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Dan Wells / Re: UK cover
« on: December 04, 2008, 08:03:52 PM »
I'm obviously way behind the times here, but I just wanted to say that I like that cover very much, actually. I think it represents the book well.

Movies and TV / Re: WOT Optioned by Universal
« on: August 14, 2008, 04:25:29 PM »
Think of it this way. Movie studios are often just silly with money. They've got tons of it, compared with the literary world. And if they see something that they want to think about developing into a project, they want to make sure that they don't put effort into the project, only to have it snatched away from them. So they pay money up front to be able to reserve the right to adapting a work. In their terms, the money is relatively minor (tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands, usually). When you think of the overall budget for the film (hundreds of millions sometimes), that's chump change. In literary terms, though, that's a lot of cash.

Movies and TV / WOT Optioned by Universal
« on: August 13, 2008, 04:41:22 PM »
The Wheel of Time series has been optioned by Universal to be made into a movie. Of course, this likely won't result in an actual movie (NBC had the rights back in 2000 to make Eye of the World into a miniseries, and that never happened), but it's good publicity for EUOL, at least--it mentions his name in Variety, and that can't be bad. Check out the linkage below.

Video Games / Re: Diablo 3, Baby!
« on: June 29, 2008, 08:46:56 PM »
For me, Diablo 2 is an old favorite that I just can't ever put away for good. It's too much fun to go back and visit. I'll have to check into that  CD key deal, Sprig--sounds interesting. I've been waiting for this Diablo 3 announcement for a very long time. It excites me more than the only other game announcement that would really intrigue me, which will be WoW2, whenever and ifever that comes out. I just wish we'd be seeing this game sooner rather than later. Christmas would be sweet, but it'll likely be Christmas of 2009, if then. Sigh.

Video Games / Diablo 3, Baby!
« on: June 28, 2008, 03:36:45 PM »
Sure, it's probably two years from actual release (to go by Blizzard's usual release schedule), but this morning in France, Blizzard announced Diablo 3. I'm very excited for this--wasted many a happy hour with 1 and 2, and I can't wait for number 3. That means Blizz now has Lich King, Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 lined up for release--quite the schedule. Check out the game at the link below:

Books / Re: Discuss
« on: April 11, 2008, 06:05:43 PM »
I don't really see what a ratings system would bring to literature. Ideally, maybe it would work, but I see too many pitfalls for censorship along the way. Look at the video game industry, for example. There are so many efforts by lawmakers to restrict who can buy what video game based on the ratings. None of these laws ever stick, but by the sheer amount of literature produced every year, who would be controlling these ratings? How would there be some method to the madness? Despite what you may believe, the ratings system for film is NOT prescribed--it's very much more fluid, and there's not a _____ amount of profanity=_____ rating equation or anything like that. Even if some sort of a ratings system were developed, how would it be enforced? Card kids who are trying to buy M books?

When I was working as a librarian in Orem, I'd have people come up to me and suggest this sort of thing quite a bit--asking if we as librarians would do it for the books in our library. No thanks. Librarians are all about freedom to information. Make informed decisions on what you read, watch or listen to--and make those decisions on your own, without needing to turn to some faceless "ratings board" to make them for you. Including a "content" listing wouldn't solve this problem any better for me. Who would determine what content means what? And how would this impact the way authors and publishers approach books? I dislike how the ratings system is played by Hollywood, and I'd hate to see that same mess come over to literature.

In the end, I love the fact that books are sort of self regulating. If you pick one up and don't like what you see, put it down. Turn the page. It's up to you. If you don't like a certain author, don't read him/her again. As far as "protecting" children goes, I don't see how a content guide or rating system would do that. They have access to anything/everything in a library or bookstore. Making a big deal out of a book for its content inevitably inspires kids to want to check it out.

That's all I have time to write right now.

Video Games / Re: guild wars anthology
« on: March 20, 2008, 12:25:12 AM »
Character name is Denisa Fyren. On very sporadically, and a total noob.

Video Games / Re: guild wars anthology
« on: March 17, 2008, 03:14:43 PM »
I'm in Prophecies. That's the basic, first game, right? I have trouble telling them all apart. Character name is something like Denis'a something something. What's up with making me make up a last name? Not cool. Can't remember it. I'll have to check when I have a sec.

And Fell--what's the deal with the book deal these days? And are you working on a sequel? And have you seen Dexter? The serial killer of serial killers TV show? Right up your alley, buddy. Drop me a private message or email me sometime. I'd love an update.

Video Games / Re: guild wars anthology
« on: March 14, 2008, 08:04:49 PM »
You and Fell play, too? I just bought this game a bit ago and I've played it some. Enjoyable--and no monthly fees, which killed my WoW sessions. Do you both still play frequently?

Movies and TV / Re: 2008 Oscar Predictions
« on: February 25, 2008, 06:03:34 PM »
Now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.

Last year we got the icon thingy  if we were 60% or better. I still have my Oscar 2007 icon proudly displayed. Any chance of doing it like that again?

Movies and TV / Re: 2008 Oscar Predictions
« on: February 25, 2008, 02:48:34 PM »
Fell only had seven. So I didn't win, but neither did he.

Take that, Fell!

And nice picks, Sprig. I thought you were nuts going with Swinton--shows what I know.

Movies and TV / Re: 2008 Oscar Predictions
« on: February 22, 2008, 09:10:57 PM »
See?!? Proof of the conspiracy! And if my predictions are so sub-standard, why is it you're agreeing with 70% of them? I think that's the very definition of what I said you'd do. Down with frogs! Long live groundhogs!

Movies and TV / Re: 2008 Oscar Predictions
« on: February 21, 2008, 11:23:42 PM »
Listen up, Fell. The only reason you win is because you wait for me to put my picks up first, and then refine those picks even further. You're standing on the shoulders of giants, frog. That said, here are my picks:

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men

Best Director: No Country for Old Men

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away from Her

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, Iím Not There

Best Art Direction: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Cinematography: There Will Be Blood

Best Adapted Screenplay: There Will Be Blood

Best Original Screenplay: Juno

Movies and TV / Re: Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule to Become ABC TV Series
« on: February 01, 2008, 11:06:15 PM »
Maybe if it does well, they'll transition to HBO for the second book. Or Skinamax.

Movies and TV / Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule to Become ABC TV Series
« on: January 29, 2008, 03:14:02 PM »
The title says it all. I know there are quite a few Goodkind haters on the site, and he's not my favoritest author in the world, but Sam Raimi's executive producing . . . Does this have a chance of being good? I'm not sure.

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