• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:


    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

What happens when Steven Spelberg and Peter Jackson get together.

A Tintin movie!  Now we have some half decent trailers out ( the movie opens in Australia & NZ in December ) my previously skeptical approach has turned into quiet excitment. I was always a big fan of the comics & the animated series from the 90s and not sure Herge’s styalised characters would translate well into 3D, especially hyper-real computer generated 3D! I could be proven wrong and find the big-screen turns the characters into residents of the uncanny valley, but from the trailers I think they’ve found a happy medium between the real and the caricatured. We have the Art of TinTin out now and its packed with beautiful artwork- I’ve always been a sucker for movie art books!

There’s an article I read recently about the TinTin movie which espoused the idea that comic book stories and even fantasy/sci-fi genre stories would be better suited to this style of hyper-real animation. I must admit I baulked at that. While animation is certainly fun, I feel that the current techniques of computer assisted wizardry that allow live action fantasy & sci-fi are amazing and I think we’ll always be slightly more moved/excited/scared by something that involves real people. What do you think? Would you be happy if your favourite fantasy or sci-fi book was turned into an animated film rather than live action?

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4 Responses

  1. It looks sensational! I’ve been so looking forward to this, and now I’m thinking it will actually work and work well! 🙂

  2. It’d suit me fine – I love animation!
    I’m also really looking forward to this movie; I grew up with Tintin, and the trailers look great.

    • Don’t get me wrong KJ, I love animation, but if it was a choice between the two for my favourite novel movie adaptation, I’d rather see it in live action. Its definitely the right choice for Tintin, where there was already a kind of exaggerated stylised look to the people, but for a book which largely features “regular” people or a comic that ostensibly is supposed to be set in a realistic earth, I’d prefer to see real people.
      That said, I think animation might be a better choice if it was going to be a TV series, due to their generally smaller budgets ( and therefore dodgier effects ). Unless of course its Song of Ice & Fire, then you can attract all the money you need 😀

      • I guess I was partly thinking that if I was lucky enough to get an adaptation at all, I’d feel too fortunate to want to risk being picky!

        (The Song of Ice and Fire TV series kicks arse, doesn’t it? I saw the cast at ComicCon! And by that I mean that I almost died in the crush. I bet that would’ve improved the viewership for the show, and maybe my book sales as well!).

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