Christmas and Smaug

So Christmas has come and gone in the Owton household; we survived, the goose didn’t. The horde of nieces and nephews got fed, too much was drunk and Southampton managed a fine win at Cardiff.

I went to see the second Hobbit film tonight. I had heard a lot about The Desolation of Smaug, how stacks of the story weren’t to be found in the original book or in The Unfinished Tales. Well yes, its true that much of the film’s action is not in the books but you know what? I don’t care. Because it was fun! Books and films are different media; what works well for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other, and if it gets people to read the original book then I’m all for it.

Speaking of books that will be films, I recently posted my Goodreads review of ‘Queen of the Tearling’, a proof copy of which I picked up at World Fantasy. Reading some of the other reviews, it appears that the movie deal is imminent and Emma Watson is allegedly signed up (though the book makes a point of describing the Queen as plain, hardly the case with Ms Watson).  I thought this was a very average book, indeed there are many better, including my own (as yet unpublished) fantasy adventure, but I can see how it could make a good movie in the hands of talented screenwriter. The bones of the story are there. Sometimes it is not the great book that makes the great film.   

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