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Old 09-06-2010, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

Since way back in the 1980's, Piers Anthony has written more than 20 novels about the magical World of Xanth: a place where Everyone has a magical talent, where monsters and demons roam free and where a simple pun can either save your life or get it taken.

If you don't know what I'm talking about then you really should look into Xanth novels - but only if you enjoy fantasy settings and silly yet memorable humor.

To give you an example, in one of the novels there was a female Demon whose magical talent was 'Straition'
'I could try to explain it ...' she said, '... but it's better if you see it for yourself.'

In my opinion these novels are a bountiful source of new movie material that would put C.G.I. to the test; re - creating the World of Xanth would be a challenge for any serious filmmaker.
My hopes are on James Rolfe, personally, because of his enormous potential and also his quirky sense of humor which would do this series of novels justice.

So, what do you guys think?
Is it about time for a series of Xanth films, or am I just dreaming?
Personally I would rather have seen them than Harry Potter or even the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

I never even heard of these books but they sound good. I really like the sound of "What of Earth?". I don't think it's part of the Xanath series but the plot sounds interesting.

IMDB didn't seem to have any listings for these works so if there's anything being worked on it's being kept close to the chest.
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I never even heard of these books but they sound good. I really like the sound of "What of Earth?". I don't think it's part of the Xanath series but the plot sounds interesting.
Oh, I guarantee they're worth a look - they're great light reading and really draw you in.
You'll want to go to Xanth yourself.
{Apparently, there is a way to get there if you consult the infernal machine: Com Puter}

The downside is that you may end up in Magician Murphy's service for 1 year.
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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

How light reading is it? I need a little substance when I read something, especially if it's a series.
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How light reading is it? I need a little substance when I read something, especially if it's a series.
My definition of 'light reading' is non - political.

It's not as complex as Lord of the Rings, but at the same time it's not aimed towards elementary school age kids either.
{although they could read it since there is very little violence and no sex}

Xanth's rich and eventful history is explored and revisited many times throughout the series {and I still haven't read them all} with many twists through different timelines, while making references to recurring characters.
In this way the characters of Xanth have developed very interesting relationships which in turn are revisited according to the needs of the story as the series progresses.

Honestly, I just can't do this great series of novels justice and so maybe the best thing is for you to check out the W entry:
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanth]Xanth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Xanth is massive, and I would very much like to see some movies about it.
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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

JG are you sure thats not a little too r for ru?
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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

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very little violence and no sex
So what does happen? I don't care if there's a lack of one or the other but both sounds like it might be boring. There must be magical violence at least.

I read the wiki and it sounds good but I'm still on the fence. Btw did you try the PC game yet?
[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companions_of_Xanth]Companions of Xanth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

Xanthan sexuality is a funny thing indeed.
Xanth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What does happen?
There's plenty of action and adventure, and each of the novels I have read have been real page - turners and difficult to put down.
It's just fun to read.
Piers Anthony's home page has a brief description of the storyline covered in each novel.
The Compleat Piers Anthony

Pet Peeve was the last one I read, {what a hoot} and a friend of mine just got Jumper Cable and says it's just as good.
I don't know your personal tastes so I don't know if funny fantasy settings dealing with literal puns would do it for you or not.
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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

I think I'll order a couple of these from Amazon since they're like 3.99-7.99 or so. I love long series but they have to have some reason to keep reading.
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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

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JG are you sure thats not a little too r for ru?
I've been trying to figure out what this means.
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Please explain.
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I think I'll order a couple of these from Amazon since they're like 3.99-7.99 or so. I love long series but they have to have some reason to keep reading.
I've read A Spell For Chameleon, Ogre, Ogre, Heaven Cent, Swell Foop, Night Mare, Man From Mundania, Crewel Lye, and Pet Peeve and can't remember anything 'bad' to say about any of them.
Maybe it was the trip through the Gap Chasm that makes me forget, or that time I looked into a Hypnogourd, perhaps.

I think you'll really like them - it seems like a lot of people do.
But some don't.

' I don't read no funny books.'

I forgot to say earlier that no, I never tried the PC game and never knew it existed until now, but thank you for letting me know about it, DB.

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Re: Piers Anthony and Xanth: what's the holdup, Hollywood?

He meant R as in Retro. He was implying that it might be too old for the average RU user.

I'm gonna order the first few books and if I like them I'll get more. If it's similar in tone to Hitch hikers guide then I might not get through them. No offense to that book or that style but it's just too off the wall for me. I like my stories grounded in reality more and less cheeky humor.
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