LuxVesperis (luxvesperis) wrote in atuan,

Le Guin's response to the Ghibli movie

For those interested, Le Guin has posted Gedo Senki, a First Response on her website. It's a good read. I have to say it is such a treat to read her reaction to the film after having seen it. The movie is quite different from the books in many ways. What she told Goro Miyazaki, the director, was "It is not my book. It is your movie. It is a good movie." And I really think that sums it up. Her response does contain spoilers.
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I read it when it was first posted, and informed the webmaster of ghibliword as soon as I finished reading it. I actually meant to post about it over here and at leguin as well, but didn't manage to log onto livejournal until today. ^^;;

At least she didn't hate this one completely. Compared to the sci-Fi version, she recognized the themes from her books, despite the "heavy-handed" approach Goro & co. took to delivering them. But it's also quite obvious that she dislikes the fact that people keep taking bits and pieces of her stories and making films that don't bother to maintain the original flow of her stories.
"It is not my book. It is your movie. It is a good movie."

Great response, and nothing not to be expected. That's the Ghibli philosophy of adaptation, and I have a feeling Le Guin must have had some idea about it when it all started; it's not really any kind of secret -- see their adaptation of Diana Wynn Jones's Howl's Moving Castle.
I don't know you and I guess you also don't know me... ^^; I found your LJ via search here, for I looked for information about the 'earthsea' movie. Actually I am just writing you in order to thank you for posting such a lot of information and useful links about it! Thanks! ^^