There’s no better way to get my butt planted on a theater seat than the promise of a half-naked man. And there’s also no better way to make me gloss over any faults your movie may have by having that man half-naked for almost two hours.
So yes, John Carter could have used a little more trimming and a little more exposition. But did I come out of the moviehouse entertained? Of course I did! Who wouldn’t be entertained watching Taylor Kitsch jump stratospheric heights while wearing a skirt. That’s cinematic gold right there.
But this review isn’t just about the movie. Running a little over two hours, did “John Carter” manage to retain most of Edgar Rice Burrough’s “A Princess of Mars”? Or is it going to be a painful two hours for Barsoom purists?
I have to admit that I knew nothing about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom” books until I saw the first trailer for Disney’s “John Carter”.
Since I am an incredibly shallow person who bases my book purchasing decisions on the abs of the guy on the cover, I immediately sought out a copy of “A Princess of Mars” purely on the strength of a shirtless Taylor Kitsch.
Of course, that buying strategy hasn’t always worked out for me in the past. There’s the sad state of the “Fallen” books by Thomas Sniegoski that I bought a couple of years ago — they are still tragically unread.
It was a good thing this one had a movie coming out, so I had a lot of motivation to finish it. But will this be another book whose purchase I will rue? Or will Taylor Kitsch’s abs prove to be an accurate indicator of literary quality?
I don’t know about you guys, but I found 2011 to just be a very bleurgh year, to say the least. It seemed like there was just a general malaise that seemed to infect the world the past year — earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, flooding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one happy to see the back of last year.
And yeah, there’s that whole Mayan apocalypse thing that’s supposed to happen this year, but you know what? I’m going to be a freaking optimist about the whole thing. World’s going to end? Then I’m going to read ALL the books.
Here’s another trailer for Disney’s “John Carter”, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s “A Princess of Mars”. This one doesn’t look as impressive as the one released months ago, but I am always willing to shell out money for shirtless Taylor Kitsch. Also, Michael “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” Chabon wrote the script.
At around the same time that the trailer for “John Carter” made its online debut, the trailer for “Hugo” — Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning novel — was also vying for people’s eyeballs. Now it’s just been named the best film of 2011 by the National Board of Review. (Source)
Speaking of the bests of 2011, the New York Times has published its list of the 10 best books of 2011. (Source)
I’ve been an ebook denier for so long now, but I have to admit that as 2012 approaches my stance is slowly, slowly softening. Heck, even Ray Bradbury has changed his mind, finally allowing “Fahrenheit 451” to be made available as an ebook.
The above illustration by artist Kevin Bolk has gotten so popular, even The Guardian is writing about it. In case it’s not obvious what it’s about, Bolk drew the male Avengers the way Black Widow was posed in the movie’s first few promotional materials. (Source)
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez wins a 17-year legal fight centered around his novel, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. The other man in the fight, Miguel Reyes Palencia, says that the character of Bayardo San Roman was based on him and that he deserved co-author credits as well as 50 percent of the book’s royalties. (Source)
Check out new images from “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows” over at Cinemablend! (Source)
In “Ender’s Game” news, Filipino-American actress Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to be part of the film adaptation’s cast. (Source)
Christopher Meloni, famous for his butt scenes in “Oz”, is apparently interested in being part of the fifth season of “True Blood”. If any more hot guys join that show I am going to have to buy an HD TV. (Source)
Known beautiful man and maybe gay Ben Whishaw is set to play Q in the newest Bond movie, “Skyfall”. And in case you have no idea what he looks like, check the pics under the cut! (Source)
It’s been a busy week for me since the “Deathly Hallows” premiere, with interviews left and right as well as a few hectic days at the office as well. Nothing to complain about, but it hasn’t really been making it easy for me to take off a few books from my “to-read” pile. Hopefully, I can blog about a couple of books by next week.
In the meantime, enjoy this week’s selection of book news!
With “Harry Potter” over for the time being — there’s still Pottermore, after all — people are looking to J.K. Rowling and what she has in store for the rest of the world. Rowling isn’t say much, though, other than that she is “working hard” on it. Here’s to hoping that she doesn’t end up like A.A. Milne. (Source)
There’s an interesting post over at Jezebel about the women in the Harry Potter universe, how empowered most of them are, and a little bit of speculation about what it could mean for future YA franchises in books and movies. There’s also a lot of healthy and interesting discussion in the comments section, so be sure to check it out! (Source)
To be quite honest, I have no idea what exactly Digital Adaptations is all about, and the interview with its executive producer over at Kotaku hasn’t exactly made things clearer for me either. From what I can understand, they’re adapting books to look a little like Microsoft Encarta’s Mindmaze and a little like those Flash games where you look for stuff hidden in backgrounds. I don’t know if that’s going to be terribly exciting, but I’m willing to see what they come up with. (Source)
Oxford University shelled out $1.6 million for 68-pages of an unfinished Jane Austen manuscript. It was supposed to be 80 pages, but the first 12 pages are already owned by the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. (Source, Source)
My birthday is in a few months, so would anybody be interested in gifting me with the pretty little book you can see on the right? It sounds like a lot of fun. I quote:
“The Elements of Style was first published in 1918. Think about that for a moment. In 1918, gay meant happy, opium derivatives were prescribed for headaches, and top hats and monocles were un-ironic fashion choices.”
Finally, trailers for upcoming book to movie adaptations. The first one is Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo“, an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret“. Young stars Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz will be acting alongside Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, and Helen McCrory.
I haven’t read the book, so I don’t know how faithful it is. Looks interesting!
This second one is for “John Carter“, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs “A Princess of Mars“. It stars TaylorKitsch, which is all the reason I need, frankly. But to find out that the script is by Michael Chabon? Michael “The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” Chabon? I WILL BE FIRST IN LINE.
Will I pay P300 to see Taylor Kitsch in various states of undress? You bet.
I’m a twentysomething who loves reading books, whether they’re good or bad. I started out stealing books; now I review them.