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Mortal Engines book to movie

 

The cinematographic adaptation of the Mortal Engines saga by Philip Reeve is now a reality. In this case, the first film is based on the first novel.  There is still a lot of story to tell, as there are still three books that will surely make reference in the next movies.

The actress Hera Hilmar and the actor Robert Sheehan, will carry out the role of protagonists in this novel of steampunk thematic. If you still don’t know the plot of the series, you have to know that Mortal Engines is set in a post-apocalyptic universe and it’s part of the fantastic and adventure genre. The film tells the story of how two of the main characters end up crossing their paths in a ruthless world. A dangerous fugitive, played by Hera, and a surviving orphan, Robert Sheeran, are two young people quite opposed in terms of ideas but the circumstances of the moment and the desire to survive in a hostile environment, where cities have literally become predators, make them join forces to change the future.

Book-to-film adaptation

One of the main responsible for this book series adaptation to the world of cinema is one of its producers, Peter Jackson. The well-known film director is a great fan of the saga and wanted to bring his own version to the big screen. You might have noticed I refer this movie as a version, this is because the film is not entirely faithful to the saga. Not in plot terms, which it tries to maintain the same essence, but it has some changes that for the most demanding readers will not go unnoticed.

To begin with, the main characters are older than in the books. While in the novel they were young teenagers, in the cinema, we have somewhat older actors. In this way, the novel also grows in terms of maturity is concerned. Despite maintaining the same plot, you do notice the darkest atmosphere.  Having said this, it is obvious that the movies are aimed at a much more adult audience than the books.

Just for a better understanding, in 2002 this saga won The Gold award in Nestlé Children’s Book Prize (set of annual awards for British children’s books that ran from 1985 to 2007 according to Wikipedia)  in nine to eleven years old category. So yes, this book audience was originally for young teenagers, while the movies will be addressed to a more adult audience.

The success of Mortal Engines

Taking Mortal Engines to the cinema is not an easy feat.  This saga has so many awards that have made it one of the best in terms of children’s fiction novels, a lot of responsibility for the director and the producers.

Knowing how to convey all the magic that has made it worthy of these awards to, as we have said, a more adult world, is a rather complicated task that has turned Mortal Engines into a film with many expectations.

At the moment the producers are cautious about new releases.  Depending on the success of this first film,  they will make future decisions for the development and adaptation of the saga. Time will tell, but having Peter Jackson involved in this project is the key for sure.

 

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FIGHTER WOMAN

Women in fantasy and fiction

 

The world is changing, and so is writing. Stories where women were limited to those stereotyped roles of a damsel in distress who needs a White Knight to save them have long gone away. And that is absolutely great news, it proves that being brave and fighting for what one feels is fair is no longer a matter of gender but attitude. Women in literature, and of course in fantasy and fiction,  fight on their own ⚔️

Many fantasy authors have been able to reflect this change. It’s no longer a fantasy to read about female main character or relevant sidekicks who are self-sufficient, fighters and capable of acting on their own behalf.

I am sure this is encouraging for a lot of people. So I wanted to show some examples of relevant female characters in some epic novels:

Eowyn

Undoubtedly one of the most important characters in The Lord of the Rings (which if you loved you may like these suggestions) saga since she was the only one capable of defeating the fearsome Witch-king of Angmar (the leader of the Nazgûl or Ringwraiths), the one who could not be defeated by any man. Warrior of Rohan, was continuously protected by both his uncle and his brother, not allowing her to fight. She had to deceive both and disguise as a man in order to go to the battlefield. Not only she fought as bravely as anyone, defeated the leader of the Nazgûl was one the reasons their army took advantage over Mordor’s.

I couldn’t resist to include this quote:

“Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!”

Then Merry heard in all sounds of the hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel.

“But no living man am I! You are looking upon a woman. Eowyn am I, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”

Epic, isn’t it?

Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games did not seem like a suitable place for a young lady, but Katniss was far beyond all that. From survivor to winner of the games defeating all those who looked like favorites. Proving that after her apparent fragility, there was a warrior spirit, capable of imposing on everyone and everything.

Yennefer

The love of Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher series) smelling like lilac and gooseberries. Not only smells good, But Yennefer is also a powerful sorceress who has cleverly and magically camouflaged both her real age and appearance. Aside from her magical abilities, she also played a very important role as King Demawend’s adviser, a position that until then seemed to be reserved only for men.

Funnily, the writer of the series, Andrzej Sapkowski, said the following:

 

When I created Yennefer’s character I wanted Geralt to fully grow, but then I decided to make things complicated. I created a female character who refuses to be a fantasy stereotype to please the reader.

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth is a relevant character of A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) and, in my opinion, a really inspiring one. Daughter of the Lord of Tarth, being she his only heiress, she would behave more like a soldier. After a life of rejection due to both her unattractive appearance and her lack of feminine social graces, she will find her path, the path of the knights.

She started as King Renly’s personal bodyguard and ended up becoming a sword sworn by Catelyn Stark in the search for her daughters. She successfully carried out his mission and ended up protecting both Arya and Sansa. Earning the respect of both friends and enemies, as is seen with the treatment she has with Jaime Lannister. Throughout fiction, we see her as a figure capable of defeating any warrior, however fearsome they may be, as is the case with The Hound. In addition, Brienne goes to the battlefield without hesitation and is shown as a mortal and dangerous enemy.

 

So here you had some examples of some popular books for women to be inspired, I hope they are encouraging enough and hope these are cool good reads for you.

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⚡What’s next to Harry Potter Books? Suggestions here!

Hello there, I just wanted to start with this wonderful saga, maybe because I’m rereading these books as they are amazing. I don’t think this saga needs an introduction? Harry Potter, the boy who defeated You-Know-Who being only a baby and his adventures in Hogwarts of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

I assume we are all here because of the same, we grew reading these books while we loved the world J.K Rowling created.  But how are we to blame? They had something special, and I’m not talking about magic only, where the author made a great job being so convincing and fascinating we all wanted to have our own wand. Also, the characters, being so particular and unique; the plot, gradually getting more mature and adult book after book; and let’s not forget the way non-magic and magic world coexist, leading to such fun and amazing gags.

So, we want more magic and a plot which is fascinating intriguing.  I have some book suggestions for you, none of them is Harry Potter of course (as none expects to be) but they have they own charm, and that’s the thing isn’t it? Since I don’t want to spoil you the books, allow my descriptions to be a bit vaguer than they usually would.

With no further ado, let’s do this:

-The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This is a three-book saga (being The magicians the first book title) telling the story of Quentin, a high school student who discovers he is a magician and attends a college of magic in the city of New York. It is a way more adult approach to magic, being much more explicit all along the plot. Nonetheless, unlike the Harry Potter series, this story is not that much held in the college of magic but also in the magic world of Fillory.

Honestly, I couldn’t describe these books better than George R.R Martin did:

The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” We’ll take the hard stuff.” Exactly this.

 

-The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

These series also consist of a trilogy (and also a prequel).  While The Magicians is more focused toward adults, this one is more for teenagers. These novels,  not only have a consistent magic system but they also have an interesting approach.  This story mixes actual history relevant events, such as the Roman empire or the American revolution, with magic;  the events of history being really affected by this one (just imagine the possibilities)

 

The novel tells the story of Nathaniel, an eleven-year-old boy apprentice of magic. He will learn how to summon Bartimaeus, a djinn (or genie), to help him during his dangerous journey.  This amazing story is set in an alternative history, where London city begins its domination of the world thanks to magic.

 

-His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Another trilogy, these fantasy novels are set in a fantasy world or, better said, in multiple worlds.  Despite the fact of being a fantastic story, the author makes it somehow sound really realistic. A bit more mature than Harry Potter, due to the relevance of concepts such as physics, philosophy or theology in the plot. Even so, the story is not as complex to remain accessible.

This story features the journey of Lyra Belaqua to different worlds (including ours). His dark materials don’t have only magic, but also has a religious and philosophical undertone. And if this was not enough, there are also polar bears with armor (cool uh?)

 

-Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

These are non-finished series (having already 7 books and the next one planned to be published in 2009).  This saga is the most different from the Harry Potter series, but it deserved to be in the list. And here is why,  these series are very much plot driven with a magic system based on disciplines.  The way the magic system works is what makes it both complex and fascinating.

The story is set is the magic world of Scadrial . Vin, a mistborn, is the main protagonist in the series. She will use her magic power (alomancy) to defeat the Lord Ruler. If you are curious about this series, you can learn more about the Mistborn trilogy here.

 

Hope you will enjoy these books, I´m certain you will! I’m afraid there’s only a proper way to end this: Finite Scripturam!

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Welcome post

Hello there! just a quick post to welcome you all. In this webpage I will write about books, mostly about fiction and medieval fantasy books but since I consider myself a book devourer I know I will end up writing about other genres for sure.

 

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