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Old 05-27-2009, 06:44 PM
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Default What fantasy novel/series of novels would you like to see as a major motion picture?

For me, it's hands down Fred Saberhagen's original "Book Of Swords" trilogy.



THE SONG OF SWORDS


Who holds Coinspinner knows good odds
Whichever move he make
But the Sword of Chance, to please the gods
Slips from him like a snake.


The Sword of Justice balances the pans
Of right and wrong, and foul and fair.
Eye for an eye, Doomgiver scans
The fate of all folk everywhere.


Dragonslicer, Dragonslicer, how d'you slay?
Reaching for the heart in behind the scales.
Dragonslicer, Dragonslicer, where do you stay?
In the belly of the giant that my blade impales.


Farslayer howls across the world
For thy heart, for thy heart, who hast wronged me!
Vengeance is his who casts the blade
Yet he will in the end no triumph see.


Whose flesh the Sword of Mercy hurts has drawn no breath;
Whose soul it heals has wandered in the night,
Has paid the summing of all debts in death
Has turned to see returning light.


The Mindsword spun in the dawn's gray light
And men and demons knelt down before.
The Mindsword flashed in the midday bright
Gods joined the dance, and the march to war.
It spun in the twilight dim as well
And gods and men marched off to hell.


I shatter Swords and splinter spears;
None stands to Shieldbreaker.
My point's the fount of orphans' tears
My edge the widowmaker.


The Sword of Stealth is given to
One lonely and despised.
Sightblinder's gifts: his eyes are keen
His nature is disguised.


The Tyrant's Blade no blood hath spilled
But doth the spirit carve
Soulcutter hath no body killed
But many left to starve.


The Sword of Siege struck a hammer's blow
With a crash, and a smash, and a tumbled wall.
Stonecutter laid a castle low
With a groan, and a roar, and a tower's fall.


Long roads the Sword of Fury makes
Hard walls it builds around the soft
The fighter who Townsaver takes
Can bid farewell to home and croft.


Who holds Wayfinder finds good roads
Its master's step is brisk.
The Sword of Wisdom lightens loads
But adds unto their risk.
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Anything by Michael Moorcock particularly-
the Elric of Melnibone series
The Eternal Champion
the Jherek Carnelian trilogy
the Dancer at the End Of Time books
Behold the Man which is probably too subversive of religion to get studio support, it would have to be an indy
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My goodness, every time I read a Moorcock book I wanted to sit in a dark closet and eat sleeping pills. Don't get me wrong, he's a master of the craft. I just like more kittens and rainbows in my books....

I'd like to see the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander put on film. 5 books, not too many special effects; why hasn't anyone? I figured if they did Narnia they'd do Prydain...
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My goodness, every time I read a Moorcock book I wanted to sit in a dark closet and eat sleeping pills. Don't get me wrong, he's a master of the craft. I just like more kittens and rainbows in my books....

I'd like to see the Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander put on film. 5 books, not too many special effects; why hasn't anyone? I figured if they did Narnia they'd do Prydain...
Well, Elric was the original, and I do mean ORIGINAL anti-hero. The Elric books are dark and then darker and then black as pitch. You could smoke a pipe with Gandalf or Frodo, Tear a piece of meat off the bone and take a swig of Nemedian wine with Conan, even have a good time hanging out in Ankh-Morpork, but you wouldn't want to be anywhere near Elric, not even if you were his best friend or most loyal companion. You'd always end up having your soul sucked out by that dastardly black pig-sticker.

P.S.: Disney tried to do the Lloyd Alexander stuff and messed it up BAD! I woulnd't want to see the Taran of Caer Dallben stuff unless it was given a proper budget and people to play those parts that could actually act. Eilonwy is a terribly important, crucial, pivotal character and she has to be endearing, confusing and caring all at the same time. You don't dare let half hearted actors play those parts like milksops, they'd have to do it like it was real. God how I loved those Lloyd Alexander books! I cried at the end of "The High King". And I'm not even a sensitive person.
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"Girl Genius" by Phil and Kaja Foglio
"Ringworld" by Larry Niven
"Blood Music" by Greg Bear
"Black Destroyer" and the other Space Beagle tales by A.E. Van Vogt
"Illegal Aliens" by Phil Foglio and Nick Pollotto.
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"Girl Genius" by Phil and Kaja Foglio
"Ringworld" by Larry Niven
"Blood Music" by Greg Bear
"Black Destroyer" and the other Space Beagle tales by A.E. Van Vogt
"Illegal Aliens" by Phil Foglio and Nick Pollotto.

"Ringworld", excellent choice. I wish they'd do Niven's "The Patchwork Girl" as well. Gotta find that arch.
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Fantasy, I would love to see some of the more epic Dresden Files brought to life on the big screen. War between the Summer Fae and the Winter Fae with a few scraggly modern-day mortals and mages caught in the middle? Lord yes.

What I'd really like to see, although it's sci-fi, is one of Peter Hamilton's series. Night's Dawn, maybe. Galaxy-spanning space opera, like Star Wars with an understanding of how things would probably be hundreds of years into the future.
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My goodness, every time I read a Moorcock book I wanted to sit in a dark closet and eat sleeping pills. Don't get me wrong, he's a master of the craft. I just like more kittens and rainbows in my books....
Hey Jer, just face the darkness, walk through it, then turn around and say "Hey where'd I put my sleeping pills?" Or whatever it was they said in Dune.
As to kittens and rainbows

I keed! I keed! Actually I'm a cat person. And my favorite novel is Gravity's Rainbow. So there!

And Jer have you ever read his Gloriana: the Unfulfill'd Queen?
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Well, Elric was the original, and I do mean ORIGINAL anti-hero. The Elric books are dark and then darker and then black as pitch. You could smoke a pipe with Gandalf or Frodo, Tear a piece of meat off the bone and take a swig of Nemedian wine with Conan, even have a good time hanging out in Ankh-Morpork, but you wouldn't want to be anywhere near Elric, not even if you were his best friend or most loyal companion. You'd always end up having your soul sucked out by that dastardly black pig-sticker.
That was one awesome effin pig-sticker, Stormbringer is.
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I loved Gloriana, because it was dark in just the right way, n'est pas? Besides, I get in touch with my dark side via serial killers and World War 2. (Themes which usually have happy endings after all the darkness.)
That stupid sword... I can't even remember why he kept it. Just like a man. Or was he an elf?
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I loved Gloriana, because it was dark in just the right way, n'est pas? Besides, I get in touch with my dark side via serial killers and World War 2. (Themes which usually have happy endings after all the darkness.)
That stupid sword... I can't even remember why he kept it. Just like a man. Or was he an elf?
In just the right way, n'est pas indeed.

That 'stupid' sword, the awesome and mighty ( and evil and chaotic) Stormbringer is the source of Elric's strength. Without it the albino is so weak that he sometimes can't get out of bed or a chair. He both hates and needs the thing though. Talk about conflict. He needs an evil soul-stealing weapon to survive and rule his kingdom of Melnibone', as is his noble duty and onus. Better him than me.

I used to envision a big screen version of Elric starring David Bowie. He would've been perfect! A bit long in the tooth for the role now though.
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