Jumped the Shark

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Jumped the Shark

Post by Colonel Gray Poopond » Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:42 pm

So when is the exact moment the Clue book series declined in quality(jumped the shark). People often do this for tv shows, but I thought it would be interesting to do it for a book.

So did it Jump the Shark when:

When Jahnna N. Malcolm became the author.

When Marie Jacks became the author

When Dona Smith became the author

When characters started using WAY to many puns

When the characters became over exaggerated

Continuity errors became plentiful

When Mr.Boddy's introductions became LOOOOOOOONGGG

Predictable plots that only invovled a million dollar object switching hands every minute.

When Mr.Green went from being a bully to being greedy.

When the cover art changed from its own unique style to the 1992 art style

Never jumped the shark(Always was good)

Never Jumped the shark(Always was bad)

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Post by alwaysPeacock » Fri Aug 11, 2006 12:54 pm

The cover art was never its own unique style. The first four books featured the stlye of the 1986 edition.

There definatley was a point (for me at least) when the books went from fun mysteries, to complete silliness. I can't pinpoint the exact moment, but it was some time after book #11.
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Post by Colonel Gray Poopond » Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:18 pm

Your right it wasn't entirely unique, but it didn't copy the 1986 style exactly.
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Post by CluedoKid » Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:56 pm

Actually it did. Saying that is like saying they didn't copy the 1992 style exactly.
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Post by alwaysPeacock » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:06 pm

I get what you're saying. True, none of the covers depicted the characters exactly how they looked in the game artwork, but they were obviously rendered by the same artist(s) who created the art for the game. Either that, or some artist(s) who were very good style imitators.
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Post by Niteshade007 » Sat Aug 12, 2006 1:33 am

I've only read two of them. The first one was about a haunted something or other, and I don't remember the answers to that one, but I can still remember the answers to the second one I read. Miss Scarlet and Mrs. Peacock killed Mr. Boddy in the Study with the revolvers, which shot red and blue bullets, respectively.

Oh, and Mrs. White assisted a cat burglar.

And Mr. Green watched Mr. Boddy open a safe behind a picture of ducks.

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Post by Michael » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:23 pm

Of course, I collected them all. But I believe I stopped reading them around book #12. They were just too irritating. The characters had nothing going for them. They weren't sympathetic or interesting. They weren't three-dimensional. They didn't grow emotionally nor intellectually over time. They were lame, unintereting stereotypes who did and said unbelievable things. It was too far fetched. Granted it was geared toward children, but I don't think even children would find them remotely interesting.
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