SPOILER ALERT: This interview talks about the following books Earth Unaware, Ender’s Game, Enchantment and Magic Street. (All by OSC; if you didn’t know) If you wish to keep clear of any spoilers do not read on or listen to the interview.
I warned you.
Back in the old days of October 16th 2012, a website named The Speculators’ Club got the chance to interview none other than our favorite author Orson Scott Card. They have posted a podcast of the interview but unfortunately it’s not embedded and only downloadable to a new window meaning I cannot post the actual interview on here but I will share the link to the post courtesy of the The Speculators’ Club.
The podcast begins with OSC talking about his expansion of the Ender verse and how he came about to write Earth Unaware. He gives a descriptive summary of Earth Unaware so, again, if you don’t want any spoilers fast forward.
He mentions that Earth Unaware is possibly going to stretch to three books, for those who haven’t heard. Also, he hints (and further corrects) that they are in development to work the story out as a TV series. As OSC says they haven’t signed with any network or have a deal for this (yet,anyway) so do not take this as an official announcement.
OSC continues with a discussion of how he projects his character development, and how he comes to create a character in his stories.
Then finally Speculator’s club brings up the burning topic that everyone would love to discuss with OSC at this point, the Ender’s Game movie! (gasp). And off the bat one thing he puts into perspective, that I believe every fan of Ender’s Game should truly engrave into their heads (especially those holding on to the idea of having every scene and detail of the book in the movie) “the actual story as written in the novel cannot be filmed.” -Orson Scott Card; author of Ender’s Game.
OSC talks about the novel’s perspective being of Ender but when outside of his head we only see his actions which label him as “a violent little kid.” Pointing out that motives are a key ingredient in this piece. This brings up the question that many have contemplated when the movie was first announced, how is director Gavin Hood going to translate the perspective of Ender Wiggin to film in a media where point of view is expressed differently in both book and film?
Card further goes on to speak about the film’s script and says that the production crew are making the “best movie they can, out of the script that they have.” Further into the interview he states that he, himself, believes that with the right techniques of the digital construction of the battle room and having the right actor playing Ender will grant the movie a good opening weekend.
As the author of the book that the film is based upon, we know OSC had visited the set while filming. He has also gone over the script, though the one in use is not his adaption, we know that he approves of the current one and approves of the actors (specifically he named Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford) and that they have a great chemistry when filming. I’ve said this with other book-to-film adaptions and it’s just the same with EG. If the author approves of the production of the filming then us fans need not worry about the films accurate translation of the book. We are getting basically a thumbs up by the creator of the story. They know the book well enough then we do to say if the director and actors are making an accurate portrayal of the novel. Let’s trust the pen master and go with the big opening weekend we all want for our favorite book to have.
Concluding the interview OSC makes some recommendations of his work. It’s suggested you should read “Enchantment” and “Magic Street”. They are independent novels that have no series. Allowing them to stand alone. Which also have it’s own disadvantages in popularity because now-a-days books with a sequel or trilogy are the bestsellers.
Now then have you had your fill of treats? Let us know your thoughts and feelings toward the interview, OSC, Earth Unaware, The Ender’s Game Film or anything not related to the interview in the comments below.