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Why didn’t Peter Jackson consult me?

Peter Jackson has recently confessed — pardon me — announced that adapting THE HOBBIT to the silver screen will be a trilogy.


Lord of the Rings was long but cut the content to movie length. Fans raved about the extended editions, but to me they were a cheap marketing ploy to prey on fanboys chomping at the bit for “MORE” regardless of quality of relevance. The extended editions weren’t truer to the books, didn’t reveal hidden depths of character or explain cut content. On the contrary, things I expected to be explained were simply glossed.

All the extended editions offered were more scenes much like the ones you’d already seen.

So if LOTR could capture 3 volumes in 3 movies, how many movies would it take to capture THE HOBBIT, adapted to screen, which is much shorter?

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Cliche Dodging: The Heroes’ Council

Council of ElrdonI’ve reached a point in FRAGILE GODS that’s annoying me. And the reason it’s annoying me is that it’s been done to death.

The first dangers have been survived, the early challenges surmounted. Now the author needs to explain to the reader some of the wider politics of our fictional world, while the heroes need to understand their course of action for the next book (or in some cases, three).

Enter the ¬†Heroes’ Council, where high ranking members various factions congregate to explain to protagonist (or have him explain to them) just what to do next. Tempers may flare, sides will quarrel, heroic sacrifices might be offered.

Tolkien had the Council of Elrond. George Lucas used war rooms congregated around a holographic presentation, or in the prequels, the Jedi Council.

Brandon Sanderson’s version was to have a heist gangleader outline ideas on a chalkboard while his crew chimed in.

I’ve reached a point in the plot where just such a council has occurred, and I’m thoroughly nonplussed by the idea. Yet in terms of plot, it was necessary; Azai is heading north specifically to convince several tribe chiefs of his plan. And the big chieftain would be out of character not to involve trusted advisors and friends.

Are there alternatives to the cliche scene?