A Dragonrider of Pern movie on the horizon . . at last?

July 30, 2014 Uncategorized 5

Oh. My. G. . . osh! It’s a good thing you didn’t seem me five minutes ago, my friends, because I was squealing and jumping up and down with excitement.

Warner Brothers has optioned the Pern series.

The White Dragon: cover art by Michael Whalen

The dragonrider and Harper Hall books might FINALLY make it to the big screen! YES!

Oh please, please, please. . . let them do it, and let them do it right.  Treat the books with all the love and respect that Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings got.

I’ve been waiting for 30 years. I can wait a little longer.  Just . . . Get. It. Right.

(If you want to know more, read this Deadline article, and this one from i09.)

5 Responses to “A Dragonrider of Pern movie on the horizon . . at last?”

  1. Berls

    I have no idea what Dragonriders of Pern is – clearly I’m missing out if you’ve been waiting for a movie of it for 30 years! Yay, I hope they do it and do it right 🙂

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      The Pern novels were one of the blockbuster SFF series of the late 70s and 80s and into the 90s. They feel like fantasy because of the dragons and their telepathic bond with their riders. However, McCaffrey always maintained the books were SF, and with good reason (particularly if you read the novel that comes first chronologically, though it was one of the later ones published.) I discovered the books in high school and fell in love with them. I even have a signed copy of The White Dragon from when she toured in 1980-ish.

  2. Bea

    I have mixed feelings about the books being made into a series but if they get it right, it would be awesome.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I always have mixed feeling when a book or series is being made into a movie, because they so often mess it up royally (The Dark is Rising/The Seeker, cough cough. Percy Jackson, cough cough.) But when they get it right, a good movie adaptation can be wonderful! And getting it right doesn’t always mean putting in every detail and subplot, but it does mean getting the spirit right, and all the most important bits. The Harry Potter movies did pretty well with that (it helped having J. K. Rowling telling them what couldn’t be left out.) Peter Jackson’s LOTR movies did a great job despite two glaring departures from the books (the battle of Helm’s Deep, at which there were no elves, and the whole bit where Faramir decides to take the Ring to Gondor, putting Frodo and Sam at Osgiliath when they were never there. I always love Sam’s line “By rights we shouldn’t even be here!” because no, according to the book, they shouldn’t. [grin])

  3. Cheryl @ Tales of the Marvelous

    Oh, I so agree with your comment here. I get super excited about a movie adaptation of a beloved book–and super worried that they’ll ruin it! And then ever after I’ll have to explain…I love this book which is *not at all like that movie of the same name.*