Thursday, February 14, 2013

TV Adaptation of Reamde?

The Mary Sue reports that Neal Stephenson's most recent tome, Reamde, will be adapted for television for Fox.

Soon to be "Watcmhe."

Now, there's a little part of my writerly self that rolls its eyes whenever a fuss is made over a screen adaptation of a perfectly good novel. As if every book is really the kernel of a series (or movie) encased in a pulpy fruit of prose. As if a written work hasn't really come into its own until someone has chopped it, shot it, and blown it up on screen.

Then again, there's another (larger) part of me that is excited to have another way to experience a work of fiction I've loved and a means to share it with friends who won't be talked into a 1,000-page book. It's also fun to root for the writers, who often gain wider recognition and (hopefully) a nice royalty stream. Good for them.

Reamde has a small nation's worth of major and minor characters, so it will be interesting to see how the developers accomodate all of the storylines. It will also be interesting to see how many seasons they can stretch this into. Since, y'know, A Song of Ice and Fire gets one (two, tops) ten-episode seasons for every 1,000 pages.

If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend changing that state of affairs pronto.

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