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Whitewashed Earthsea

I’m sure by now, anyone who cares has seen this article: “A Whitewashed Earthsea – How the Sci Fi Channel wrecked my books” by Ursula K. Le Guin. But there’s the link in case you missed it.

I read A Wizard of Earthsea to Xy this summer, in anticipation of the miniseries. Yet somehow I overlooked the fact, painfully obvious in retrospect, that the SciFi Channel adaptation would suck. And suck it did.

Frankly, I’m dumbfounded. They licensed a killer story, then disregarded almost everything unique and interesting about it. Why would they do that? I thought the Rings movies proved that faithful is best when you’re adapting a powerful work of the imagination.

But it was the top-rated show on cable this past Monday and Tuesday evening, so I imagine the execs at SciFi HQ are happy.

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