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Variations on a theme

Generally, invisibility stories fall into one of two categories: either the person is invisible to everyone, or invisible to everyone except one specific character. Ghost stories, in particular, tend to follow the latter pattern: only a single individual is capable of detecting the presence of the spirit, and everyone else presumes he’s off his meds or something.

It is possible, however, to construct a third variant, in which the person is invisible to only one other person; to anyone else, there’s nothing unusual going on. You don’t see this too often, as it’s a wholly-different dynamic. I wrote one myself a couple of years ago, based on a dream sequence.

Now there’s another one, and it’s nothing at all like mine except for that single premise. There may be others out there, but I haven’t found them yet.

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Who moved my cheese grater?

Making things invisible is presumably a lot closer to becoming reality than making people invisible, but the human/object interface is likely to be no less problematic:

unseen objects could create a more relaxed environment. just envision a desk which is only filled with your object of present attention. in my current case that would be the cupertino white that is my macbook. but come to think of it, we could even make the desk disappear.

however, rendering certain things around you invisible might cause some problems. so whatever this invisibility-machine will be, it has got to have an opacity setting. if i start walking around, i would very much like to know what is in my path. or at least perceive a glimpse of such object.

Indeed. Were I a better touch-typist, I’d opt for an invisible keyboard.

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You may already have seen “I See You”

Besides here, I mean. The Bollywood feature has found its way to amazon.com, where its first reviewer made note of its marked similarity to the 2005 US film Just Like Heaven, which is based on Marc Levy’s novel If Only It Were True, a copy of which is on my bookshelf.

The second reviewer was Marc Levy himself, who was not pleased:

Vivek Agrawal has completely stole the story from [my book]. It’s really amazing that not only he stole the story, dialogues of the book (even the name of the dog in the movie is the same than in the book) and still put his name in the credit as a writer!

A check of the Internet Movie Database suggests that this isn’t the first time Levy’s been ripped off by Bollywood, either: Fazil’s Vismayathumbathu (2004) seems to be basically the same story. (Interestingly, the IMDb picks up on the connection to Levy’s novel with Vismayathumbathu, but not with I See You.)

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A lot not to see

This video at YouTube is a nice compilation of “clips of invisible and ghostly women,” set to GrooveLily’s song “Phantom Lover.” (I tried embedding it over here, but it killed the template.)

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