Ursula K. Le Guin on the Earthsea series

Ursula K. Le Guin: Earthsea:

“I’ve tried very hard to keep from saying anything at all about this production, being well aware that movies must differ in many ways from the books they’re based on, and feeling that I really had no business talking about it, since I was not included in planning it and was given no part in discussions or decisions.

That makes it particularly galling of the director to put words in my mouth.

Mr Lieberman has every right to say what his intentions were in making the film he directed, called “Earthsea.” He has no right at all to state what I intended in writing the Earthsea books.

Had “Miss Le Guin” been honestly asked to be involved in the planning of the film, she might have discussed with the film-makers what the books are about.

When I tried to suggest the unwisdom of making radical changes to characters, events, and relationships which have been familiar to hundreds of thousands of readers all over the world for over thirty years, I was sent a copy of the script and informed that production was already under way.”

Oh man. Note to self: if you decide to make a gigantic epic fantasy movie based on a beloved series of novels, either (a) wait till the author is dead, or (b) do it with her or his approval. Or (c) wait till he or she is too old to make web pages or give interviews.


(Checking out the scifi.com web site, I don’t know how much I’d enjoy the series anyway, because that cheesy-ass hollywood dude does not look like Ged. To start with, he’s all Western European looking.)