Blogger: Rachel Kent
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Today’s pick: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Here’s the link to the movie page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/
Ender’s Game, from my understanding, is a book that many filmmakers have wanted to option, but author Orson Scott Card wouldn’t sell the rights until just recently. I bet the advance in film technology has made it easier to make that decision. The book is about a young boy in a futuristic country. He is a third child when only two children are allowed per family. His family is granted permission to have a third child because his two other siblings are geniuses and the government is looking for the right child for a special task. Ender is also a genius and is taken from his home to a competitive school where he is trained for something special. In the interest of not spoiling the book, I don’t want to say too much more. Since the book came out in 1986, Ender’s Game is an early dystopian-esque sci-fi book. It is supposedly for a young audience, but I know it has wide appeal like Harry Potter.
I liked this book a lot when I read it but never could get into the sequels. Ender’s Game is actually my husband’s favorite book! 🙂
I think it has great potential for a film because:
1) It has a long history. Many schools have used Ender’s Game as a book for English classes. I first read it in 6th or 7th grade as part of my school curriculum. Students from more than one generation will want to see the film and bring their families to it.
2) It’s a sci-fi book that has human characters. Humans are easier to relate to than most other species.
3) Books and movies in which the character goes to a special school to hone a secret talent are popular, as are dystopian books and movies.
4) The story appeals to men and women.
Anything I missed on this list?
Did you read Ender’s Game in school? Have your children read it? Do you think it more closely relates to Harry Potter or to The Hunger Games?