This week Entertainment Weekly features a review of the SciFi Channel’s production of Earthsea. They give it B-.
The mag also features one page spotlight an Earthsea‘s author, Ursula K. LeGuin. According to the article, LeGuin was not consulted at all during the production and was appaled that a first draft of the screenplay “missed the whole point of the book”.
As if that weren’t bad enough, on November 13th, LeGuin posted on her website a response to a SciFi Channel Magazine article with Earthsea’s director Rob Lieberman. LeGuin was offended that the director was putting words into her mouth regarding her intentions when writing the books. LeGuin feels that the movies misinterpret the books.
The article goes on to say that LeGuin dismisses young adult fiction as a fake category born out of the needs of publishers, bookselleers, and librarians even though she does not shun the demographic. “Writing for kids is a responsibility,” she says.
Earthsea premieres Monday, December 13.