Episode 64 of Speculate! — Joe Abercrombie Writing Discussion

Red Country

Welcome to Episode 64 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode, our final one of 2012, we conclude our triptych of shows on Joe Abercrombie‘s Red Country with a discussion about some of the specific writing techniques used in the novel, examining aspects of setting, character development, determining the place of a book’s characters in the world they inhabit and the importance of writing what you love.  We conclude with wishes for a happy and peaceful holiday season, never more necessary than in the wake of the horrific tragedy at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut; we pay tribute to the victims at the end of the episode.

If you like what you hear, please spread the word, and thanks for all your support in 2012.  We’ll be back in the new year with new shows examining the speculative fiction genre which we love.  Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!


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4 Responses to “Episode 64 of Speculate! — Joe Abercrombie Writing Discussion”

  1. Paul Weimer (@princejvstin) December 27, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Hi guys

    I found the digression about the evolution of Bilbo Baggins insightful, and it pointed out (to me) a flaw in the movie. The movie changes Bilbo’s heroic arc. In the book, he doesn’t really start to make that turn until Mirkwood and the spiders,but in the movie, it occurs at a different point. I didn’t buy it.

    • Brad December 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      I agree, Paul. There were a lot of things in the movie that felt hamfisted to me, altering the intent of the book to fit the movie’s narrative arc. On the one hand, I understood why they made such changes, but on the other, it grated against my Tolkien-as-written sensibilities.

      • Paul Weimer (@princejvstin) December 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

        On the heels of listening to this Speculate today, I am listening to Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy.

        They do have “The Tolkien Professor” on in the backend, who defends the film. It’s an interesting take.

  2. Greg December 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Interesting about “The Tolkien Professor”…I’ll have to check that out. In general I’m with you guys; I thought the movie was good, not great, largely because Peter Jackson decided to make LOTR 0.5 instead of making The Hobbit. I loved his LOTR films, but this had the feel of getting the band back together rather than telling what is essentially its own tale with some LOTR overlap. Since The Hobbit was my favorite book as a child, I find this approach kind of disappointing. And although I think they nailed Bilbo for most of the film, I agree that the ending made him into some epic figure which I would argue the book never presents, and certainly not that early. On the positive side, I think they got the dwarves right for the most part, and I thought Richard Armitage was dynamite as Thorin.

    I’ll still go to parts two and three, and I thought part one was a solid movie…but it could have been better. It may end up looking good as part of a three part arc, though…we’ll have to wait and see on that.

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