Exciting news for fans of science fiction literature! China’s biggest science fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, is being adapted for television according to The Verge! The science fiction epic novel has become a phenomenon in China and received international acclaim. Written by Liu Cixin, who has won the Galaxy Award nine times, the 2017 Locus Award, and the 2015 Huge Award. He has written numerous acclaimed science fiction books, including The Wandering Earth,Ball Lightning, and also two sequels to The Three-Body Problem. A film adaptation of The Wandering Earth, released in February 2019, became the second highest grossing film in China in only two weeks!
The Three-Body Problem was published in 2006 and begins in the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A dissident exile is sent to a remote research facility and makes first contact there with a hostile alien species known as Trisolarans. She learns the aliens are planning to take over Earth. The novel skips ahead to the modern day afterward, following a team of scientists preparing for the aliens arrival. The novels themes not only deal with the alien invasion but the nature of the universe itself.
The novel has been attempted to be adapted before, first as a short film by director Fanfan Zhang but was shelved due to quality issues. However, interest in Cixin’s work picked up again with the release of The Wandering Earth, especially after it was picked up and began streaming on Netflix. Chinese production company YooZoo Entertainment holds the rights to the series and is reportedly developing it for television. The series is planned to run as a 24 part series and is slated (unofficially) to begin shooting this September. While no further information is available at this time, it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix might stream the series as it did for The Wandering Earth.
We’ll keep you updated as further information comes out. But are you excited to see this Chinese science fiction epic adapted for the television screen? Let us know in the comments!
Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever,opened up to The Guardian about the ‘nightmare’ experience she had regarding the adaptation of her novel, which starred Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Translating her beloved novel to the big screen was a horrible process and in many ways, was a cautionary tale of how NOT to adapt a book. Describing the experience as a ‘ghastly disaster’, Moggach, after flying to Hollywood to speak to producers about adapting the novel, jokingly offered her milkman, Ron, a role in the film. Though the comment was in jest, newspapers caught wind of this and spun it into “MILKMAN BEING OFFERED ROLE IN MOGGACH’S TULIP FEVER!” Soon, Moggach found herself dealing with both the press and a mountain of incoming screenwriters.
She recalled there was a continuous stream of screenwriters hoping to adapt her work, each one bumped off in favor of a new writer. In the process, she believes they lost track of what the book was supposed to be about. Moggach noted Harvey Weinstein interfered with the production constantly, which was shooting in 2014. It was first optioned in 2004 but was dropped after production delays. Weinstein kept fiddling with the cut of the film itself. Moggach comments that he was a ‘bully’ and was never satisfied with the cut.
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The film adaptation was finally released to negative reviews. It currently has a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 4.4/10 on IMDB. It’s not hard to see why the author thought the film was particularly terrible and she admitted to watching the first screening with a glass of wine in hand, practically laughing at the decisions made by screenwriters while adapting the novel.
This film shows what happens when a good story gets into the wrong hands. What did you think of the film adaptation? Was it as terrible as everyone said? Is the book better? (In this author’s opinion, yes!)
Wikipedia is filled with information provided by users, and it gets around eighteen billion views each month. Anyone has access to editing a Wikipedia page to add in any crucial information. In the past, this has led to Wikipedia being seen as an unreliable source of information. Who knows what people are adding and if it’s even true? No one takes the time to consider that because anyone can go in and add information it means that certain subjects are sorely lacking. In response to this, Wikipedia hosts Edit-a-Thon’s to make sure the necessary information finds its way onto world wide web.
This year, the Edit-a-Thon focused on filling in the large gaps of information concerning Asian American literature. This is the second time Wikipedia is hosting an event to fill in this information. Prior Edit-a-Thon’s have focused on feminism, African art, and more. This year, the nonprofit organization Kundiman was looking to continue to build up even more on Asian American literature. In 2018, over 20,000 words were added to Wikipedia on history of authors, different Asian-American works, and on pages that just make it easier to find such.
This years event took place on May 5th from 2:00PM to 6:00PM at the Ace Hotel Boardroom. No Wikipedia editing experience was necessary, but it was a bring-your-own-computer event. Of course, it didn’t just focus on the books and authors themselves. The event focused on boosting up information on Asian American literary organizations, events, publishers, etc. They wanted to create a way where this information was more accessible to readers and writers of color who want to find themselves represented. What better time to tackle this issue than Asian and Pacific American Heritage month!
Happy anniversary to The Great Gatsby! Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this seminal work was published on this day (April 10th) in 1925, at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald’s novel takes place in the fictional towns of West and East Egg in Long Island, centering around the mysterious billionaire Jay Gatsby as told from the point of view of character Nick Carraway. The novel’s themes harshly critique the decadence of the American lifestyle, deconstructing idealism, social upheaval, hedonism, and resistance to change to reveal Gatsby’s story to be more tragic than aspirational, a cautionary tale about the American Dream itself. Masterfully written, the novel is considered a classic today for its themes, intimate portrait of the characters, and flowing prose.
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But the American dream was as elusive for Fitzergald as it is for Gatsby: initially, the author’s master work looked like more of a mistake. The book sold poorly upon its release and received mix to negative reviews. Fitzgerald himself died young in 1940, sadly believing that his book was a failure. Of course, the story wasn’t over, even if Fitzgerald’s was. The Great Gatsby received a resurgence in popularity during World War II and today is considered a contender for the Great American Novel. Doubtless you’ve read it in high school, and hopefully, you liked it.
Gatsby has been adapted several times, its most famous ones being two big screen movies in 1974 and 2013. The former starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow while the latter starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. Although both received mixed reviews, the latter was a massive box office success. Cheers to that!
Happy birthday, The Great Gatsby. We’ll send you off with an appropriate GIF…