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When they film the amazing BBC dranatisation of The Eyre Affair series (or the dubious Hollywood version - see The Northern Lights Trilogy, with no mention of God!!! Readers know what I mean!)
Who will play Thursday??
We all have our mind felt opinions of how she is.. for some time I pictured a real womans woman.. Caroline Quentin. But was never completely happy with that. After I'd forced my 17 yr old daughter to read 'The Eyre affair' (which she CONSUMED in 2 days!! & has now nicked my Lost In A Good Book) she posed that exact question;
'Who do you imagine being Thursday?'
'Not sure' I said..
'I imagine Jessica Stephenson, from Spaced' she said
YES! YES! Daisy form Spaced (sorry US people, try to get v. surreal Brit com 'Spaced on DVD/VHs Brilliant!
Inspired! Cool! Brilliant! i wish I'd known she was Jessica Stephenson BEFORE I read the books! WOW! She is pretty in a quiet sort of way, funny, (See According to Bex & Spaced, perfect for when she's in the car and asks Chalk & Cheese where they've been on hols,) AND women like her! And she's not too young..
I vote Jessica to play Thursday Next in any Tv or Film production, so say I! Who agrees?
I sincerely, deeply hope that the Thursday Next books are never adapted for the screen, either film or TV. They just wouldn't work. There are so many little things that only work in book form, but without which the spirit of the books would be gone. How would you visualise the footnoterphone messages? Or the gunport that's had all its adjectives devoured by grammarsites? Or the Text Sea? The only way to make a Thursday Next film would be to remove all of the within-fiction scenes. Granted, the "real world" of Thursday Next is a fascinating place, and would be well-worthy of a film in its own right, but it wouldn't be the same at all.
I don't suppose you've ever heard the radio series "The Sofa of Time", by any chance, have you? It's a kind of Lord of the Rings piss-take, with Nick Frost and Mark Heap (Mike and Brian from Spaced, respectively) and some other bloke as the main characters [Peter Serafinowicz, Simon Pegg, and Julia Deakin also have lesser roles]. I only bring it up because one of the things the writers (Frost and the other bloke) were most proud about was the fact that it would never work on TV. Likewise, I think that one of the best things about the TN books is that they only work as books.
I tend to get disapointed when books get turned into movies, the characters never seem to look quite right.
Wouldn't that be slightly breaking with the purpose of it though? A book about books put on screen...maybe if you redid it with respect to the screen...although that wouldn't work out quite right either, now would it...?
I don't think any movie is actually planned. This is all just idle speculation.
JFf has said in the past that he does not plan on selling the rights to the books, and that if they are ever to be made into movies he will direct them himself.
Honestly, that seems like the best thing to do: have you heard about all the trouble Neil Gaiman has been going through with the rights to Sandman? The last I heard, the proposed script (written not by Gaiman himself, but by some fans of Sandman who tried to preserve the spirit of it) was rejected, and the new screenwriter had never read the comics, only the first script. Gaiman says he hopes the movie is never produced because the latest script is so far from his vision of it. And on top of all that, he would like to create more comics, but the people who own the rights won't even let him use his own characters anymore!
Sorry for the rant, but I would really hate to see something like that happen to Thursday Next!
Yikes! That would be terrible! Honestly, I can't imagine a worse thing you could do to an author than take his creation away from him.
I agree that Thursday's world would be incredibly hard to put on screen--especially the book-world. What about the scenes in The Well where the characters respond to something written in the book's description of themselves? Add that to the list of things that just wouldn't work.
It would be great if they even thought about starting a movie because of the possible actors to play the characters. But it might be like Harry Potter and they might chop up the plot like cutting out scenes that are vidal to the story. I would love to see the Thursday Next movies but I don't want to see it chopped up.