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When you wish upon a tesseract: How Hope Larson landed the adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time, by Hope Larson

Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time, by Hope Larson

I’m slightly hesitant to even bring it up given what a bizarre, unnecessarily nasty clusterfuck our last comment thread on the topic became, but one project I’ve been tracking with great interest is cartoonist Hope Larson’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic science fiction novel A Wrinkle in Time. That’s why I was so struck by John Scarff’s report on the Hope Larson spotlight panel at last weekend’s WonderCon 2011:

Having been met by a few audible gasps when she mentioned that she would be adapting A Wrinkle in Time earlier in the panel, Larson explained how her involvement in the project came about. Jokingly referring to “a dinky little interview” a year ago when she suggested that it would be the only other author’s work she could see her self adapting, she was contacted by the publisher and the estate of Madeleine L’Engle. “I just can’t imagine a book that fit me as well as that one,” she said. “I wanted to be the one who was gonna screw it up.”

From Larson’s lips to God’s ears, apparently! I’m always delighted by stories about creative enterprises coming about in so fortuitous a fashion; I feel like it’s a good omen for the resulting work. Fingers crossed!

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I’m really looking forward to the adaption Hope!

Yes, color me excited too, and I have been since I first heard about this.

Wow, that earlier comments thread was jaw-dropping! It’s amazing to me what some people choose to get so worked up about.

Personally, I’m excited to read Hope’s adaptation. I’m a grown man, but the new Eric Shanower/Skottie Young adaptations of the Oz books got me interested in Baum’s novels for the first time. I anticipate similar reactions to “Wrinkle” among the plethora of younger readers.

Madeleine L’Engle is one of my all-time favorite writers. I, for one, was thrilled to see someone of this caliber picked to do the adaptation. I think it will make up for the disappointing Disney made-for-TV movie some years ago.

Yeah, that comment thread from last September made me a little bit sick.

Always thought that Madeline L’Engle was an over-rated writer who was particularly weak in characterization and dialogue. A strong visual storyteller stands a good chance of improving upon the the novel.

I’m definitely still looking forward to this one too. Been ages since I have read the book, so maybe I will dust that off in preparation.

Re: Earlier Comment Section -

Wow…just…wow.

Uhm, anyway, I’m pretty psyched about this adaption. I read A Wrinkle in Time a while ago (maybe 12-ish?) and enjoyed it. Maybe a little too surreal for who I was then. Love Hope Larson’s work, though and I’m really interested/excited to see what she does with it.

I looked at the earlier discussion, and while it was somewhat bitter, it seemed rather typical of how a certain subset fans behave whenever news comes that a beloved work is being adapted to another medium or is “re-imagined.” They get angry and accuse the adaptor of desecration before even seeing a representative sample. It’s not nice, but it’s hardly unusual.

My own view (it’s a strongly held and non-conformist opinion) is that A Wrinkle in Time is really not a very good book and mostly stands out because it is one of the first young adult science fiction novels with a girl as a protagonist. Now, I am unfamiliar with Hope Larson’s work, but she has a strong reputation, so I hope, that she has the skills to add levels of characterization that Madeline L’Engle’s original lacked.

I really find it difficult to understand why people react in this manner towards adaptaions, inspired me to write an article:

http://comicsandcola.blogspot.com/2011/04/adaptation-argument.html

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