Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Drawn to The Pillars of the Earth

It is a rare thing to bump into a TV series that really hooks you and makes you care for the characters in the way that the mini series The Pillars of the Earth does. Each new tragedy that befalls one of the "good guys" hurts you almost personally and you hope that the bad guys will get what they deserve, even when you know that that's not always what happens.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Pevear's translation of The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

I've been reading the delightful new translation of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas over the past couple of weeks. The translation was made by Richard Pevear in 2006, who writes in his introduction that the earlier translations can be seen as "textbook examples of bad translation practices" that "give their readers an extremely distorted notion of Dumas' writing". As an example, the earlier English translations left out huge chunks of text where the translators thought that the original text was too raunchy. Things like sexual innuendo were the first victims of these translators.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Review of Conan the Barbarian 2011

Conan the Barbarian (2011) bears the same name as the 1982 film, but rather than being a remake, the producers aimed to go back to the roots of the character and restart the franchise. Their hopes were high when the opening weekend approached, although most Conan fans were worried about what they had seen on the trailers and many of them feared the worst. The opening weekend was rather underwhelming and some even called the movie a flop. This naturally rid me of my remaining hopes and expectations for the movie and I went to the theatre expecting the worst. Not quite Uwe Boll worst, but close.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Conan the Cimmerian vs Conan the Barbarian

I have here an original quote from Robert E. Howard's story and its interpretation on the big screen in the latest Conan the Barbarian film. What I aim to point out is that the screenwriters sometimes miss a lot of the roots of the character when they just pick the coolest bit of a bigger whole.