Les Malheurs d'Ursula !

Publié le par Ptit Sneed

La chaine de Télévision Sci-fi Channel a produit et diffusé le mois dernier une adaptation du cycle Earthsea/Terremer d'Ursula K. LeGuin. Le résultat est apparemment calamiteux, et l'auteur se sent trahie et dépossédée de son oeuvre.
Elle réagit longuement et explique comment elle s'est fait piégée dans une lettre ouverte publiée sur le site de la revue LOCUS.
Ci-dessous les extraits qui m'ont le plus marqué, témoignant de l'arrogance des producteurs et du mépris porté à l'oeuvre ainsi qu'aux amateurs de fantasy en général..

This was in the spring of 2004. They were moving very fast, finally, because if they didn't get into production, they'd lose their rights to the property. I have the record of a couple of friendly e-mail exchanges. I offered a list of name pronunciations, and said that although I knew well that a film must differ greatly from a book, I hoped they were making no unnecessary changes in the plot or to the characters — a dangerous thing to do, since the books have been known to millions of people for over 30 years. To this they replied that they could change the books' story and characters any way they liked, because they reached lots more millions of people than I did.

People who see movies and TV don't read books. People who read books don't watch movies and TV. Therefore nobody will care if the film screws up the book, and if they do care, screw them.
This is so arrogant! Why do we sit and take it?

Fantasy is for kids and morons and people who want easy answers. What happens in a fantasy doesn't need to make sense, because it "isn't real."
Case in point: In the "Earthsea" books the way magic works is quite specific, a matter of language and names; it has rules, which give it a necessary limitation; and the nature of this magic is one of the fundamental metaphors on which the story is built.

Et ici, un ensemble de réactions sur le site de Mme LeGuin.

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