Douglas Coupland is obsessed with pop culture. It inspires everything he creates. Beyond popularizing the term Generation X, the Canadian novelist has used his unique characters -- from a one-handed astronaut to a teen, Christian ghost -- to explore, delight and document the crazy pop world we live in. His passion transcends the written word -- Souvenir of Canada was not only a popular book about his views of Canadian life, but it was also turned into a surprisingly funny documentary about his scheme to transform a run-of-the-mill house into a piece of historic art. The author followed that up by penning the script for Everything's Gone Green, a comedy about a money laundering slacker, and a novel, jPod.

His latest work, which is also his longest, has now been turned into a short film that can be found in its entirety on Showcase.ca, a website for one of Canada's more arty and provacative channels. While it is no short cinematic feat, it is a tolerable diversion that could also win you a copy of the book, if you sign up for Showcase's newsletter. How did the filmmakers turn the long book into a short film? Basically, they took out all of the plot and left a small sliver of romance. The novel is Coupland's fluff, which he admitted to last year at a book signing: "It was written to be nothing more than a fun book;" so, take away the Chinese mafia, happy heroin addicts and ballroom dancers and the point is really lost. That being said, some quirk still remains -- such as the ways Ethan and his co-worker slide into their jPod workspace. I wonder what Dougie thinks about the adaptation ...

[via Twitch]
categories Movies, Cinematical