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All Artemis Fowl fans have been extremely disappointed with the slow progress with the movie. The film adaption has been creeping along inch by inch, and doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Fans have nothing, no word of a cast or a release date, zilch.

Should we even be excited? From Paper to PictureWe all know Hollywood; they seem to be apt at screwing up our favourite novels, butchering them in order to attract a large audience. Why should Artemis Fowl be any different? For all we know they’ll turn Artemis into an American Teenager, Holly into a dumb blond and Mulch into a smooth-talking, gun-shooting secret agent. Wouldn’t it be more entertaining that way?

Well, all we can really do is hope that Eoin Colfer keeps the movie executives in line and helps keep Artemis Fowl as Artemis Fowl. In the meantime, let’s look at some other book to movie transitions, some that are absolute successes and others that bombed.

The most obvious example is the Harry Potter franchise. This immensely popular books series that made J.K. Rowling richer than the Queen of England is also a multi-million earning Blockbuster. So far there have been five in the series, The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, and The Order of the Phoenix. These are immensely popular, both with fans and the general public. The Goblet of Fire made headlines when it was released, topping the Titanic for the title of most expensive movie ever made. However, many true Harry Potter fans remain unsatisfied with the adaptations. In order to make it pop-friendly the producers made some changes to the beloved books. Many readers despised these. They criticized everything from the wardrobe to the missing scenes. Some of the annoyances do have credit. They cut favourite characters, such as Peeves, or important passages. And does Hermione really have to dress in American Eagle? Though, all in all, they were smash hits.

The Lord of the Rings is another series that made it to the cinema. Directed by the acclaimed Peter Jackson, this caused a big splash. People who had never even heard of The Lord of the Rings piled into theatres to see the biggest fantasy epic of all time acted out. The public loved it. Jackson stayed somewhat faithful to the books and attempted to keep in touch with their true spirit. However, major changes were done. In fact, a long running joke within the Ringer community is that Jackson’s LOTR is all but a $300M fanfic. Of course, while Tolkien purists cringed on their seats, the unsuspecting audience loved the major changes right on the get-go. Thanks to its popularity, the movie launched many actors’ careers, Orlando Bloom’s among them. It has already hit legendary status as one of the greatest fantasy film trilogies of all time.

Eragon inspired mixed feelings in the audiences. People loved the graphics, but too much was left out for the true fans. In fact, they started a petition asking the producers to remake the movie. However, Ed Speelers, the actor who played Eragon, was an absolute hit with the fangirls. 😉

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, while different than the book, was considered very well done. The next one, Prince Caspian, is coming out soon.

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising; a movie based on the book series The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper was considered a flop. Susan Cooper herself wrote the director and begged for him to change it, but to no avail. A few of the actors openly disliked the book. A Series of Unfortunate Events had its ups and downs. Fans disliked the out-of-order events and gaps in the story. However, they did enjoy the actors, and it drew many viewers who hadn’t read the book into the series.

All in all, movie versions of books haven’t been as good as, well, the books. After all, can movies ever really measure up?

As author Neil Gaiman (Stardust and Coraline) puts it,

There’s definitely part of me that thinks of a film as a two-hour-long trailer or advertisement for a book; there are certainly many books and authors I’ve loved that I would never have heard of if it hadn’t been for the film. A book is a book, a film is a film. They’re different experiences and demand different things of the reader or the viewer. I think refusing to have my books turned into films would be silly as refusing to allow theatre groups to adapt them for the stage. I don’t see it as an either/or thing. A bad film doesn’t make the book go away. Bad films tend to be forgotten, in time. A good film sends readers to the book.

Let’s just hope that Eoin Colfer has a good amount of say, and that they stay true to the book. It’s impossible to please everyone, and it’s even harder to please a small group of faithful fans. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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21 responses to “The Haven Herald.” Join in!

  1.  I’m so happy to see that out little community is still going strong, I was  getting discouraged there for a while, but  seeing such a great newsletter come out of so much adversity is really inspiring. Also I love the new comic, all and all my favorite newsletter to date. keep up the wonderful work and thanks for making me smile.~Kagoma

  2. i really liked the comic hehe
    of the reviews you’ve put this time, i liked the thief lord (i’ve read the book and seen the movie XD)
    i also liked the part about the artemis fowl movie. actually (even though i wanna watch it) i don’t look foward to it much because i will probably be disapointed… i suppose i’ll just have to wait and see 😛
    well i loved the haven herald this time too
    keep it up!!!

  3. Fully thank to all who produce HH, never give up!

  4. Wow!  Congrats to all the winners, especially Target Acquired, whom I know a bit better.Love GothicLollipop’s Avvie!Hahah.And thanks for…picking me!!Great articles, everyone who wrote them!

  5. Wow! Best issue yet! We need to create a theme about food next time. That would be great! A don’t thank a magic theme would be too good though. I loved BlackOpal’s article! I actually read it this time!

  6. ZOMG!!!

    i am back! it’s been a while since i’ve visited this site.. now i’m loving it again!

    AWESOME JOB in this, man!!! i love it!!! Wohoo!!!!

    its really fun to read!

    Man, i can’t wait for AF 6!

  7. Target Aquired May 13th, 2008 at 3:13 am 7

    Wow, guys, I’m flattered– thanks a ton! 😀

    Speaking of someone who has read and owns “The Theif Lord,” I definitely agree that it’s an awesome book. And the comic is great– if you’re reading this, iesnoth, I’m going through Netherworld withdrawl!

    -Target Aquired

    (Yes, I do know that it’s technically spelled, “acquired.” AQUIRE is actually an acronym for Aquatic Information Retrieval, and how it relates to my username, I’m not sure. But oh well; I like either)

  8. Cool! I’ve been here since december and yet this is the first time I’ve read the haven herald. I should have starting reading them early! I really liked the articule on books vs. technology seeing as I’m pretty hopeless with technology. xD

  9. Great job,guys!!!!This is why it’s so great working with you all!!!I love the articles(BlackOpal-great job)!Great comic as well.I’m surprised even though I saw The Haven Herald already!Congratulations everybody!I’m really glad our readers are happy!You guys are awesome!!!

  10. Yay! FG is back on! News has been really slow recently, but I’m glad you guys still got the Haven Herald out! Yay!

  11. Wow! This issue is awesome! Except last issue was a hundred times better. Foaly sounds OOC, I didn’t get the comic, and it wasn’t as funny as the last issue… However, I DO agree that moviemakers are substituting quality for excitement. Eragon the movie was just totally crappy.
    Tch! How long till the movie comes out already? They’re keeping adoring fans on their toes!

  12. _i_dont_get_it May 15th, 2008 at 11:57 pm 12

    That was awesome.

  13. You know, I actually READ this one (from me there is no higher praise).

  14. Actually, I’ve never read Haven Herald before.
    I think the comic is really good =D

  15. I think that was the best one I’ve read

  16. Artemis_Fowl_theSecond June 13th, 2008 at 1:01 am 16

    I’d just like to say to all of you that I love ya and that this website is my universe. I live on the art pages and love commenting. So, thanks again to all of you who have made me a much happier person.

  17. OMG my BF told me 2 come here, that this is the best I totally agree!!!!!

  18. iHEARTartemisFOWL June 22nd, 2008 at 12:39 am 18

    <3 it all!

  19. Okay, so maybe i’ve been busy and haven’t been on in over six months… >.

  20. Hi! I’m geniustkw, Singaporean AF Fan,do you need to buy HH, or how do you get it, and can I contribute, just that mine is a long 13-chapter long story.

  21. I feel so much hppaeir now I understand all this. Thanks!

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