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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.

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leedy
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
OH NO WRONG WRONG WRONG.
stellanova
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
it's so awful! Will couldn't be more inappropriate. What were they thinking?

I have such a strong memory of reading that book down in Kells, it's really weird. I think it was on a Christmas visit, and I was in the room down the end of the landing, the one with the door into the back storeroom, and I had such a sense of being very small in a big house with a huge scary garden outside in the middle of winter, which made the whole thing even spookier.
kristamm
Jul. 26th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
He's really so shockingly wrong, in looks alone. I can't decide if the appropriate response to that trailer is to cry or vomit.

I'm going to have to read the entire series again to get that bad taste out of my mouth.
birdsflying
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
it's um, still set in the UK. Just a very odd UK..with malls. But the stantons are now american. and I got about as far into the trailer as "Will stanton had a pretty ordinary life" before my hand involuntarily closed the tab.

URGH.
clanwilliam
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Ecclestone is playing the Rider, which is some consolation, except for the fact that he's wearing feathers.

Ian McShane as Merriman? *boggle*

I saw the trailer and wept.

The Dark Is Rising is a superb book and amazingly evocative. Looks like they've killed all that now.
wyvernfriend
Jul. 26th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
The only good thing at the moment about all this is that somewhere I saw a boxed set of hardbacks of the sequence (which I can't find again) and the complete set in a single hardback.

When I saw the Narnia trailer I felt a warm fuzzy (the film didn't quite live up to that warmth but it wasn't bad) but this is wrong for various definitions of wrong, most of which are stomping on my childhood.
poison_penny
Jul. 26th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
I can't quite bear to look at the trailer, because I absolutely loved the whole sequence of books as a child (I complained about this adaptation on my lj a few months back and have been dreading when it came out). I was hoping that Eccleston would make a really good Rider though. Also, at nine/ten I had a crush on the eleven year old Will (dark hair + sensitive personality = prototype of my literary loves) so boo to him being a wise-cracking American.
I hate it when books I love get turned in to rubbish adaptations (like the Scifi/Earthsea travesty a year or two ago).
dorianegray
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
I refuse to even look at that trailer. I've been hearing about this horror for the last six months, and reading the blurb on the film's website was more than enough pain.

Gah.
theodicy
Jul. 26th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the word on the street about this one is FEH. Or maybe it was PTOOEY. I was too busy fleeing and screaming.

therealjo
Jul. 26th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
You're so right. This is going to be appalling. It's got Lovejoy in it for a start.

*shudder*
glitterboy1
Jul. 26th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Noooooo! This is just wrong.

If they're going to do that with it, why even bother to use the book in the first place??
spookycat50
Jul. 26th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, that really makes me sad. When I first heard they had made the film, I was so excited--I loved the books and still own them. But this is the first trailer I've seen for the film and I'm feeling a bit angry with the film makers.
Why are they messing with such a great story?
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