Blogosphere spotlight – Angeline

August 8, 2011

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a spotlight on another blogger, so here’s Angeline Trevena.

I found Angeline’s blog because she did the Novel Films blogfest last week, but she’s also got some great posts about her passion for Camp Nanowrimo, blogfesting for inspiration, an interview about spec fiction and some funny stuff about the paradoxes of using social websites as a writer. So go check out her site!

Nine books that could become great movies.

August 3, 2011

Okay, so, for the third day of the Novel Films blogfest, I present you with a list of some of my favorite books, all science fiction and fantasy as it just so happens, that I think could make really great films – if adapted well, and the production budget was high enough. 😉

A spell for chameleon, by Piers Anthony.

Ah, the Xanth series before it got swallowed in puns.

I think that this could become a great movie if the original fantasy charm of the story gets captured. It might be hard trying to capture the land of Xanth in a live action movie or a blend of live action and CGI, but it could really do well as any variety of animation film.

The storyline is fairly simple in its core – a young man, Bink, living under a sentence of exile, goes out into the wild lands looking for the answer that might let him keep his home – and though he meets some incredible characters, he doesn’t find that answer, that unique magic, and is sent from the Kingdom of Xanth into cruel Mundania. Once there, he’s immediately captured by the exiled Evil Magician Trent determined to make his way back and take over the Kingdom. When they blunder back into the wilds of Mundania, accompanied by a woman who literally changes with the days of the month, Bink and Trent must settle on the field of honor, to determine the future of the land that they both love, in their own ways.

A Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones

Again, this is a great book, full of magic, and I could really see it being made into a great movie. Chrestomanci Castle is just crying out to be immortalized on film, along with Christopher Chant and his dressing gowns, Cat, Janet, Gwendolyn, and all the remarkable characters of this film. And talk about twists and turns, not knowing who to trust? The only thing I can see going wrong is that the final battle of magic between the Chrestomanci household and the gathering of wicked witches and necromancers could never be as amazing on screen as it is on the page.

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Adaptation Blogfest – Novels into Movies/TV shows

August 1, 2011

Okay, so I’ve signed up for the Novel Films blogfest and I cheated slightly by doing the rounds before making my own post. I got some great ideas, and I’ve also decided that I’m not going to include play to film or comic book to film adaptations in my list, but I will include novel series into TV series, just for the heck of it.

So, here are the cases where I’ve read the book and scene it:

The Princess Bride – a true classic by any standard. Of course, it helps that the author of the book, William Goldman, wrote the screenplay as well and had a lot of experience adapting other people’s books into screenplays. On his DVD commentary, he said that if people could only remember him for one thing, he wanted that to be Princess Bride-related.

A Wrinkle in Time – a surprisingly good movie version of a favorite book. I got a chance to see this at the Toronto children’s film festival, Sprockets.

Earthsea. Ugh – not the worst fantasy film I’ve ever seen, but they messed up so much of the greatness of the two source books.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – took a long time to get made into a movie, and I think it was pretty much worth the wait. Just a shame that there won’t be movie sequels.

Starship troopers – joke of a movie, for such a great novel. Sigh.

The vampire diaries – I started watching the TV series first, and then went back to read the first book in the series, which was interesting, but overall I think I like the TV version better.

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