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  •  The book is VERY different from the movie, (1+ / 0-)
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    Neon Vincent

    almost as though the director hijacked the title and the names of a few characters, and made a completely different film (which I understand is pretty much what happened).

    The book is a standard Heinlein bildungsroman (young man growing up and finding his place in the world), this time exploring the ramifications of being in, basically, the Space Marines. The world-background exists to propose the Space Marines as a reasonable career for a fairly bright and enterprising young fellow, and the interstellar war just sort of sneaks up on everybody (it isn't even on the horizon until quite a few chapters into the book).

    "Coming of age in the military" is something Heinlein knew about from personal experience, since he started out as a US Naval officer (medically discharged, much to his dismay a few years into what he had expected would be a lifetime career). So naturally he would regard military service as a Good Thing for those who could make a go of it.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 08:43:30 PM PDT

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    •  Are you talking about Atlas Shrugged (0+ / 0-)

      metaphorically somehow, or Starship Troopers? I'm fairly certain cagernant is talking about Atlas Shrugged.

      •  Starship Troopers came up anyway :-) (0+ / 0-)

        and I don't think anyone could make a good movie of Atlas Shrugged.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 05:32:03 PM PDT

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