    +1
    Yeah, Blake was kind of cardboard... acting and what he was expected to do.
  • Leasher... FencerCat 2012/06/18 01:22:20
    Leasheryn/Lady Willpower
    +1
    He didn't have a real personality the way Potter did.
  • FencerCat Leasher... 2012/06/18 11:03:40
    FencerCat
    +1
    No, he didn't. Probably why he wasn't as popular.

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