The strange "No Frills" series of totally generic genre fiction books from the 1980s

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As long as there are printed words on the page, that’s all the frills I have ever needed in a book.

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[Generic Comment: complete with ill-informed opinion, attempted humour, mispelling, and, poor punctuation]

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The punctuation, it hurts me.

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I want these books!

Well, the SF one anyway :slightly_smiling_face:

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but to understand it, first you must watch

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BB no longer retains comments from that long ago but, they are still available to us at the INTERNET ARCHIVE:

http://web.archive.org/web/20100131121539/https://boingboing.net/2010/01/28/how-to-report-the-ne.html

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really makes you want to sit back, crack a BEER and relax…

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We still have those comments in a database, one day they shall be live again

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[ Ghostbusters gif about not crossing the streams ]

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Lame attempt at a Black Mirror review in the style of TV Wipe.

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GenericsRepoMen

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They assemble a crew and blast off to Pluto, where they stumble upon few clues but several surprises.

En route, the rocket’s exotic fuel requirements lead to predicaments culminating in uncertainty about the availability of oxygen.

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IKR? I mean, how can that SF book miss when it has aliens, giant ants, space cadets, robots, and one plucky girl.

They had me at the giant ants, frankly.

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I’m reading one of those books right now

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Apparently Alex Cox experienced problems in attracting product placement for his film, “Repo Man”.

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Is that a Cowley (UK) comma?

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If I may be so bold… you’re in your 20’s or 30’s, aren’t you?

I’ve shopped in stores that looked like that. It was a thing. I still don’t understand why. I was just a kid.

I still remember the CHIPS, RIPPLED. I also remember the CHEESE BALLS and GREEN BEANS. Thankfully, my parents were Pepsi people so I didn’t have to drink COLA (ugh) or ROOT BEER (better) very often. Literally just products in white packaging and names that were just descriptive of the contents, with no branding or design, just stark white packaging with black text on it and a bar code.

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These look almost generic enough to be the “Content” that people sometimes talk about when discussing all creative works of some market value as though they were some sort of fungible slurry.

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Back in the 1980s, generic branding was really generic. Those in Repo Man came from Ralphs.

http://www.bobcantor.com/repo/faq.htm

Stop and Shop’s generic livery didn’t even have color.

You can see generic beer here:

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What, no “EROTICA”?

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