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For the love of God and all that is holy, stop making the books that I love into movies!!!

Worst. Film. Adaptation. Ever.

Dear Mr. Peter Jackson,

I would just like to start off by saying that I love your adaptations of the Lord of the Rings, and I am eagerly awaiting The Hobbit. With that being said, I’d like to ask you a question and then a favor. The question: Why oh why does Hollywood destroy everything that I love? It keeps building up my hopes of something equal to your adaptations and only ends up breaking my heart. Here’s a rough list of what has caused me intense emotional/literary scarring in the past few years:

*All of the Chronicles of Narnia movies

*The Golden Compass

*Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

*The Last Airbender

*The Legend of the Seeker

These movies started off with broad fan bases, excellent plots and casts of characters, and high levels of interest. They get huge budgets and stellar actors. They then flush it all down the toilet by trying to please a very broad, general American audience by changing things, which doesn’t actually help the non-fans understand the plot any better and only pisses off the real fans. All of this ends up with no one liking the film and ensuring that the rest of the trilogy remains in book form.

Now for the favor. I can think of three ways that you could potentially help this disease of Hollywood.

1.) Direct everything of any literature value or importance because you’re amazing and true to the source.

2.) Convince the big wigs of the industry to let Joss Whedon have total creative freedom and have him help you with all of the good adaptations.

3.) Teach other directors with potential how to research and create a script that doesn’t piss off the existing fan base.

Do you think that you could have any influence on the shocking state of nerd culture in Hollywood? Or at least, book/literature nerd culture? The only adaptations that don’t leave me crying and seeking professional help seem to be the graphic novel films, but I suppose that’s because the idiots who write screenplays already essentially have a storyboard in front of them. Thank you very much Mr. Jackson.


A lit nerd

Sword of Truth

Richard holding the Sword of Truth

I remember being in either 8th or 9th grade when I began to read the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Not sure of the date, but I distinctly remember the place. Mom and I had been up to Goshen, IN for some reason or another and had hauled something because the two back rows of seats in her minivan were missing. I remember sprawling out on a blanket in the back while we were driving back down to Indianapolis. It was on that trip home, in the back of a van, at night, probably going 80 mph, when I first met Richard. At first, I was almost put off by the name. Weren’t characters in fantasy stories supposed to have flashy made-up names? Nope, here was plan old Richard. Well, little did I know then, but those books would become some of my all time favorites, and Richard would become my hero.

I have several heroes though and that’s probably why I’ll never really be happy with just any mere mortal man. I’m in love with Richard, the war wizard, the Seeker of Truth, the Lord Rahl, husband to the Mother Confessor, and the savior of the world of Magic; Louis, the intelligent, brooding, existential vampire; Gwydion, the lover, warrior, and leader of the Serendair refugees; and George, the streetwise King of Thieves. How is any mortal man ever supposed to compare to these handsome heroic figures? But this is really another rant for another post…

Sorry that I let my love for Richard take us on that little tangent. I just finished the Sword of Truth series last night, and I am STILL floored by the ending. I mean WOW. Goodkind can sure weave a good yarn. There were places in the middle of the series *cough cough Pillars of Creation cough cough* that annoyed me, and I could barely get through them, but oh, Goodkind made up for all the boring middle bits in the last three books. He tied everything together. I mean, things he hadn’t mentioned since the first book (and there are 11 total books btw) were brought back in the last three books, and it was so amazing. It felt like it had been planned all along. Most of the time, I hate it when all the problems get solved; it makes everything seem too perfect and too unrealistic *cough Breaking Dawn hack die*. But WOW, everything fit and made sense. I almost feel silly for not thinking of it myself.

I have a love/hate relationship with the philosophy in the books though. I really appreciate that it’s there, and I like everything that Goodkind is saying, it’s just that I wish he would be a little more subtle about it. I mean, Faith of the Fallen gets annoying with “Communism bad. Capitalism good.” over and over and over and over again. And then there are parts that just melt my heart and I forgive Goodkind for being so repetitive:

“It means only one thing, and everything: cut. Once committed to fight, cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut.”
His words chilled her to the bone as he went on.
“The lines are a portrayal of the dance. Cut from the void, not from bewilderment. Cut the enemy as quickly and directly as possible. Cut with certainty. Cut decisively, resolutely. Cut into his strength. Flow through the gaps in his guard. Cut him. Cut him down utterly. Don’t allow him a breath. Crush him. Cut him without mercy to the depths of his spirit.
“It is the balance of life: death. It is the dance with death.
“It is the law a war wizard lives by, or he dies.”

And then he annoys me again. What I REALLY hate in fantasy series though is when they include the same descriptions of things in the later books. Ok, I KNOW how the People’s Palace looks by book 6, STOP DESCRIBING IT IN FULL DETAIL. If people haven’t read the other books, then they SHOULD be lost. I’m never going to do that as a writer. If people want to read my series and understand it then they have to read the whole damn thing, not start in the middle. Gosh. SO frustrating.

Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series (missing the last book)

Basically, I’m just gushing about this series. It’s one of my favorites and definitely upholds the epic tradition that Homer began. The first book is titled Wizards First RuleREAD IT!!! It’s absolutely amazing.

Oh, and even though “The Legend of the Seeker” LOOKS pretty, it’s a complete and totally blasphemy against this amazing series, and Terry Goodkind should be ashamed of himself for allowing the Sci-Fi channel to make a horrible TV series out of his novels.