As I’ve made my way across China, I’ve been reading Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, both by Orson Scott Card. If you haven’t read these books, I highly recommend them both, especially because you won’t understand a lot of what I’m talking about. It turns out that there’s a movie in the works. I thought about that for a while and I’ve decided that Ender’s Game was not made for the big screen. The book depends too much on the Battle Room, which would be hard to replicate, and a lot of the best dialogue takes place in characters’ heads. None of these are contusive to a good film.
What they are good for however is comics. Think about it. The artist could draw a weightless environment easily and characters are always indulging in lengthy internal monologues in comics. . I am going to propose that the best medium for a retelling of “Ender’s Game” is as a web comic.
Some people may say, “Why bother retelling the story of Ender’s Game? We already have the book.” To you I say, That’s part of storytelling. How many movies, video games and television series are retelling stories that you can already find in books? A butt load, that’s how many. And why are there so many? Because A) people are too lazy to read this days, B) it’s really hard to come up with a really original plot and C) with each retelling, the story changes, it evolves. That’s why I can enjoy the book version and the movie version of the same story. In the hands of the right people, the exact same story can be told in different ways that perfectly matches the different medium.
I think there big potential for a web comic retelling an already established story. By no means would it have to be Ender’s Game. There are many books and movies that could work. It would hopefully bring new people into web comics and bring more respectability to the art form. Naturally this would have to be done legally, no making comics from other people’s intellectual property without permission.
So what do you guys think? The next big thing? Really dumb? Is it even a new idea? Are there strips out there that are doing this as I speak? What books do you think would be good in comic form?