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Just saw an ad for The Seeker -- a Dark Is Rising movie? o_O

My parser is still broken from The Golden Compass being turned into a movie. And that Calvin totally wasn't redheaded in that TV movie version of A Wrinkle In Time.

Dang it, stop ruining perfectly good books by turning them into movies. Hell will freeze over before I buy a movie-cover paperback of any fantasy series.

edit 23 SEP, 1633: here's a detailed list of differences between the book and movie: http://community.livejournal.com/authorblog/5880.html


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Sep. 23rd, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
The Seeker is a movie which pretends to be based on The Dark Is Rising, but which bears no actual attachment to the book. For example:

Will is 13. And American. And his family is cold and typically American.

Arthur? Arthur who? There was a King Arthur? I know, lets throw in some vikings, instead, and a scene set in a mall. And let's turn Maggie Barnes into a love interest, yeah??

The actor playing Merriman has not read the books, they were "too dense" - despite having been written for young adults.

Can you tell how utterly horrified I am by this movie? The first I knew of it was a preview at Pirates, and for half a minute I was so excited - then I nearly cried.
Sep. 23rd, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
A quick turn to the IMDb boards made me want to weep. Reading The Dark Is Rising sequence as a little burrito was my first exposure to Arthurian fantasy.

Apparently the actress playing Maggie Barnes stopped reading the series after becoming confused because they were so different from the script (source). At least she didn't pan them as boring or dense, but it's sad.
Sep. 23rd, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
A TV version of Wrinkle in Time? C'mon now, you should've KNOWN that was going to be horrid.

I'm just picturing something very 80s.
Sep. 23rd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
It's not /bad/, it just wasn't great either. It was produced as a low-budget indie film by a Canadian company and screened in theaters there before Disney bought the rights and ran it as a The Wonderful world of Disney television presentation in spring 2004.

Vogon reminded me the last time I mentioned it that the actor that played Calvin is better known for playing Ephram on Everwood.
Sep. 24th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Risking the tomatoes
Bridge to Terabithia makes me cry in any version.

The REALLY old PBS Naria movies used to be my favorites as a kid. They were cheesey, but they were faithful and a lot of fun to watch. I loved both book and film, and the new film got it right, too.

I have stopped expecting Hollywood to keep anything sacred and realized that their blasphemies are insignificant and meaningless compared to the power of the mountains they replicate with molehills, but sometimes these projects fall into the hands of people who care and we get silver apples on Digory's desk, or trolls turned to stone in the background, or a Lois who *still* can't spell.
Sep. 26th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Re: Risking the tomatoes
I haven't seen the Terabithia movie yet, but the book made me cry.

Hey now, don't call those Narnia movies old! If you're talking about the BBC's live action adaptation, they're from the late 1980s. I own them on VHS. (The animated version is from 1979. I don't own a copy of that but Vogon might have one squirreled away somewhere.)

I was so tickled with the LOTR movies that I rekindled a little hope for future movie adaptations of books.
Sep. 25th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
unfortunately they say just about every literary work out there has been or is being adapted into film. 1/3 writing jobs in Hollywood is adapting books
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