Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Applying the Marvel model to WoT

One of the more interesting topics discussed in the [url=https://www.facebook.com/groups/1037086989698838/permalink/1068849139855956/]Facebook group[/url]...

How would people feel if, instead of just doing the TV show, movies based on various parts of the books were made to compliment the series? This would be similar to the way the Marvel Universe now switches between "Agents of SHIELD" and the various movies.

[quote author=Haeva Stone on September 08, 2016, 11:43:00 AM]
I think that would be a terrific idea. There's lots of bits and pieces that might have to be cut from the series, but this kind of format could ensure that more was kept in and therefore keep more current fans happier.

I think varying the format in this way would probably keep interest high, as well, especially if some of the sub-plots that would fit a film could be tweaked in terms of chronology. It would be really interesting to see how the pacing would be handled.
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[quote author=Arion on September 24, 2016, 04:43:50 PM]
I hope they will make a movie of "New Spring" and then the series of the other books :D
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[quote author=Illinger Covale'rahien on September 24, 2016, 11:25:25 PM]
Chronologically, this might seem to make sense. But keep in mind, we don't really have an emotional attachment to Moiraine prior to the events in the earlier books. So in order to make that work, they would have to write in a lot more and build her as the main character, which of course she is not.

If we're staying with the Marvel model, Moiraine is basically Peggy Carter in that way. So, a miniseries for "New Spring" would make more sense to me.
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[quote author=Haeva Stone on September 25, 2016, 01:47:29 PM]
I have very mixed feelings about New Spring. I can't remember exactly when I read it in relation to the rest of the series, so what I previously knew about Moiraine and Lan obviously had their effect. I loved that we got more detail about the life of an Accepted in the Tower, the hierarchy and how Aes Sedai were viewed in the world. Also, having been effectively cloistered, how a new Aes Sedai coped with her new status and life.

However, I find it a slow-paced book that I don't feel would adapt very well. I also feel it is very 'unfinished' and in that way unsatisfying on its own. I've often felt this was part I of a single prequel and the details of Tam al'Thor in the wars and finding Rand on Dragonmount &c. would have been an excellent part II. (I know that was more-or-less the plan, with a third taking us to just prior to EotW). But I think it would be a huge risk to launch a WoT series with New Spring, IMHO.
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