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12/16/2004 Archived Entry: "Earthsea in Clorox"
Posted by CKL @ 11:41 AM PST

I recorded the Sci-Fi Channel's Legend of Earthsea miniseries, but haven't watched it yet. I'm setting my expectations even lower than before (Kristin Kreuk in a starring role? gah!) after reading the commentary by Ursula K. LeGuin, author of the books on which the miniseries was, to hear her tell it, very loosely based:

"My principal feeling about it is one of sadness, loss. An opportunity thrown away, at great expense. I'm sorry for the actors. They all tried hard. I'm sorry for the people who think they've seen Earthsea, but saw a stale, senseless rehash of bits of other fantasy films instead. I'm very sorry for my readers who tuned in thinking they were going to see a film version of my books. To you readers, I apologise. I love movies, and I did want to see an Earthsea movie, so I fell for it. I'm sorry! We'll do better next time."

I read A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness years ago, and am sorry to say I don't remember them all that well. But I was also lucky enough to do a quarter-long writing workshop with Ursula LeGuin and Pat Murphy in 1995, and I have tremendous respect for both of them. I'll probably watch the miniseries, but will definitely find and re-read the original Earthsea books.

As they say in Hollywood, the only bad publicity is no publicity.

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