Monday, December 13, 2004


Just finished watching the first installment of Legend of Earthsea on SciFi. I was very underwhelmed. The acting was wooden, the CGI amateurish, and the plot deviated from the book in innumerable ways both large and small and unnecessary. There is much about Ursula LeGuin's spare, Daoist-influenced Earthsea trilogy (I don't count her later additions as part of a larger Earthsea series becuase they have a very different feel to them) that probably doesn't translate well to the screen. SciFi probably shouldn't have tried to do it. Sigh.

I don't think many of these translate well... (Did you see the Disney miniseries of "A Wrinkle in Time". Blech!)

Some of these books are so strong of an experience on their own, it seems a shame to make them visual unless you have Peter Jackson's drive, vision and budget.

I've been reading about Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy that is being made into film (Did you ever read those?) and how he was having to take out the direct references to God (which doesn't make *me* unhappy, but does seem to negate the whole point he was attempting to make). Don't understand why they bother.
Here is a comment Ursula Le Guin has made about the production:
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