Yesterday I posted Christopher Tolkien’s scathing criticism of Peter Jackson’s film based on his father’s Lord of the Rings: “They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25.”
Shortly afterwards, Andrew Porter sent me a link to Flavorwire’s ”Authors’ Funniest Responses to the Film Adaptations of Their Work” with irate quotes from Alan Moore, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin, Richard Matheson and Anne Rice about Hollywood’s misuse of their texts.
Ellison’s vituperative, insightful raging deserves to be read at full length. But here is an appetizer, Alan Moore’s thoughts about Watchmen:
“I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying. It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The Watchmen film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can’t we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change.”
Not every writer dislikes the screen version of his story. In fact, Frank Herbert was just about the only person in the field happy with the movie made from Dune.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]