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Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 4:47 pm by flerly.

I’ve picked up Ender’s Game on audiobook, and I’m remembering how much I loved this whole series. I was as excited as anyone to hear that it is finally being made into a movie, but I guess I didn’t really think about it until this “rereading” that we’re talking about children pulling off these roles. Ender is only 6 years old at the beginning…. 10 or so as commander… those are tough ages to portray.

It just makes me wonder for a moment whether the translation into movie will mean adjusting their ages. Though I think there are many key aspects of the series that would translate wonderfully to film, making the kids older just seems to add an aspect of teenage angst that doesn’t feel right.

I babble. Just pondering.



  1. aoide has made a Comment

    No WAY! Ender’s game is going to be a movie?!?!

    August 11, 2005 @ 8:12 am

  2. flerly has made a Comment

    Yup. It’s been in the works for ages, too. Optioned by Warner in like 2003.. they’re still working on the script. They’re supposed to be combining the two novels, Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow into one movie.

    August 11, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

  3. aoide has made a Comment

    I don’t remember enders shadow. I remember speaker of the dead but I think that was book 3.

    August 11, 2005 @ 12:14 pm

  4. flerly has made a Comment

    Yeah… Ender’s Shadow is one of the newer books. OSC went back to write about the battle school from Bean’s point of view — That’s Ender’s Shadow. That turned into another trilogy, mostly from Bean’s point of view, about after the final battle, what happened with Peter and Valentine, etc., all during the time that Ender loses in transport between his first and second books. It was a fill-in-the-blanks sort of trilogy. The first one I thought was an especially good read, seeing that it gives another perspective on the whole of Ender’s Game.

    August 11, 2005 @ 1:21 pm

  5. flerly has made a Comment

    Somehow I managed to move the mouse on this pc to hit “Post” on that last message and simultaneously dump my drink all over the desk. Here I thought I’d solved my “drinking problem” by switching to a cordless phone at the desk. DAMNIT.

    August 11, 2005 @ 1:24 pm

  6. aoide has made a Comment

    Ah. no wonder I hadn’t heard of it.

    August 11, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

  7. petulant_derek has made a Comment

    I didn’t know this was on audiobook! And, narrated by Harlan Ellison (If you haven’t read the short story “The Human Operators”, I highly recommend it or catch the Outer Limits ep thats a somewhat faithful recreation). Time to buy….

    August 12, 2005 @ 7:13 am

  8. kvinna has made a Comment

    Woot for audiobooks. I must go pick it up now. I had no idea there were other books, either. Silly me.

    August 12, 2005 @ 8:31 am

  9. flerly has made a Comment

    Other books in the Ender series, oh jeez. There are four in the original: Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Children of the Mind, and Xenocide. Then, OSC went back to write from Bean’s POV, writing Ender’s Shadow, Shadow of the Hedgemon, Shadow Puppets and now Shadow of the Giant, which isn’t even in paperback yet.

    The new series is mostly about what happened on Earth after Ender leaves, and the characters are primarily Bean and Petra and a few other of Ender’s school friends, and his brother Peter’s rise to power, aka the real purpose of that Locke and Demosthenes experiment.

    August 12, 2005 @ 6:17 pm

  10. flerly has made a Comment

    It’s narrated “multivoice”, but Harlan Ellison is one of the voices. This was the first audiobook I’ve ever heard that wasn’t just read by one person and I found it kind of strange. I’m on Speaker, now, though and it looks like the whole series is multivoice.

    May I recommend http://www.audible.com if you get into the mood for some audiobooks. I’ve found they’re easy to listen to while I work, and this site seems to have a pretty good deal.

    August 12, 2005 @ 6:19 pm

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