The Last Days of Video

  • Title: The Last Days of Video
  • Author: Jeremy Hawkins
  • ISBN: 9781619024854
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last Days of Video Video stores are dying But most of you don t care You ve got your Netflix and your DVR so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn down independent video sto
    Video stores are dying But most of you don t care You ve got your Netflix and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn down independent video store That grumpy guy is Waring Wax, and he s usually too drunk to worry about his declining business at Star Video, let alone his quickly evolving extinction in popular cultuVideo stores are dying But most of you don t care You ve got your Netflix and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn down independent video store That grumpy guy is Waring Wax, and he s usually too drunk to worry about his declining business at Star Video, let alone his quickly evolving extinction in popular culture But everything changes in his small college town when a bright and shiny Blockbuster Video opens nearby Clearly, this means war So, Waring enlists the help of his two reluctant employees, charismatic but conflicted Alaura and desperate virgin Jeff, to hatch a series of wild schemes to save their little store Together, these three misfits try to save Star Video while confronting, among other things, Waring s self destructive tendencies, a life training cult, corporate bicycle gangs, and a Hollywood director who constantly sees the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock.The Last Days of Video is a hilarious elegy for a bygone era, a quirky and charming story of redemption for a group of loveable cinema freaks, and a love letter to the art of the movies.

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    1. I love it when finding a book with no buzz. Just picking it at random or by the cover and absolutely adoring it. Maybe it's my love of films or working in video stores but this book got to me. I ended up reading it straight through 2 days. Never wanting to leave the characters or their store and world. I highly recommend.

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    2. Fellow Luddites be warned: If you are overly sentimental about old-fashioned things like independent video stores, this book is kryptonite. And I live in a town that still has them, but there's the rest of America to weep for. Countrymen! What possesses you to sacrifice the charms of human interaction in physical buildings filled with gloriously tangible things for mere "convenience"? Better not waste a few precious minutes of your Breaking Bad binge marathon to uphold the pillars of your commun [...]

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    3. Please tell me I'm not the only one still watching stacks of VHS tapes! :(I loved reading The Last Days of Video because it captures the serious depression that settles over the world of film when physical formats are left in the dust and all our beloved media is just bits of binary data online. It's a horribly sad thought, but this book tells the hopeful story of one nostalgic man's attempt to keep what he loves alive, even if it means battling the big box video store across the street. It's a [...]

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    4. This novel is quirky, bawdy, at times irreverent--and totally engaging. You WANT to know how this story will end. Your film acumen will be tested--will you know all the references? Does it really matter? Not one bit. The characters are endearing though often perplexing, but you'll root for them and you'll want them to win in the end. Get ready for a fun read and an even more fun ride. Publication Date--March 2015. It's worth the wait.

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    5. That's entertainment. (view spoiler)[For being a book about curmudgeonly know-it-all assholes specializing in obscurities, the fact that the author presents an alternate spelling of Willie Nelson's first name riled me up. Maybe it was the intentional remnant of a Free Willy joke or maybe not. I liked the ending, aside from the depositing of one minor-yet-major player from the narrative, but, hey, that's life, right? People appear, stuff happens, and some people just disappear, their problems bei [...]

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    6. when I was a kid, there was an independent video store in my town that was staffed by enthusiastic film nerds and had a wide selection of classic and important and cult films. but it was 1993 and i was in 3rd grade so mostly I was renting stuff like "cool runnings" and that bette midler witch movie. but even 8 year-old me could tell it was a pretty special place.of course, time has not been kind to the places where we used to rent bette midler witch movies on VHS. so that place is dead, but this [...]

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    7. I was surprised to find out that this was about the video store where I worked in college

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    8. Reading this put me in real nostalgia mode. My boyfriend at the time Jeremy worked with Jeremy Hawkins at VisArt in the early 2000s and I worked at the Newstand on Elliot Rd. Parts of this also remind of the Varsity and independent theaters, but some of those real life people (Bruce Stone, Stuart Hoyle) are better than fiction.

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    9. I won't lie - I got emotional as I got to the end of this book, and ruminated on the loss of the small video stores that I loved going to as a kid. This isn't some dry history of video stores - rather, it's a fictional (and quite amusing) story set in a small independent video store in North Carolina in 2007, right in that moment when video stores began to go the way of the dodo. The eternally drunk and grumpy store owner, Waring Wax, can be a hard character to lovebut he's always entertaining ( [...]

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    10. This first caught my eyes because of its undeniably, incredibly cool cover. The premise -- about a 2007 independent video rental store that's thrown into economic chaos by the Blockbuster that opens across the street -- seemed undeniably cool, too. New technology continues to supplant things that are of varying importance to the background of my life, and the loss of video rental stores is one of those things. (Besides, as a librarian at a public library, I'm keenly interested in looking at what [...]

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    11. 3.5 Starsfun and quirky. The characters were great-especially cranky, disillusioned Waring, whose insults were amazing, my favorite being about a certain Star Wars character whom many found irritating! Perfect for film buffs (which I am not), though anyone with a love of nostalgia like me may enjoy it. It made me think of a video store I often visited in Madison, Wisconsin, when I was a student. It smelled funny, had weird titles that I'd never heard of (nor, most times, had any interest in), bu [...]

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    12. When a Blockbuster opens in town, Waring Wax and his employees Alaura and Jeff must figure out how to save Star Video.Due to several years of mismanagement and failure to adjust to new trends.Waring is behind the eight ball in life and business, his second in command Alaura has some troubles in her life as well.She seems to be unable to find what matters to her in life besides movies. Then there is Jeff, just starting college and figuring out his life path.This is a good book,that has interestin [...]

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    13. Snarky hipster characters who are fully realized as flawed and struggling people, against a backdrop of small town life and movies. In other words: a great read! If you love movies, you'll enjoy the commentary on movies in general and specific films. If you like seeing characters find themselves and grow, you'll love the arcs of the main characters in this novel.

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    14. I loved the movie references, but they mostly felt empty. He's just name dropping movies and references to movies in a way that has no meaning other than the reference. If you get it great, and if you don't, who gives a fuck? This seemed like a first novel in almost every way. Also fuck you guy, John Cusack was great in High Fidelity.

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    15. I miss my high school days, when my best friend worked for an independent video store and had the job of watching VHS tapes and DVDs customers complained didn't play right. Doing that at 2 in the morning in my living room was the best part of those years of my life, and this book made me feel that way again, however briefly.

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    16. While in many ways the typical, quirky underdog story, Jeremy Hawkins at least has the guts to not take the easy ending, but that doesn’t save The Last Days of Video from being more nostalgia than substance.

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    17. If you're in the mood for nostalgia and like a story with little substance this is the book for you. Also the last third of the book felt tacked on. As if the author realized it wasn't long enough or couldn't figure out how to end it. I have a feeling it's the latter. A decent, easy read.

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    18. The dialogue and writing are so bad, I was surprised this book managed to get published. But the gimmick was entertaining enough at times to get me to the end.

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    19. Charming genre driven tale of predictable quirks and haphazard resolution.

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    20. This is a terrifically engaging, warm and very funny novel. There are cinematic references a-plenty and I was rooting for the staff members of Star Video as they faced up to the titanic forces that threatened their store with closure. 'The Last Days of Video' is a must for anyone nostalgic for a time before Netflix had us confined to our sofas.Shameless self promotion alert: for another novel with a similar backdrop (with a supernatural twist), check out Neon Phantoms: A Tale of Movie Obsession. [...]

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    21. This one will be appreciated by anyone who has ever checked out the the mainstream work-in-a-cubicle-until-you-die culture. Fans of Nick Hornby will love this. The characters are entertaining, the plot is interesting, and the conclusion is realistic. Well done.

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    22. read for the theme choose a book by its cover

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    23. Once upon a time there was a place known as the video store. At this place called the video store, all types of movies were available, from the latest Hollywood releases to the Golden Age of Hollywood and beyond. And these places were filled with people, knowledgable people, who loved movies and loved talking about movies. Jeremy Hawkins debut novel takes us to the not so distant past, a time called 2007, when video stores were being displaced and shuttered, becoming a thing of the past. The Las [...]

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    24. Jeremy Hawkins' knowledge of film makes The Last Days of Video a unique novel that combines an interesting story with constant references to our movie culture. I've watched enough films to understand most of those references and I'm confident other readers will also enjoy them. The book jacket calls it “a hilarious elegy for a bygone era, a quirky and charming story” I agree with the quirky and charming, but can't say I laughed from beginning to end as many other reviewers did. True, Alaura [...]

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    25. A fine freshman effort, from a local (for me) author. I probably would not have come across this title were it not for local promotion via the town library, but I am glad that it did, because it spoke to me. Like the characters and the author, I spent some years working in video stores not long prior to the collapse of this industry. I even managed to get fired from Blockbuster! The characters are sweet and generally relatable and well-rounded, and their arcs were satisfying. The plot is a littl [...]

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    26. As a baby boomer I have seen the local video store come and go. From VHS tapes to CDs to Blue Ray, the "golden days" picking out a movie at a retail store have come and gone in my lifetime. This book recounts the quirkiness of the people that run a neighborhood video store - small business at it's best - and how they try to combat the enemy. The approach of the Blockbuster store, the "big box" store appears to be ready to gobble up all the business at Star Video but the owner, Waring Wax, will g [...]

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    27. Star Video is on its last days. Waring Wax, the dispirited owner, is almost bankrupt. Their film distributor pulls their deal after a Blockbuster opens right down the road; which is a sure nail in the coffin. Aulara, the female employee who gives it her all, has a mini-breakdown after being dumped, so she's no help. Jeff, the new employee and overachiever, is the only one who really seems to care about the demise of the store. But will Star Video find a way to pull off the miracle of the century [...]

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    28. Maybe I picked this up this book because it spoke to my unfulfilled childhood dreams of working in my (sadly defunct) local Video Ezy. Maybe I picked it up because of its snappy title and on-the-nose cover art. Whatever it may have been, I'm stupidly glad I did.I devoured this in a day. It drew me in, in such a manner that no book has for a good while. When reading the acknowledgments in the back, the author makes a shout-out to 'Black Books', and it made a little more sense to me how the charac [...]

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    29. This was a great read; very entertaining and also realistic; it made me think of my old college town where our own video store closed just a couple of years after I moved away. Similarities to Northampton, Mass. are so strongly similar to the town portrayed here. The characters were credible and the challenges they faced were compelling. Overall, this was an awesome tale but there is an extravagant side story that seems unnecessary (related to the main female character) that isn't really necessa [...]

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