Re: Casting for LotR
- On Wed, 30 Jun 1999, Joan Marie Verba wrote:
> I, too, would prefer that the script be as close as possible to theI have the oppsite opinion. I'd rather Peter Jackson takes what liberties
> original, but it does not appear that this will happen, and it will not
> necessarily mean that the movie will be a failure.
he needs to make a good movie, rather than remain utterly faithful to the
book. What makes the book great is the totality of the work: plot, prose,
verse, character, background, etc. In translating it to the screen,
certain elements of this totality will be lost automatically. It doesn't
make sense to try recreate what is left precisely, because it will end up
seeming like an empty and unsatisfying shadow.
Peter Jackson, as the author of the -film-, has the ability to add his own
unique dynamic to the story of the Lord of the Rings. I know, I know,
some people will be offended by what he does, and tear out their hair at
the changes he made from their "sacred text". But this is a process that
has been going on for millenia in storytelling. How many times has the
Arthurian legend been retold, by how many different authors? True, LOTR
is a bit different, not being a myth or legend of indeterminate origin,
but I think that it is the natural inclination of storytellers to say to
themselves, "That's a great story; here's how I'd tell it".
I do hope, however, that Jackson doesn't change things so much that they
feel the need to write a new novelization of the movie. :)
Staci Ann Dumoski Phantastes
Editor and Publisher "The Fantasy Writer's Guide"
- Hear, hear Mary! That's a fine term. Who made the rules that say
you're not a Star Trek fan if you don't dress like a Klingon and go to
all the conventions? Or that you're not a true Star Wars fan if you
didn't camp out to get tickets to "Phantom Menace", or at least get to
see it during the first week? (I did neither - but I am a Star Wars
Another "moderate Trekkie & Star Wars fan",
> From: Stolzi@...
> In a message dated 6/28/99 4:53:32 PM Central Daylight Time, FrMacKen@...
> > An addendum: I think that my Star Trek jibe in a previous letter about the
> > "Ears" controversy went unnoticed. We must not have any Trekkies in this
> > group!
> Oh no, I saw it, just didn't have any particular comment.
> I consider myself a "moderate Trekkie," if there is such a beast.
> Mary S