Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Hollywood Adaptation

If I still read Slate regularly, I might not have missed Ursula K. LeGuin's article, "A Whitewashed Earthsea", when it was first published on that site.

I'd considered watching the Sci Fi Channel miniseries based on LeGuin's Earthsea books (the first of which was actually assigned reading in 7th grade). After reading this article I'm glad I get to keep my version of the books uncorrupted in my imagination. Not only does LeGuin mention what it's like as an author to have no input into an adaptation of your work, she goes on to discuss how the adaptation utterly ignores the races of her characters, instead opting for a nearly all-white cast.

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