The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 February 2003


There is a dubious tradition of referring to action movies by some sort of abbreviation: Men in Black was truncated to MIB, Independence Day somehow became ID4 (if the Declaration had been signed on the 23rd, it just wouldn't be the same), and the second X-Men feature, for which Rebecca Romijn-Stamos has only just now scraped off all that blue stuff, is already being referred to as X2.

Knowing all this, I was still caught off-guard by Fox's film version of Alan Moore's graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which, for the purpose of marketing to the adolescent boys (ages 11 through, oh, 49 or so) who will want to see it, will be advertised as LXG.

Posted at 9:59 AM to Almost Yogurt

It sounds like some sort of antacid

Posted by: Ravenwood at 11:55 AM on 23 February 2003

Heh...used to be a peeve of mine, until I learned that My Wife thinks it's "dorky" of me to refer to Jurassic Park as "JP." X2 makes sense...but LXG angers me -- because, of course, X is *not* the first letter of Extraordinary. I suppose using the first three letters, and referring to it as L.E.G., wouldn't make much sense...

Wait a minute - maybe it WOULD! "Hey, wanna go see the LEG at the multiplex?"

Posted by: DavidMSC at 6:36 PM on 23 February 2003

It sounds like something people are always asking not be put in their Chinese food. "No LXG please."

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:09 AM on 24 February 2003