You don't have to look too far to see that fans have been craving another large-scale fantasy epic of magical proportions since the conclusion of HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's, A Game of Thrones. And this time, it's Amazon that's stepping up to the plate with their upcoming adaptation of Robert Jordan's timeless epic fantasy, The Wheel of Time series.
Ernest Hemingway is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was a true ‘Renaissance man’ of the 20th century, being an accomplished novelist, short story writer, sportsman, and journalist. He lived an adventurous lifestyle, being known for wrestling lions, flying airplanes, and much more. He’s practically the real life ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ and his real world adventures are matched by his superb writing. Known for his matter of fact, economical, and down to earth yet still complex style, Hemingway wrote numerous acclaimed books such as The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and the subject of today’s article For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American volunteer assigned to the Republican guerrilla unit in the Spanish Civil war. The book was based on Hemingway’s own experiences in the Spanish Civil War and became known for its imagery that perfectly captured the horrific nature of war, with death a major theme of the novel. It also showcases the nature of bigotry and how ridiculous but ultimately destructive it is. The dense atmosphere of the book complimented this well, showcasing a world where butchery takes the place of heroism thanks to the modern weapons of war turning the battlefield into a true place of horror.
The book won critical acclaim and contributed to Ernest Hemingway eventually receiving his Nobel Prize in 1954. It was also adapted to a screen adaptation in 1943 starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. The adaptation received nine Academy award nominations, although it only received one for Best Supporting Actress.
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Ernest Hemingway remains one of the most interesting authors of all time, a man with a huge body of work that help craft a new style and For Whom the Bell Tolls is one of the best examples of this. Give it a read today to celebrate the master himself and see why Ernest Hemingway was so revered!
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Robert Jordan’s long-running high fantasy epic, The Wheel of Time, is finally getting it’s long-awaited screen adaptation, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Televison and Amazon Studios. The series takes place in a world where magic is present, but can only be performed by women.
The series has taken a long winding road to this adaptation; the first book was published in 1990, and first optioned for a series in 2000 by NBC, which led to a dead end. Then, in 2004, Red Eagle bought the film, TV, video game, and comic rights to The Wheel of Time, and proceeded to air a pilot for the series which allowed it to hold onto the rights. The rights dispute was solved in 2016, making way for Amazon Studios to take over the adaptation.
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Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time, unfortunately passed away before the series was completed. He left extensive notes to allow for another author to take over and conclude the series. Brandon Sanderson, author of the novels in the Cosmere universe, (Elantris, Mistborn, Warbreaker, The Stormlight Archive, and White Sand) finished the final three volumes. Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, will be a consulting producer for the show.
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Synopsis of The Wheel of Time:
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs―a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts― five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
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