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The Dark has fallen flat

I loved Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising series when I was an adolescent. It was one of those rare books that seem to alter your vision and internal narrative while you read them, so strongly do they convey a series of moments and a point of view. Once when I was miserable in college I snuck away for a day to the local city library and read the first book. The familiar myth was exactly the comfort I needed.

So I was sorry to read my first review of the movie and learn that, Christopher Eccleston notwithstanding, it's apparently terrible.

I usually avoid film versions of books that mean/meant a lot to me -- that's why I haven't seen Narnia, despite it getting actual good reviews -- and this seems like the obvious example of why.



Oct. 8th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Funny, I wasn't worried at all about Hitchhiker's, and I'm definitely fond of that. It might be partly the age I was when I first encountered it, partly the tone of the work, and partly that I was very aware of Douglas Adams as a real person who was writing it (and having a hard time doing so.) Plus, it was popular. The Dark Is Rising and to a lesser extent, Narnia, felt like personal discoveries, secret adventures. Hitchhiker's didn't. It was something that lots of people I knew were sharing in.
Oct. 8th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
That makes sense to me. The Narnia series is so deeply personal to me -- I adore Adams, but I feel like I'm sharing him with the world in a way I don't with Narnia. It's mine, regardless of how many other people have read it.