Dear Wingfeather Scholars and Appreciators of the Strange, Neat, and/or Yummy, Chris Wall and I have a grand adventure for you! There are things in the works behind the scenes at Shining Isle Productions… and while we aren’t quite ready for a wide reveal yet, you can help us with something very important.
When translating a story from a book (which relies a lot on your own imagination, no matter how descriptive the writing is) to a visual medium (like a graphic novel or an animated adaptation on screen), some aspects of storytelling change. One thing we’re looking at is how to drop little clues into the early parts of the story which prepare viewers for big realizations later. Another thing we’re looking at is what events are happening at the same time, but in different locations. Knowing these things helps the animators tell a stronger story, and it helps us ratchet up the suspense—like the last minute of the short film, where the scene cuts from the Igibys sitting down to dinner, to Gnorm, and then to—well, if you haven’t seen it yet, no spoilers. 😉 [But you can watch here!]
Ferreting all this stuff out promises, in the words of Jennifer Trafton, “Glory! Heroism! Adventure!” And a whole lot of nerdery, which is one of my favorite things. 🙂 So come on up to the Historical Archives section of the Great Library. I’ve reserved us a dusty corner where we can surround ourselves with books, tea, large lengths of parchment, and perhaps some dried plumyums (no juiciness near the books, please! But snacks are important in any historical endeavor).
Warning! This project will be super spoilery, since we’ll be talking about everything in the series at once. Please only dive in if you’ve read all the books! I would hate for you to discover things out of order; that’s so discouraging. If you haven’t read the books yet but want to help, then, in the words of Jinto Qweb, “Hurry! Reading is fun!” We’ll be working on this for awhile, and you can join us as soon as you’re done. 🙂
And now: Onward! to the Archives and Victory!
This week, Madame Sidler will be reading chapters 71-73 (and the following interlude) in The Warden and the Wolf King. Join us on Friday for an excerpt and discussion! And meanwhile, do join us in the forum—there are lots of fun conversations happening, no matter where you’re at in the books!