1. I know your blog is mostly about books, but considering its title, I was wondering what you actually thought of the movie.

    I'm new to your blog (here because of Maria V. Snyder!), and I'm enjoying going through everything. Your literature tastes are similar to my own, and I'm making a reading list based on some of your recommendations.

    Anyway, back to the movie - I'm half-ashamed to say that I have not read the books (although that will be rectified immediately as I have just purchased the series), but I absolutely LOVED the movie. I don't understand why it got such poor reviews. I found it fun and entertaining, and it has quickly made it to my list of favourites. I just watched it again a few nights ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, every bit as much as the first time.

    1. I loved it, and I'm really sad that the bad box office showing has probably sunk my chance to get sequels. :(

      The books are very different. They're that older pulp style that focuses mostly on the action, and since they were written as serials they get really episodic. The movie made the characters deeper, especially Dejah Thoris, but it kept the same fun, otherworldly feel.

      I think it didn't do well partly because of poor promotion and studio drama. There were articles calling the movie doomed for months before it came out, and I think that affected the reviews. It didn't help that studio execs changed the title from "John Carter of Mars" pretty late in the game. Just using Carter's name as the title didn't exactly scream "sci-fi" to folks who don't keep up with all the new releases.

      I have this big nostalgia attachment to the books, so I'm not sure how I'd feel coming to them for the first time as an adult. I hope you enjoy them, and thanks for dropping by!


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