[ExI] Heinlein critique

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Sun May 31 13:59:31 UTC 2020



> On Behalf Of John Clark via extropy-chat
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 3:46 AM
Subject: Re: [ExI] Heinlein critique


On Fri, May 29, 2020 at 3:45 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org <mailto:extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> > wrote:


>> How about Enders Game?  The movie version did a good job with the point of the book: that Ender was tricked into being a warrior.


>…In the movie Ender was a teenager but in the book he was 6, however I think that was a change for the better; 6 just wouldn't have worked. Very good movie although I wish it had made it as clear as it was in the book that Ender had actually killed the bullies Stilson and Bonzo and hadn't just hurt them.


 John K Clark




Ja, Ender was created as a superhuman intelligence thru genetic engineering.  Bean from Ender’s Shadow was even smarter.  That really wasn’t an option for movies to have a 6 yr old Ender: you can’t get sufficiently talented actors that age to pull off the role.  The movie version also introduced sexual tension, which improved the story in a way, and of course is a strict requirement for all Hollywood movies.


That was a rare example of one where I really liked the movie after having read the book.



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