July 26th, 2007

worried mina

the dark is sinking

Good sweet Jesus.

I know I can be overly fussy about adaptations of books I love, and I know you can't always judge a film by its trailer, but bloody hell, there is absolutely no way this is going to be good. I don't know where to start - the fact that they've apparently transplanted a story firmly set in the very English countryside to America, and turned troubled Will into some sort of wise-cracking teen, and Merriman into some sort of bow-tie wearing fop? The general whiff of cheese? Seriously, this was one of the first books I ever read that genuinely scared me (there's a scene where you realise that a supposedly good character isn't good after all which chilled me to the bone when I read it first, aged about 10, curled up in a huge Victorian bed in one of my grandparents' many large spare rooms). It's one of those rare books (or sequence of books) that manages to convey a sense of very old, very serious magic, and it is totally devoid of camp or cheese. Alas, it looks like the same can't be said of the film.