I love just about anything and everything to do with Terry Pratchett and the Discworld -- but I have to say that the movie version of "Going Postal" totally exceeded my expectations -- it was as close to the way I'd imagined it as I think you could get ... and all of the characters were absolutely perfect...
I'd love to see one of Terry's other books treated this way...
Thanks for that info!
In checking availability I found "HOGFATHER" ( as well as "The Color of Magic", and "Going Postal" ) at Amazon, of course. But I also found it locally, available for rental at Blockbuster. So, I went right out and picked it up.
A thoroughly enjoyable production! Even though made on a modest budget!... what a standard Hollywood BIG budget could have done!
Still, it was actually more satisfying, ultimately, than a couple of other recent Hollywood big-time box-office hits that I rented at the same time. So this one will certainly be purchased for going into my personal collection!
The BBC did a 4 hour version of "Hogs Watch" a few years ago. Really good job, with Pratchett doing a cameo at the end. No way to cut it down to a 2 hour movie.
BTW - Yang The Nauseating (Robert Lynn Asprin) was found dead with a Pratchett novel in hand.
On a related note... that is, great science-fiction books ( about people who want to change the world... or just other people... for it's, or their, own good ) that have actually produced a cinematic adaptation:
Way way back in 1979 PBS produced it's very own made-for-tv movie. True... it was low budget. True... it was a *long* time ago. But it was also faithfully adapted from Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Lathe of Heaven".
Therefore... A Good One! Catch it ( and not, I repeat... NOT, the remake done a few years later ) if you can. It can be had from Amazon ( ... *ahem*... for a price! )... but also *seems* to be up on youtube.
"I also added "Otherwise: Three Novels" but again this got mixed reviews -- have you read this?"
No... but in this, as in so many other things... well, I've been meaning to.
Anyway, that's the useful thing about topics like this - with so many things keeping us all spinning in circles these days, and... all possibilities of Hollywood realizing it could do better aside... it serves as a reminder that we've all got a lot of reading to get caught up on.
By the way, you mentioned "Discworld" above ( ... and, lately, I've been trying to get caught up on Pratchett ) - it would probably be next to impossible to do the books justice in a movie... but a series ( like a... maybe somewhat more, but not TOO much more... "family-friendly" answer to "Game of Thrones" ) might be great!
With respect to the mixed reviews: I've usually found that there's always something interesting to be found in things that people either love or hate. And that, usually, the folks who hate it have some sort of an obscure ax-to-grind. Then again, some folks can simply appreciate competent word-smithing for it's own sake... and for some it's just no substitute for raw action and adventure.
Poul did two types; Hard SF in the future, and fantasy based on Norse mythology.
Then he did other ones.. like "The High Crusade", which i suspect came from his SCA activities.
One reason i am a fan of Poul is he was very approachable to fans. He would listen carefully and have a reasoned conversation with just about anybody, including kids (and kids in fandom tend to be pretty sharp, because they are expected to be).
"Space Prison" aka "The Survivors" by Tom Godwin, sequel is "The Space Barbarians". Read them as a kid, went and found them as an adult.
bad-a** aliens, terrible conditions, overcome said conditions, great "wolves", killer crossbows, big fight scenes at the end.
Buff guys in leather for the gals ...
And chicks in leather for the guys. ^:)
And can get them via Amazon.
Way Station - YES! One of my absolute favorites. Simple sets and location.
Also one of the first descriptions in SF of a Virtual Environment - his basement, where he can hunt anything in a totally emersive environment.
(Outer Limits did a version of "The Velte".)