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Arthurian Literature

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diamondlil
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Postby diamondlil » Mon September 8th, 2008, 9:27 am

"Spitfire" wrote:I know what you mean about the Richard Gere thing. That is why I really try not to watch a movie before I read the book that it is based on, and that I am really interrested in reading. It is really hard not to visualize the actor and what the actor was doing in the movie whilst reading the novel. I hadn't watched the movie First Knight since the 80's (or close thereabouts, can't remember when it came out...long time ago anyways) so it no longer came to mind when I read the book. If this is the same for you, I say go ahead and read the novel, EC won't let you down. But if the movie is still fresh in mind, you just might want to wait abit...or alot! :rolleyes:



I am not 100% sure, but I think you will find that EC was contracted to write the movie of the book, not the other way around.
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Postby alice » Sun September 14th, 2008, 2:24 pm

I read a really good Arthurian series a few years ago, by Helen Hollick. I don't remember much about the Pendragon's Banner trilogy now, except that I really enjoyed it at the time.

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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Mon September 15th, 2008, 11:00 am

"alice" wrote:I read a really good Arthurian series a few years ago, by Helen Hollick. I don't remember much about the Pendragon's Banner trilogy now, except that I really enjoyed it at the time.


Yes, Helen Hollick's trilogy is excellent.

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Postby Vanessa » Mon September 15th, 2008, 3:31 pm

Is that the Helen Hollick who wrote a couple of pirate books recently, which are currently in my TBR pile (I think I was attracted to them due to the Johnny Depp/Captain Jack Sparrow phenomenon!! :o )?
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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Mon September 15th, 2008, 4:53 pm

"Vanessa" wrote:Is that the Helen Hollick who wrote a couple of pirate books recently, which are currently in my TBR pile (I think I was attracted to them due to the Johnny Depp/Captain Jack Sparrow phenomenon!! :o )?


Yes, that's the same author. She wrote the Arthurian trilogy, then two books on King Harold / Queen Emma (also excellent). Now she's moved on to pirates! I've not read those yet, though.

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Postby Vanessa » Mon September 15th, 2008, 5:23 pm

They look good fun! :)
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Postby EC2 » Mon September 15th, 2008, 10:32 pm

Just trawling the forum before bed-time and started reading through this.
I was hired to turn the script of First Knight into a novel by Columbia Pictures as part of their marketing peripherals. I had enormous problems with it at first because it's a fantasy script and doesn't have that much medieval about. 'But Lancelot's a peasant! What's he doing with a sword!' 'And why is Arthur a hundred and three?' And the weapons and armour are all wrong!' Then I calmed myself down. Told myself it was fantasy and to get on with it already!
So.... I wrote the book of First Knight from the film script and it was an interesting learning curve. I got to see Pinewood studios and the film set and to meet Gerry Zucker the producer. Unfortunately Sean Connery and Richard Gere weren't there on filming day. Rats

Arthurian fiction. The Mary Stewart tales and Rosemary Sutcliffe remain my favourites.

I've got Helen Hollick's Arthur series but I haven't read it. However I've read her pirate books and they're excellent Sea Witch and Pirate Code. I'm seeing Helen and we're going out for a meal after attending a writers' festival weekend after next. Should be fun.
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Postby Christine Blevins » Tue September 16th, 2008, 1:47 am

It has been years since I read it, but I remember THE ACTS OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS NOBLE NIGHTS by John Steinbeck being a great, albeit unfinished, work.

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Postby EC2 » Tue September 16th, 2008, 9:15 am

"Christine Blevins" wrote:It has been years since I read it, but I remember THE ACTS OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS NOBLE NIGHTS by John Steinbeck being a great, albeit unfinished, work.


Yes, I enjoyed that one - apparently! I can't remember anything about it now, but it has a 9 out of 10 in my ancient reading diary from the late 70's/early 80's.
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Postby donroc » Tue September 16th, 2008, 12:01 pm

Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat is supposedly based on King Arthur.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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