Welcome, fellow bloghoppers! You're looking at the personal blog of S.J. Bell, independent author. My first book, Bonds of Fenris, is coming out May 7th, and reviews are starting to show up around the blogosphere. Yesterday, I linked a number of early reviews. I saw The Hunger Games film a few days ago, and I'll post some thoughts on it sometime next week. And just to remind you, there are still ARCs of Bonds of Fenris available for book bloggers. So, if you're interested, my e-mail's right there on the sidebar!
I also have a review blog, Lupines and Lunatics. Latest review is Promise of the Wolves.
This week's ice-breaker for Feature & Follow:
"What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?"
Kitty Norville, because it wouldn't work as a movie. The structure of the storytelling makes it much better suited to a TV series. But really, I think it's a mistake to think of a movie as an extension of the book. Thinking like that gives us adaptations like The Golden Compass, so obsessed with putting the big scenes and moments on screen they forget about the story thread that connects them. A proper adaptation is more of a retelling, like how Mallory's Morte d'Arthur took the old french Arthurian romances and repurposed them for contemporary British sensibilities. An adaptation, in other words, does not have to live up to the book. It has to live up to the story.
This week's ice-breaker for TGIF @ GReads:
"If you could read a book about any song, which song would you love to see written down in story form?"
When you think about it, isn't this the same question as above? A song, after all, is a story in itself. Some are more overtly narrative than others, but all of them tell a story. And you can adapt a story from one medium to another, but to do so you have to not be bound by the original text. I can't come up with an answer to this, but I'd be interested in how three to five minutes of music translates into 200+ pages. You need to expand a lot.
Of course, on the other hand, many of our earliest stories were also songs. Iliad and Odyssey, for example, are in verse because they're meant to be sung.