Sunday, October 2, 2011

Follow Friday - Thirty-Three Was Larry Bird's Number

So I'm a little late with this post, but I'm still in the time limit Parajunkee has established for linking to her Follow Friday page, so I'm going to do it anyway. This means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - The Bookaholic and Starcrossed.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

It would probably be impossible to make into a movie, but I would love to see a film adaptation of Gene Wolfe's four part Book of the New Sun (The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor, and The Citadel of the Autarch). There's no way it could be done in a single movie - it would probably take at least four movies to make it work - and it is such a strange combination of science fiction and fantasy elements with healthy dollops of religion and philosophy ladled on that it would probably be almost incomprehensible to anyone who hadn't read the books. Even so, I would love to see this film series, although I'd probably be one of a handful of people in the theater.

This leaves the question of who should play Severian, the brooding and unhandsome central character of the story. And he is also the unreliable narrator of the story (another thing that probably makes the books more or less unfilmable). Severian is going to be tough to cast - he has to be strong and imposing, but any of the modern crop of musclebound action heroes that come to my mind would be hilariously miscast in the role. Especially since whoever plays Severian has to essentially carry the entire story, so he has to be someone whose action you won't get tired of watching for ten hours or so. I'm going to go to left field and say I'd like to see Eric Schweig play the role of Severian, based mostly upon his performance as Uncas in the 1992 film adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans.

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  1. Yeah, if they could find a look-alike actor! Eric Schweig was perfect as Uncas - couldn't take my eyes off him.

  2. @Julia Rachel Barrett: As far as I know Schweig is still around, he's just in his forties now. A little age would probably work for Severian, to give the character some of the gravitas he needs.