22 December 2006

The 12 Days of Bookmas Countdown - #4

Ender's Game - This is a successful movie franchise just waiting to happen if done correctly. It is more or less Harry Potter in space (with a dash of The Last Starfighter) but with meaner kids. I guess thats not completely fair since this one came out long before Potter. The titular game involves Ender training and developing war strategies while at a battle school for young "soldier's of tomorrow" to fight an alien "bugger" race. While Ender's freindships and school are interesting, the greatness in this book involves the fallout at the end resulting from Ender's final test. Though this series now has like 8 books or so in it (way too many) I very much look forward to reading its sequel Speaker for the Dead.

Countdown So Far

#4 - Ender's Game
#5 - Disney War
#6 - His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
#7 - The Earthsea Cycle: The Farthest Shore
#8 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew
#9 - The Earthsea Cycle: A Wizard of Earthsea
#10 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone
#11 - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
#12 - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


j said...

Ender's Game would make a good film, but its certainly not in the Harry Potter category of broad mass appeal. Its got too much thinking in it. Not to mention a fight scene among naked adolescents in a shower where somebody gets really messed up.

I've only read the first 3 books, and this one by far is the easiest to make into a movie. Once you've read Speaker for the Dead, you'll understand what I'm saying.

Ben said...

Oh man I LOVE this book. It's a very good read and I agree, big franchise potential, although it may be a bit dark. I've read 3 or 4 of the sequels and enjoyed them. Speaker for the Dead was probably one of my favorites as well as Ender's Shadow, the first book following a different character in the first story. Good pick!

Chip Chief said...

well j, i will take your word for speaker being tougher to adapt, but at least this first one could be am easy translation. as for the shower scene, there are plenty of ways to get the spirit of the scene with less violence and fewer privates.

so ben, do you think the shadows books are worth reading?