The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

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The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Postby Jack Remillard » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:24 pm

Any other fans of that series here? :) They were my favourite books as a child, and they are still among my favourite books. Really captured my imagination.
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Re: The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:46 pm

Only seen the film.
He willnae tak' a drink! I think he's deid! , on the other hand though A Midgie in yir hand is worth twa up yir kilt.
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Re: The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Postby Jack Remillard » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:43 pm

The film is terrible, isn't it? :lol:

The very least of the changes was to change the British main character to an American to make him seem "more of an outsider". The change in nationality was pointless, but if it had just been that and they had made a genuinely good film which had captured the spirit of the original to an extent, I could have gone along with it. But they did not make a genuinely good film which captured the spirit of the original. Nor did they make a genuinely good film in its own right which didn't capture the spirit of the original. They made one of the worst films I've ever seen. In its own right. :D

It's not a big deal in the great scheme of things, but I think it was a real missed opportunity to make something special. It was a mistake, in my opinion, for them to adapt a book that they didn't actually like for the big screen. :D
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Re: The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:57 pm

It was watchable, and I did not know the books existed so I did not have anything to compare it to.
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Re: The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Postby Jack Remillard » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:44 pm

Fair enough. :) I know what I thought, and the general reception of the film, but that's obviously not an objective truth... If you enjoyed it, good. :)
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Re: The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Postby Jack Remillard » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:31 pm

You know, I'm really quite surprised not to find any fans of the books here. :) It's really the kind of thing I think many Terry Pratchett fans would like.

I'm a bit rubbish at reviewing things, but here's a link to a load of Goodreads reviews. :)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1130 ... g_Sequence

Here's my take on it anyway. :)

The series predated Harry Potter by a good few years, but has some things in common with it. For example, the main hero in it is an 11 year old English boy who discovers at that age that he is a wizard (or Old One in the terminology of the series). The series is a story of a prolonged battle by the 'Light', a supernatural order of incognito theoretically immortal beings to prevent their evil counterparts ('the Dark') from rising and taking over the world and the hearts of humanity.

I think it's great. Magic, elements drawn from British mythology (the Arthurian aspects really appealed to me as a child), time travel, and some very mature recurring themes for the intended age groups (notably love and betrayal, and the need to sometimes do terrible things in order to do 'good'). :) It feels much more 'adult' in tone to me than the Harry Potter books (though I did like them).

Anyway, I recommend it. :)
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Re: The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Postby Tiffany » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:49 pm

I read Susan Coopers books years ago & Alan Garners too. :D
Didn't know there was a film of The Dark Is Rising though.
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