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This is placed behind a cut if you don't want to read the spoilers about ABC/Disney picking up the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind for television.

I saw a commercial where ABC/Disney picked up the Sword of Truth series. It starts in November. I'm excited to see what they did with the show.... however....

Did ABC/Disney realize just how much the books revolve around darker themes? While it's a lesser part of the series - whose universal theme and message is about loving life and living life - sex is also closely tied to many of the things involved in the books. Richard is tortured, and essentially raped. Rape is a theme in the books and is a fact of life of things that happen to the characters, not in the sense that it just happens willy nilly - but in the sense that it's a consequence of what occurs when you get dirty, hungry, war mongering men seeking to dominate and destroy the world because they have a hate of those who think themselves better than anyone else, and anyone who shows that they are able to exert free will and think for themselves.

I knew this before, but was reminded of this when I finished reading the final book, Confessor, last night. It makes me wonder how ABC/Disney is going to handle this darker nature of the storyline, which I think is vital to the theme of the books. Goodkind showed the darker world around the characters, to help emphasize his points his characters were making about life, and coming back from the brink of darkness and despair to rekindle one's love of life again. I am very curious about how they are going to attempt to represent these issues, since these channels are very much family oriented, and the themes aren't necessarily family oriented themes. I'm also somewhat trepeditious that they'll be able to encompass the themes properly.

Lisa, holding out a small glimmer of hope the series will be at least something like the books


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Oct. 7th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
I no longer consider the Sword of Truth series a must-read (they fell into the category of 'long paperbacks I buy for bus rides'--I'm afraid my opinion of the books fell the longer the series went on), but I read most of them. And those are not family-oriented books.

One of the middle books in the series (I am afraid I cannot remember which one; you might) dealt with the systemic gang rape (and then murder) of noblewomen during a war. This was, to me, even now, one of the most horrifying and haunting things I had ever read. I couldn't put the book down because I had to see the perpetrators punished. That's only one example of how dark the books are; there is a great deal in them about rape/violation, the nature of pain, and despair. No, I don't know how they're going to make them family-friendly, if they intend to do so. (I think, in some quarters, there's still a lingering assumption that 'fantasy' equals something intended for children. Some people who have had very slight experience with the genre have no idea how dark or adult some contemporary fantasy gets.)

Oh, well. At least it's HBO that has the rights to A Song of Ice and Fire.

Edited at 2008-10-07 10:05 pm (UTC)
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