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Re: Why do Sci-fi and Fantasy novels make terrible movie/tv adaptations? Do...they?

Because I'm seeing a lot of highly rated and commercially successful movies here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Films_based_on_fantasy_novels
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Films_based_on_science_fiction_novels

Studio Ghibli stuff alone is part of almost every "Top list" in existence.

I think people like to think adaptations are terrible/horrible/not-so-good but even the "bad" tend to end up being somewhat successful.

I also think "core audience" is nothing but "True Scotsman" because it doesn't seem most movie-goers care about how faithful the adaptation was or have even read the source material in the first place.

Case in point; I am Legend. The movie ending butchers the book and even the title itself but it's still quite successful and fairly highly rated.

So...do they?

January 07, 2016, 11:32:29 AM
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Re: Do you read unfinished series or prefer to wait?
For me, there's a point where the waiting becomes too much. As a kid with the Harry Potter books, I was frantic with every new one, but as an adult I lose some of that excitement.


Ah, I did that too. I remember endless discussions on CoS and even "hacking" Jo's site only to find dummy text but not knowing it was dummy text. We thought we struck gold as we hastily tried to translate the Latin text. Heh.


But yeah, I remember basically growing up with those books. It saddens me that I haven't really been dedicated to anything as much as I was to HP when I was a young fellow and probably never will again.


Which is actually one of the bigger reasons why I only read finished stuff. I don't trust myself to actually remember anything past a certain point in time so if I read something unfinished then continue it when the next part comes out, I will be completely and utterly lost. It matters little if I liked it or not, there are now more important things that occupy my memory.

January 07, 2016, 07:23:55 PM
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Re: Need an incentive to write? - great article
For me, it's not so much that writing's a chore, but the editing process that starts to become grating, especially when rewrites come and it feels like you're just trodding old ground, even if you're shaping the land to be better.

But my mantra has always been to screw all the writing advice and be like Nike.


Oh yes, editing and postwork in general is never a pleasant experience. Fairly certain all editors are alcoholic in order to cope with the tedium. We could try that too.  ;)


I think after Lance, Oscar and Tiger Nike should just go from "Just do it!" to "Maybe think about it first.".
Which is also good writing advice. Just make sure your thinking doesn't turn into procrastinating by posting on a popular fantasy forum...which I have never done and how dare you even insinuate such a thing. >_>

January 08, 2016, 08:33:55 PM
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