Posts Tagged ‘Earthsea’


We settle down to talk about another classic work of fantasy: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series, specifically the first three novels, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore.

Also: dragons.

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In a recent episode of Folding Ideas, the paper-built host discusses the problems faced by film adaptations using the Sci-Fi channel’s adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series as an example of an adaptation gone horribly awry.  I’ve decided to steal my title from that episode. There’s no argument that Sci-Fi’s Earthsea is an abomination unto man, but thinking on that particular travesty makes me wonder whether book adaptations are really worth it all. That question came to a head when I (finally) watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last night and spent most of the running time completely baffled by the choices Peter Jackson & co. made. This touches on a conversation I’ve repeatedly had with a good friend of mine every time we wander onto the topic of the latest book-to-film, most often HBO’s Game of Thrones series.


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First things first, updates will be a bit slow on this blog since I’m currently working on a Masters Degree in History at McGill University in Montreal. Life has been hectic and the move from one side of Canada to the other has been less than smooth. Side-projects like this blog tend to fall to the wayside when you’re in the process of settling into a new city, reading a boatload of academic texts when you get there, and writing papers at an alarmingly early point in the school year.

Case in point, I meant to write this post while I was still visiting my sister in Edmonton (my midway point between Whitehorse and Montreal). While I was there I read Ursula K. Le Guin’s Tehanu, “the last book of Earthsea”—two more books were to follow, but Le Guin didn’t know that at the time. This one came a good many years after the initial Earthsea trilogy, and until now, I didn’t recommend it to others. That is, I distinctly remember not liking it as a teenager after reading the first three, to the point where I didn’t finish it.


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