Friday, December 24, 2004

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. LeGuin was for a long time my favorite author. I identified with her concept of the importance of names, for one thing, and just loved the way she wrote. So when SciFi channel was to air The Legend of Earthsea miniseries, I asked a friend to tape it. Alas, he had retired his VCR for a DVD player, so I missed it.

Seems I did not miss much. Ms. LeGuin is not happy with the results:
The books, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan, which were published more than 30 years ago, are about two young people finding out what their power, their freedom, and their responsibilities are. I don't know what the film is about. It's full of scenes from the story, arranged differently, in an entirely different plot, so that they make no sense. My protagonist is Ged, a boy with red-brown skin. In the film, he's a petulant white kid.


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