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PostSubject: My dino media wishlist   My dino media wishlist Icon_minitimeTue Dec 21, 2021 5:22 pm

I originally posted the following at deviantART ( https://www.deviantart.com/jd-man/journal/SD-My-dino-media-wishlist-901438371 ).

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Hi everybody!

This journal entry was inspired by Naish's "Fossils We Want to Find" ( https://web.archive.org/web/20180110171830/https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/fossils-we-want-to-find/ ). It's nothing formal, just a list in no particular order of dino media I (as a non-expert dino fan) wish to see someday & why. Even still, I hope that at least some of you will get something out of it.

Cheers,
Herman

New Bakker-related dino media:
-1) New adult books by Bakker: More specifically, I wish to see adult versions of "The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs" (which I reviewed: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2INIHTO7ANTSM/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ), "Dino Babies!" (which I reviewed: https://www.amazon.com/review/RGGG87Q9W2PHE/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ), & "Raptor Pack". Not only are said books the best of their kind (I.e. The best children's natural history of dinos, the best baby dino book for younger kids, & the best day-in-the-life dromaeosaur book, respectively), but also some of my favorite dino books. Furthermore, there aren't enough dino safari, baby dino, or day-in-the-life dino books for adults.
-2) A "Raptor Red" movie or mini-series (hence the cover image, which is by anatotitan: https://chasmosaurs.blogspot.com/2011/08/design-exercise-raptor-red-teaser.html ): Of all the day-in-the-life dino books I've read, Bakker's are by far the best ( https://www.amazon.com/review/R16K64LXYBME69/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ). I think a RR movie would be something like "The Last Lions" (Part 1: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnr4b0 ) (Part 2: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnrg9a ), but better b/c dinos. Alternatively, I think a RR mini-series would be something like Genndy Tartakovsky's "Primal" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZUWGoEbbSs ), but more scientifically accurate. Maybe David James Armsby should contact Bakker & Random House 😉 If his "Dinosauria" series is any indication ( https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ5VEKOKH8PCoo-gp50NgGhm3CNPAhgle ), he's probably the best person for the job of adapting RR in a way that's both faithful to the essence of the book & scientifically accurate by modern standards.
-3) A remake of Peter Zallinger's "Dinosaurs and Other Archosaurs" by Bakker/Rey: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2KNMVQKGS4Q9R/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8
-4) A remake of Stout's "The New Dinosaurs"/"The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era" by Steve White or Bakker/Rey: More on that below.

An adult book version of Conway's "The Dinosaur Pet Guide" ( http://johnconway.co/dinosaur_pet_guide ) in the style of Conway et al.'s "All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals": To paraphrase Naish ( https://web.archive.org/web/20130521090221/http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2008/01/02/how-not-to-keep-dinosaurs/ ), "This could [be] a really interesting experiment in the reconstruction of behaviour, and on whatever imaginary perils and pitfalls might befall any attempt to bring dinosaurs into the human world". The closest thing we have is Bradley's "Care & Feeding Of Dinosaurs", a very good but outdated (E.g. Un-feathered coelurosaurs) children's book. Mash’s "How to Keep Dinosaurs" is the right idea, but the wrong execution ( https://www.amazon.com/review/R1BRQGIJNZWTQH/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ).

More faithful adaptations of Crichton's "Jurassic Park" & "Lost World" novels. More specifically: 1) They'd be better as a series like "Westworld" on HBO; 2) They'd be better if the dinos were mostly accurate for today's time ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj1pOgaXTf4&t=246s ), similar to how the novels' dinos were mostly accurate for their time ( https://jurassicpark.fandom.com/wiki/Isla_Sorna_(novel_canon) ); 3) They'd be better if the original Lex character was cut altogether; At best, she adds nothing; At worst, she ruins the experience ( https://babbletrish.blogspot.com/2013/08/so-reading-jurassic-park-in-2013-is.html ); In other words, cutting her would greatly improve the experience without changing anything important (I.e. Major plot points or dino/character interactions).

A feature-length version of "Phil Tippett's Prehistoric Beast" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlaXIRTjNfo&t=4s ): This is basically what Disney's "Dinosaur" ( http://www.williamstout.com/news/journal/?p=3549 ) & BBC's "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D" ( https://chasmosaurs.blogspot.com/2013/12/missing-kenneth-branagh.html ) were originally meant to be.

A PNSO-published Natural History of Dinos in the style of Owen's "Prehistoric Animals: The Extraordinary Story of Life Before Man" ( https://chasmosaurs.com/2019/12/09/vintage-dinosaur-art-prehistoric-animals-octopus-part-1/ ): As you may remember, I love dino dioramas ( https://www.amazon.com/review/R3F47215A3OEHY/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ). As you may also remember, I love PNSO ( https://www.amazon.com/review/R3R6KZA4VWB8E6/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ), especially their dino models ( https://www.paleo-nerd.com/tag/pnso/ ). Gripes aside, said models are so detailed & realistic that they should be in museum dioramas like the Smithsonian's ( http://agathaumas.blogspot.com/2011/05/annual-report-for-year-ended-june-30.html ). I'd especially love it if, like said models, this hypothetical NHD was updated every few years (& thus, always up-to-date, like many bird field guides: https://betterbirdphotography.com/bird-field-guides/ ).

A remake of Stout's "The New Dinosaurs"/"The Dinosaurs: A Fantastic New View of a Lost Era" by Steve White ( https://sharkeytrike.deviantart.com/ ) or Bakker/Rey: As you may remember, Stout 1981/2000 is "1 of the best adult NHDs" ( https://www.deviantart.com/jd-man/journal/SD-Top-4-natural-histories-of-dinos-758236511 ). I'd love to see a new edition w/updated stories, but I don't think that's likely given that William Service, the original narrator, is RIP. I do think the next best thing would be a remake that's authored/illustrated by White or Bakker/Rey. I say White for 2 main reasons: 1) AFAIK, White's comic book-style paleoart comes closest to evoking Stout's vision of dinos; For an especially good example of that, compare White's "DINOSAUR WRESTLING: VELOCIRAPTOR V. PROTOCERATOPS" ( https://www.deviantart.com/sharkeytrike/art/DINOSAUR-WRESTLING-VELOCIRAPTOR-V-PROTOCERATOPS-302059940 ) to Stout's "Deinonychus vs.Tenontosaurus" ( https://www.pinterest.com/pin/441704675923271479/ ); 2) As indicated by White's "Dinosaur Hunter: The Ultimate Guide to the Biggest Game" (which I reviewed: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2DH2U4T7MNS0N/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ), he's also experienced in writing short day-in-the-life stories. Alternatively, I say Bakker/Rey for similar reasons discussed elsewhere ( https://www.amazon.com/review/R16K64LXYBME69/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ).

A WWD-style book for "Dinosaurs in the Wild" ( https://twitter.com/TetZoo/status/1424502725245607938 ): As you may remember, "the Dinosaurs in the Wild book" is 1 of the reasons why "I pledged...to Darren Naish's Patreon" ( https://www.deviantart.com/jd-man/journal/SD-The-Jurassic-World-2-movie-and-challenge-770593457 ). I get that "writing of any sort is a slow business" ( https://darrennaish.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/naish-2021-becoming-a-science-writer-bsr.pdf ). What I don't get is why said book still hasn't found a publisher, especially given the following:
-1) How awesome DitW is (I.e. It combines the best aspects of "Jurassic Park" & WWD w/Naish's expert consultancy: https://chasmosaurs.com/2019/10/11/walking-with-dinosaurs-20-years-on/ ).
-2) How many companion books have been published for the less good-looking/accurate-for-its-time WWD (2 of which I reviewed).*
-3) How many dino fans still wanna experience DitW but couldn't do so in person.
Yes, there's Parker et al.'s "Saurian: A Field Guide to Hell Creek" (which is set in more-or-less the same time & place: http://tetzoo.com/blog/2020/2/16/dinosaur-books-of-2019 ), but Saurian isn't as good-looking (I.e. It's too video gamey for me to get into) or accurate-for-its-time ( https://www.deviantart.com/jd-man/journal/SD-The-Saurian-Dakotaraptor-could-be-better-707516300 ).

*I'm specifically referring to Martill/Naish's "Walking with Dinosaurs: The Evidence" ( https://www.amazon.com/review/R1NXSYJDL0LBHM/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ) & Benton's "Walking With Dinosaurs: Fascinating Facts" ( https://www.amazon.com/review/RA7SEUWSUPTX1/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ).

Honorable Mentions:
-A real book version of Darius's "Field Guide" from "Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous" ( https://jurassicpark.fandom.com/wiki/Field_Guide_(Camp_Cretaceous) ). It'd be like when "The Journal of the Two Sisters" from "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" became a real book ( https://mlp.fandom.com/wiki/The_Journal_of_the_Two_Sisters ), but better b/c dinos.
-A video combining the mosasaur clips from "Jurassic World" & other media w/the "Free Willy" theme. Basically, I wanna see a mosasaur version of the orca scene in "nostalgia citic The Pebble and the Penguin", but w/more of the theme included (See 0:00-0:30): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVGLLRPpN-0
-An homage to "Pitch Meetings" (like Doug Walker's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBaFPl6oG5Y ) that makes fun of terrible dino/paleo books like Feduccia's "Riddle of the Feathered Dragons: Hidden Birds of China" (which I reviewed: https://www.amazon.com/review/R47I7QPHDIHYD/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8 ) & Ford's "Too Big to Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs" (See "Bad": https://www.deviantart.com/jd-man/journal/SD-Good-Semi-good-and-Bad-Dino-Sources-4-800236863 ).
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