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posts by superkeer Candidate | joined 13 Jul 2005 | 12

Prince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen posted 13 Jul 2005, 19:07 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen by superkeer, Candidate

I'm sure a lot of writers are hesistant to endanger the integrity of their work by adapting their stories to either television or movies, but... there are so many epic visuals in this series thus far that I'm curious if Mr. Bakker is hopeful that someone will pick up his tale for production. I'd think it would make an excellent miniseries, say, on HBO. Fifteen hour-long episodes per book, massive budget, the best of the best in the business involved in the production... I've got no doubt that there would be a big enough audience, comprised of both fans of the book and fans of intelligent storytelling. I wish I knew someone in the business, so I could offer a "hook-up." Unfortunately I can only offer my services as an extra in a battle scene or something. Ah well... view post

posted 13 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen by superkeer, Candidate

[quote="Cynical Cat":cfnm0204]Well, the Sopranos and Deadwood show a large TV audience can and will watch morally questionable characters. Trying to do something on the scale of the First Crusade on a tv budget is pretty tough.[/quote:cfnm0204] I am optimistic that TV budgets will soon be on the level as big budget hollywood releases. Some of the HBO budgets are already reaching that point.. then again, they often spread it out over much more content. I'm hoping that the upcoming miniseries on "[url=]Rome[/url:cfnm0204]" will reveal some of the extent that TV producers are willing to go financially (this first season of Rome is said to have been [url=]budgeted at $75 million[/url:cfnm0204]). It's all wishful thinking, of course. Seeing Bakker's vision (undoubtedly he'd have to have tons of input into a production) would be a nice complement to my own mental images from reading the story.[/quote] view post

Advanced Reader Copies? posted 21 Aug 2005, 01:08 in Author Q & AAdvanced Reader Copies? by superkeer, Candidate

I work at a Barnes & Noble in south Texas and noticed that our inventory system finally has an entry for TTT for release in January (it's too bad it'll miss the Christmas rush). I'm curious if your publisher will be sending out advanced reader copies of the book? view post

posted 21 Oct 2005, 04:10 in Author Q & AAdvanced Reader Copies? by superkeer, Candidate

Wow, hey, thanks for responding, Scott. No sweat... was really just the over-zealous desire to get my hands on the third book as soon as possible that drove my inquiry. I'll just keep pushing the two books you have out now -- they're actually not doing too badly down here in Texas. Convinced a co-worker of mine to read The Darkness That Comes Before and now he's salivating on the sales floor just waiting for TWP to arrive in paperback. Another question if you get back to this thread: Any plans for, say, an illustrated work? I'd be surprised to find out that you haven't had at least a few significant offers from people wanting to paint some of the visuals in your story. view post

posted 24 Dec 2005, 21:12 in Author Q & ARPG? by superkeer, Candidate

Even better: MMORPG. (Complete with a subscriber-application/approval process to keep 'tards out) On the pen + paper side of it, though there are so many obscure/niche RPG titles that I see come into the store I work at, that I would think a fully realized new setting that has accompanying literature as a foundation for lore, etc. would be something that game publishers would love to get their hands on. I don't know too much about the RPG business, but I'd be willing to assume that it's already a niche market, even a sub-market of the SF/Fantasy genre, which compared to mainstream fictions, is also still a relatively limited market... Which would mean that I think you should totally go for it. Just make sure it's done right! view post

posted 01 Mar 2006, 22:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus, his divinity, and his "good guy" status. by superkeer, Candidate

This is something I've been debating with myself for a few days now that I've finished the trilogy. I don't like Kellhus at all. I found myself rooting against him at the end. I really wanted him to receive, what I feel, is coming to him. There was an important step he missed in going from sociopathic manipulator to (possibly) delusional demi-god, and that step was "humanity." I don't understand his motivation anymore; now that he's faced his father and completed his "mission," he can only continue to be driven by his own personal motives... and the only motivation to continue his charade is that he has either A) gone off the deep end, B) actually discovered a way to achieve divine status and then as a result C) has become obsessed with the knowledge that he continues to unlock. But along the way, he's cut a swath through the entire world. His personal mission, which he kept from everyone save Cnaiur, has resulted in the deaths of thousands, the displacement of hundreds of thousands, and the complete, 90-degree shift of countless nations, cultures, and histories in the civilized world. And now he's content to continue on, seemingly without regard for anyone other than himself. I suppose he envisions himself in the scheme of the Apocalypse, perhaps he wants to be humanity's savior, but I don't believe its for any selfless reason. He just wants to make everyone love him, but nothing the world could do would make him love [i:387u889s]it[/i:387u889s]. I see him struggling to dominate the Dunyain next, then he may undertake a mission to dominate the Consult, which may prove to be his undoing. If he ends up becoming Mog-Pharau reborn, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised. view post

posted 03 Mar 2006, 17:03 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus, his divinity, and his "good guy" status. by superkeer, Candidate

[quote="Ikiru":2y6hta7z]I also can't see why you guys think that things must be selfless to be morally right - that seems a very simplistic, traditional conception of morality to me. [/quote:2y6hta7z] I would think that the "selflessness" or "selfishness" of any act is what ultimately determines its moral quality. I suppose it would all depend on the outcome of Kellhus' story, which kind of makes debating it now a moot point. But I still believe that if you're doing good things just for the sake of manipulation, they're not truly good in terms of "morality." They're hollow, and selfish, and if discovered, they become morally bad. If you asked Akka at the end of the story whether or not he still thought Kellhus to be a paragon of "goodness," he'd say most certainly not, despite the undeniably "good" things he'd done up to that point. I suppose it's all just a matter of perspective. view post

posted 15 Mar 2006, 15:03 in Author Q & AFan art for the PoN by superkeer, Candidate

There's some great stuff that can happen with fan art. I know GRRM put out a great book of art based on his Song of Ice and Fire last year, and much of it was fan art. Of course, he has the advantage of having an enormous readership, but I've got no doubt that Bakker will have a similarly sized fanbase some day. If I had art skills I'd have been inspired on numerous occaisions to present my visualization of many different events in the story. view post

posted 20 Mar 2006, 05:03 in Author Q & AFan art for the PoN by superkeer, Candidate

If you drew Akka throwing down a tennis racket, eyes and mouth glowing as he prepares to annihilate the line-judge, then... well, that'd be funny. view post

posted 20 Mar 2006, 05:03 in Author Q & AReaders Choice Awards by superkeer, Candidate

The word is definitely spreading, I'd say. I work at a B&N and I've noticed sales of the series, particularly TDTCB, have been steadily increasing since the release of TTT. I also noticed that B&N's distributors are out of stock of TDTCB in paperback, so until Overlook ships more out, it might be tough to find. Such a shortage usually means things are going well for a book. view post

posted 12 Apr 2006, 16:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus, his divinity, and his "good guy" status. by superkeer, Candidate

Curethan has a point at the moment. As opposed to other "evil" acts, the morality of manipulation can be largely dependent on the end result of said manipulation. If everything turns out for the best, and Khellus saves the world, then hardly anyone could view him more harshly than just "the lesser of all evils." But if he does something terrible, something completely selfish, well, then... view post

posted 13 Apr 2006, 06:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus, his divinity, and his "good guy" status. by superkeer, Candidate

[quote="Entropic_existence":3165igyz]If someone is manipulated into say... sacrificing their life for instance, when that sacrifice isn't required, but then everything turns out "for the best" where would it stand on the morality scale? :) Manipulation can lead to good and positive outcomes, but it is still manipulation. The road to hell being paved with good intentions and all that.[/quote:3165igyz] Man I wish I'd studied philosophy at some point in my life. :wink: I don't feel as if I'm qualified to get into this discussion any further, really. I see myself only being able to present a cyclical argument. But, to answer your question: I personally would find the scenario you described to be horrific. An individual manipulated into sacrificing his or her life [i:3165igyz]when it isn't required[/i:3165igyz], is awful. But I think that non-requirement is the "evil-determinating" factor for me. The fact that the situation benefits the greater good, or that it all turns out for the best, is almost irrelevent at that point, because it was a needless sacrifice. If I turn the situation back to you, I would adjust it this way: If someone is manipulated into say... sacrificing their life for instance, when that sacrifice is essential to everything turning out for the best, and had the individual not been manipulated, the sacrifice never would've been made... where would it stand on the morality scale? I've never really thought about manipulation in so much depth before. It is an interesting question, whether or not manipulation automatically qualifies as evil, or whether it is dependent on the causes and effects of the reality it brings into view? I suppose it's all a matter of taste. Sure seems deep, either way. view post


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