the_islander: (revolution)
"... but I tell you that there have been times, when the mist comes down from the high moors, when I have more than half expected to see the lost Legion come marching home."


I am suffering. They made a movie of my Most Favourite Book Ever (TM). And they FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAILED!

If you don't believe me, watch this trailer.

[Spoiler alert:]
And I always thought the whole point about the book was that Esca was not Marcus' slave (at least not any more when they set out on their journey north)? That people can be friends or at least treat each other with respect even if they belong to different cultures? Or did I miss anything when I read it for like twenty times and do now have to be enlightened by some stupid Hollywood playwright? 

Besides, stupid people on the IMDB-boards - in the book there is a lovestory of sorts, just too subtle for our friends on the other side of the Atlantic, that's why they cut it out. Bet they also cut out Cub. And Marcus is so out of character even in the trailer (apart from the fact that he is - apparently - also not faking to be a Greek oculist, which basically breaks the whole logic of the plot to pieces).
Funny though that they gave the Romans American accents ;-)

No way I'm going to watch that movie.

(On the upside - it has Jamie Bell in it)

[EDIT: ] I think the director of that movie read a different book than I did. Honestly, where did you get that from:

"At the heart of it, the film is really about a son's quest to clear his father's name. Is that the way you saw it and what were some of the other themes in the movie that you were excited to play with as a director?

I guess that is really the main theme at the heart of the movie. Marcus, Tatum's character is a guy who is really taunted at school
(which school?) because everyone knows that his father humiliated Rome. (Nope. His father was merely a Centurion, not the commander of that Legion. That blame falls to someone else.) People talk about him behind his back all the time and that has turned him into an angry person. Someone who always feels that he is on the outside, which is how I saw it. Really in order, I suppose, to find out who he is and feel good about himself, he needs to find out what happened to his father. Did he die as a coward or not? What really happened to him? (NO, NO, NO, dammit. No one in the whole book ever talks about him behind his back, and he only goes running after his father when he has no other options left and is pretty much bored to death.) So that is for Marcus the through-line on the surface but we then layered in the relationship between him and Esca. That is something that has been radically changed from the book. Esca, the Jamie Bell character, exists but he is not quite the same. He becomes the slave and then he becomes this loyal servant who is loyal all the way through. There is no question of, is he going to betray him? There is no resentment from the underdog towards the superior individual. (Yes there is. Wanna have me cite pages?) So I felt that in the '50s, when the book was written, you could do that. You could have a character that is just a loyal servant and that would be a great thing. Because if you were middle class in America then (may I point out that Rosemary Sutcliff, the author of that book you're mutilating, is in fact BRITISH? And I very much doubt that it was written solely with an American audience in mind), you probably had servants and that attitude was still prevalent. Where is today with the idea of someone being from a country that has been occupied, our references immediately go to Iraq or Afghanistan. They feel resentment and like, can we trust these people? The idea that they don't want to have our culture thrust upon them and how do they feel about us being there and occupying their country. (Yes, and that is pretty much obvious in the book as well, if you only stuck to it.)
the_islander: (ladies)
I'm not feeling very well just now (probably more to come) and so I decided I'd do something to cheer me up:

100 Books I want to read next year (in no particular order)     [14/100]

  1. Walter Scott - Waverley (Bonnie Prince Charlie, YAY ^^)
  2. Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (already had a go at that one for my ZP, but never finished. Shame on me.)
  3. Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter
  4. Charles Dickens - Nicholas Nickleby
  5. John Cleland - Fanny Hill
  6. Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
  7. JRR Tolkien - Lord of the Rings (reread, obviously)
  8. Rebecca Gablé - Das zweite Königreich
  9. Rosemary Sutcliff - whichever I can lay my hands on (preferably Warrior Scarlet or Bonnie Dundee ^^)
  10. Philipp Pullman - Northern Lights (want to reread all of them)
  11. Philipp Pullman - The Subtle Knife
  12. Philipp Pullman - The Amber Spyglass
  13. RL Stevenson - The Black Arrow (never knew that book even existed before I saw it in a shop...)
  14. Joseph Eichendorff - Leben eines Taugenichts (also reread)
  15. Novalis - Heinrich von Ofterdingen
  16. Heinrich Böll - Irisches Tagebuch
  17. Schiller - Der Geisterseher
  18. Kleist - Michel Kohlhaas
  19. Büchner - Leonce und Lena & Woyzeck (because the two together are only 70 pages) 
  20. ETA Hoffmann - Lebensansichten des Katers Murr
  21. Marc Aurel - Selbstbetrachtungen
  22. Jostein Gaarder - Sopies Welt (reread, hopefully I will understand it now that I'm older and know more about philosophy)
  23. Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose (finally finish....)
  24. CS Lewis he Magician's Nephew (and the other Narnia-Books)- T
  25. TA Barron - The Lost Years of Merlin (another reread)
  26. TA Barron - The Seven Songs of Merlin
  27. TA Barron - The Fires of Merlin
  28. TA Barron - The Mirror of Merlin
  29. TA Barron - The Wings of Merlin
  30. John Polidori - The Vampyre
  31. ETA Hoffmann - Die Elixire des Teufels
  32. Thomas Mann - Der Zauberberg
  33. Brian Jacques - Redwall (and its sequels ^^)
  34. Tad Williams - Otherland 1 - City of Golden Shadow (all reread, never finished the last one)
  35. Tad Williams - Otherland 2 - River of Blue Fire
  36. Tad Williams - Otherland 3 - Mountain of Black Glass
  37. Tad Williams - Otherland 4 - Sea of Silver Light
  38. Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre (started but never finished...)
  39. Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
  40. John Bunyan - The Pilgrim's Progress (also never finished)
  41. Victor Hugo - Bug-Jargal
  42. Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
  43. Alexandre Dumas - Les Trois Musquetaires (probably won't try the French one, though...)
  44. Alexandre Dumas - Le Comte de Monte-Cristo
  45. something by George Eliott (to be decided)
  46. another Dickens (yet to be decided)
  47. Kate Fox - Watching the English
  48. Arthur Conan Doyle - The Complete Sherlock Holmes (exept Hound of the Baskervilles, reread that recently)
  49. John Toohey - Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare
  50. Harald Haarmann - Weltgeschichte der Sprachen
  51. WM Thackeray - Vanity Fair
  52. Thomas Mann - Buddenbrooks
  53. Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
  54. Heinrich Mann - Der Untertan
  55. Seth Grahame-Smith - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  56. Monica Ali - Brick Lane
  57. something by EM Forster (yet to be decided...)
  58. JJ Rousseau - Emile (Yes, you can call me crazy...)
  59. Michael Ende - Die unendliche Geschichte
  60. Rosemary Sutcliff - The Eagle of the Ninth (once again ^^)
  61. Michael Ende - Momo
  62. Astrid Lindgren - Mio mein Mio (once again)
  63. Astrid Lindgren - Ronja Räubertochter (also again)
  64. Henry Fielding - Tom Jones
  65. Patrick O'Brian - Mauritius Command (I'm already 60 pages in, but but seeing that the book has like 400 pages in total, I'll count it)
  66. Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark - How not to write a novel (only counts as half because I'm already 160 pages in)
  67. Reif Larsson - The selected works of TS Spivett
  68. unknown author - Beowulf (for my exam, but nevermind)
  69. Dan Price - How to make a journal of your life
  70. Daniel Kehlmann - Die Vermessung der Welt
  71.  


As you can see, I am nowhere near 100, so suggestions are welcome!

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