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14 April 2011 @ 11:52 am
 Via roseaponi : Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey finally to be adapted into movies - well, the first book anyway. I'm sure the others will depend on its success.

OMG, you guys, I am SO EXCITED and also SO SCARED. These were the books that made me fall in love with fantasy. These were the books that first made me want to be a writer. I love them so much, and I'm so very scared Hollywood will screw them up.

Tessa Gratton: dragon and philiptessagratton on April 14th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Very cool... though I can't help thinking DRAGONSDAWN would make a better first movie. I mean, a la AVATAR, for God's sake.
rhienelleth: masterharperrhienelleth on April 15th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
I suppose it does, particularly from a chronological point of view. But Dragonflight was the first she ever wrote, and I must admit, if forced to pick a favorite, that would be it for me! :)
kistha on April 14th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed!
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
You and me both!
roseaponiroseaponi on April 14th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
I can only hope that the writer and the director are both fans of the original books.

The trouble with movies is that the screenwriter and the director get all caught up in putting their own stamp on the story, that they end up just stamping it out.
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
Yes, and I am not particularly reassured by the "writer of X-men and Watchmen". I must be one of the only geeks in fandom who didn't actually like Watchmen much. While true to the material, it was almost too true, losing something special in the translation from graphic novel to screen. And it depends on which X-men he wrote. The third one was just....awful, and the first was okay. The best of the three was the second movie, and as you said, a lot depends on the director as well.

We'll have to cross our fingers and see.
roseaponiroseaponi on April 15th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
I thought Watchmen was going to be really good, so I bought the DVD without having seen it... and was hugely disappointed. And depressed. That is the most depressing movie with special effects that I have ever seen. I don't necessarily need HEA, but the payoffs were all in the wrong places for me.

Now, if they said the writer had done LOTR - I wouldn't be worried at all :)
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly! I got to the end of Watchmen and was depressed and wishing I hadn't wasted almost three hours of my life. I also wonder if a good director could have made a difference...
angharaanghara on April 15th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh GOd OF COURSE THEY WILL. Hollywood and this kind of thing are notoriously incompatible.

But still.


Do you think they'll show the dragon mating (ALL that goes into the dragon mating, if you catch my drift) and then slap an R rating on the movie...?
rhienellethrhienelleth on April 15th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
Well, but they did do LOTR. And the Harry Potter movies have the right feel for the source material, even if they've deviated at times, and left things out for time. I've been able to enjoy all of these movies as visual versions of some of my favorite stories. If the screenwriter and director love the source material, and don't give into studio executive asshatery, and don't, I don't know, pull an M. Night Shyamalan-destroys-The-Last-Airbender routine, it could be good...I hope.

And they finally have the right level of CGI to really do the dragons right!

Hmm, as for an R rating, IDK. The books kinda gloss over a lot of the detail, even though the implication is pretty R, and the movies could do the same and get by with a PG or PG-13 rating, I think. I read the books when I was eleven, maybe? The ovies should accessible to that age as well, I think!
Dragonsinger: Bonnie/Jeremy - groundedsoulsdragonsinger on April 18th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Same here. I picked up Dragonflight at 19 on a suggestion from a co-worker and fell in love with fantasy. If they're going to do this, I hope they do it right.