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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Is it unrealistic to even attempt to make a movie? Reply with quote

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I'm a little nonplussed by the references to "statutory rape" in some posts. We are not told what the norms of the people of the Land are in relation to consensual sex between girls of Lena's age and men of Covenant's age.

What we are told is that "Something that her people thought of as a gift had been torn from her." That is the heart of the matter in terms of the story. If Covenant had received Lena's intimacy as a freely given gift, rather than tearing it from her, the situation would have been completely different morally.

We are not told anything in the text that allows us to conclude that the fact that Lena is below the statutory age of consent in some US States (but not in others, not in Canada, and not in most Australian jurisdictions, to give just some examples) would have any bearing on the moral status of her, or Covenant's, freely chosen actions in the Land.


Lena's infatuation with Covenant was as undeniable as it was fatal - the violence in Covenant's act betrayed his intentions though, and his inner monologue depicts a man in a frenzy of emotional upheaval.
There's little doubt that his act is a heinous one, SRD manages to evoke a visceral reaction with very few words in this instance.

The problematic issue of integrating the foul rape of Lena into any type of adaptation is a vexed one and not easily addressed.

On top of that; the first novel is a tricky adaptation in other ways; Lord Foul's Bane starts brilliantly; disorienting and intriguing - but once Covenant delivers his message to the Lords things would need some tightening, imo, to maintain the type of momentum needed for a tv series.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Is it unrealistic to even attempt to make a movie? Reply with quote

DrPaul wrote:
I'm a little nonplussed by the references to "statutory rape" in some posts. We are not told what the norms of the people of the Land are in relation to consensual sex between girls of Lena's age and men of Covenant's age.

What we are told is that "Something that her people thought of as a gift had been torn from her." That is the heart of the matter in terms of the story. If Covenant had received Lena's intimacy as a freely given gift, rather than tearing it from her, the situation would have been completely different morally.

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I think we weren't told those things because they couldn't possibly affect the story. In the context of a story about a protagonist from our world, written for readers from our world, there are only two things that matter: Covenant's definition of right/wrong and the readers' definition of right/wrong. It wouldn't matter one bit if Covenant's rape of a 14 year old girl was "erased" by her acquiescence combined with a lax fictional society. Donaldson had his protagonist rape a child in order to convince us that he could truly go either way, good or evil. If there was wiggle room to view this as anything other than evil, it would entirely miss the point.

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The problematic issue of integrating the foul rape of Lena into any type of adaptation is a vexed one and not easily addressed.
Why? Have you seen Dexter? Game of Thrones? Breaking Bad? Anti-heroes are becoming cliche, there are so many of them. This won't be controversial ... it will have the opposite problem: seeming derivative.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:14 am    Post subject: Re: Is it unrealistic to even attempt to make a movie? Reply with quote

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Why? Have you seen Dexter? Game of Thrones? Breaking Bad? Anti-heroes are becoming cliche, there are so many of them. This won't be controversial ... it will have the opposite problem: seeming derivative.


I certainly have seen those shows and made the exact same point as you did on the same page of this very thread - anti-heroes like Walter White and Tony Soprano have paved the way for Thomas Covenant to an extent.

However I see the rape scene as a discrete issue which could and probably would cause tv execs to get skittish and would rattle and divide any potential audience should it actually be produced.
I know GoT has featured more than its share of rape and misogyny.
And it 'got away' with it for a while, too - until a couple of scenes in later episodes which caused a big backlash and show-runners Benioff and Weiss were forced to more or less admit they'd mishandled things.
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I speak specifically of Jaime Lannister having seemingly non-consensual sex with his sister Cersei, and the Bolton bastard raping Sansa.
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That was maybe a year or two ago now; if anything the climate for stuff like this is even more fraught now, with social justice watchdogs keeping tabs and protesting loudly about everything from casting diversity to sensitive portrayals of LGTBI characters.

The use of a rape to further the rapists story has been under the microscope for a while now, and to think it wouldn't be a huge issue is ignorant imo.

Now, I have no problem with the way SRD used the rape of Lena to build his story at all - we both know that, despite initially avoiding punishment or repercussion for his crime, Covenant pays for his sin a thousand times over, and never, ever forgives himself or lets himself off the hook - and the pain and confusion the act causes Lena and her family reverberates throughout the entire chronicles.

But it plays out over a long period, and for a while there it seems that SRD isn't going to address it in a satisfying way. He does.
But I'm not sure a modern audience would grant any visual Covenant adaptation enough leeway to allow the complexity of the rape's implications and repercussions to develop.

It would be extremely tricky to handle the scene in a way that keeps audience members with no prior knowledge of the story onboard imo - I'm sure we all know people who put the book down at that point in the story, too, never to pick it up again.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Is it unrealistic to even attempt to make a movie? Reply with quote

SleeplessOne wrote:
I certainly have seen those shows and made the exact same point as you did on the same page of this very thread - anti-heroes like Walter White and Tony Soprano have paved the way for Thomas Covenant to an extent.
Woops, missed that. Embarassed

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However I see the rape scene as a discrete issue which could and probably would cause tv execs to get skittish and would rattle and divide any potential audience should it actually be produced.
I know GoT has featured more than its share of rape and misogyny.
And it 'got away' with it for a while, too - until a couple of scenes in later episodes which caused a big backlash and show-runners Benioff and Weiss were forced to more or less admit they'd mishandled things.
Spoiler:
I speak specifically of Jaime Lannister having seemingly non-consensual sex with his sister Cersei, and the Bolton bastard raping Sansa.
.


Those two rapes were gratuitous, with very little follow up to provide context. There were no characters passing judgment of the rapists, for instance, speaking the outrage of the audience. Nor did they vomit immediately afterwards, or express any grief whatsoever. Nor were they sympathetic victims of a horrible disease, a car wreck, or society shunning and alienating them.

And more importantly, they didn't think that their victims were part of a dream. In Covenant's mind, he didn't rape anyone ... and yet he still feels guilty about it.

In the end, the rape itself could just be implied. You don't have to show it.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Re: Is it unrealistic to even attempt to make a movie? Reply with quote

Zarathustra wrote:
SleeplessOne wrote:
I certainly have seen those shows and made the exact same point as you did on the same page of this very thread - anti-heroes like Walter White and Tony Soprano have paved the way for Thomas Covenant to an extent.
Woops, missed that. Embarassed

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However I see the rape scene as a discrete issue which could and probably would cause tv execs to get skittish and would rattle and divide any potential audience should it actually be produced.
I know GoT has featured more than its share of rape and misogyny.
And it 'got away' with it for a while, too - until a couple of scenes in later episodes which caused a big backlash and show-runners Benioff and Weiss were forced to more or less admit they'd mishandled things.
Spoiler:
I speak specifically of Jaime Lannister having seemingly non-consensual sex with his sister Cersei, and the Bolton bastard raping Sansa.
.


Those two rapes were gratuitous, with very little follow up to provide context. There were no characters passing judgment of the rapists, for instance, speaking the outrage of the audience. Nor did they vomit immediately afterwards, or express any grief whatsoever. Nor were they sympathetic victims of a horrible disease, a car wreck, or society shunning and alienating them.

And more importantly, they didn't think that their victims were part of a dream. In Covenant's mind, he didn't rape anyone ... and yet he still feels guilty about it.

In the end, the rape itself could just be implied. You don't have to show it.


I absolutely agree that there would be no need to actually show the rape - also agree with your post upthread that the story can't proceed effectively without the rape scene - it's just a hard one to get across to a greater audience tuned to being outraged about the use of violence against women to further the perpertrator's story arc.
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