Monday, March 15, 2010
Book Meets Movie: The Earthsea Saga
The "movie" is actually a Sci-Fi Channel mini-series, but I watched it on DVD so it seemed like a very long movie. Now the movie is not quite the same as the book...well let's just face it, it's nothing the same. Try and imagine someone reading all of the Earthsea books to you at the exact same time. That's right, all the books seem to be happening simultaneously. They also leave out some of the biggest and most important scenes because they must not have fit into this mangled timeline.
Once I realized that the movie was not going to be like the books, I made every effort to put the books out of my mind and just enjoy a good movie. Unfortunately I couldn't quite do that. There is very little character development because of this and when they did manage to change it was so sudden that they may as well have turned into a different person in a matter of seconds. If I hadn't read the books, I would have been completely lost. There is no explanation of why people are doing what they are doing or who they even are.
These books could have some major potential if they had been presented correctly. I hope someone does it some day.