In partnership with the new fiction publishing platform Liberty Island, PJ Lifestyle is going to begin promoting and co-hosting a series of debates and discussions about popular culture. The goal is to figure out what works and what doesn’t so that in the future we can promote and create better fiction and culture of our own. These are public brainstorming sessions for writers and culture advocates interested in developing a more vibrant popular culture. You’re invited to submit your answers to any of these questions — or a related one of your own! — that interests you:
A) in the comments
C) at your blog, then let us know in the comments or via email.
The most interesting answers may be linked, cross-posted, or published at PJ Lifestyle.
Also check out the previous weeks’ writing prompts and email in your thoughts on any questions that strike your fancy: 5 Questions So We Can Figure Out the Cream of the Crop In Popular Music Genres, 5 Geek Questions To Provoke Debates About the Future of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, 5 Controversial Questions To Inspire Spirited Debates About Music.
1. Which Science Fiction Novels Should Be Made into Films and TV Miniseries?
And which previously adapted works failed to receive the treatment they deserved? What needs a remake?
In regard to a new debate, here’s one – Science Fiction novels that should be made into movies/TV Miniseries, but never have been. In that regard, I’d throw out there Jerry Pournelle/Larry Niven’s Mote in God’s Eye. As a second choice, I’d mention Roger Zelazny’s 9 Princes in Amber.
Patrick Richardson: The New Human Wave in Science Fiction Literature
Book Plug Friday with Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin: Future Shock
Walter Hudson: Is Man of Steel the Year’s Best Sci-Fi Film?
Chris Queen: John Carter: Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi Leaps to Life
Updates from Tuesday, May 27:
From Sandy C via email:
Be made into a movie?
I think that Rebirth (or the original English title The Chrysalids) would be a good movie. Have thought so since I first read in the 1950’s. I enjoy it every time I read it. Thanks for letting me voice my input.
From Brian M via email:
I would love to see the Stainless Steel Rat brought to life, think it would be fun and proper adult sci fi shows are hard to come by.
Also would like to see the Papa Schimmelhorn series by Reginal Bretnor. He was Douglas Adams before Douglas Adams, but ruder and bawdier.
Slightly more serious one would be an adaptation of the Culture novels by the late and much missed I M Banks. Consider Pheblas is ready made for it!
The Gray Prince by Jack Vance. Great conservative novel that refutes some of today’s most bogus issues. Other Jack Vance novels would make great movies, too, but his series novels would be too tempting for Hollywood to screw up. Of course, what isn’t?
2. Lord of the Rings Vs. Harry Potter: Which Film Series Better Captured their Books’ Spirit?
Dave Swindle: Harry Potter Is Better Than Star Wars and Star Trek
Hannah Sternberg: 4 Keys to Harry Potter‘s Success Missing From J.K. Rowling’s New Book
Roger Kimball: Harry Potter and the Deathly Shallows
Chris Queen: Sean Astin Opens Up About His Faith
3. What Are the 10 Most Disastrous Comic Book Adaptations?
Do some characters and concepts just work better on the printed page? Are some characters more difficult to adapt then others? Are some characters just too weak to make it on screen?
4. Is It Better To Adapt Books as Netflix Shows and TV Mini-Series Instead of Films?
Is it time to retire the idea of trying to tell complex novels and comic series in 90-150 minutes of screen time?
Allen Mitchum: How Netflix Made Watching TV Like Reading a Novel
Would Watchmen have been better as a miniseries?
5. Which Video Games Should Be Adapted Into Films or TV Shows?
Does a much-maligned source of movies actually contain some overlooked stories and memorable characters who could work?