Ender’s Game

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Ender’s Game, a book written by Orson Scott Card, was introduced to me while I was in middle school.  This was the most enjoyable book I had ever read and is still one of my favorites today.  The book is about a genius child, named Ender, who is trained to command an army against an alien race called the ‘Buggers’.  Recently a movie adaptation was created and aired in theaters that left me feeling depressed.  The amazing book could have been brought to life but the movie was made poorly.  Overall it was a decent movie and reviewed with mediocre scores from most sites.  In the middle of the book Ender had to command a small army of children to fight other kids in a battle simulator.  The battles take place in a zero gravity chamber where the kids are given guns that can freeze others.  The battle is won when someone reaches the opposite side of the room where the enemy enters.  There is no way to describe these battles without giving it the justice the book gave.  The only other complaint I have is that they make the kids look ridiculous and everything looks different then I had imagined.

In the movie they just glanced over the best part of the book.  The movie should have followed the same pacing of the book and spent the majority on Ender’s strategy in fighting the other children commanders, but they glanced over it.  The director, Gavin Hood, did a decent job at making a movie that would earn money, but not a movie to be remembered. If someone watched the movie without reading the book they would have found it enjoyable, but anyone who had read the book could see all of the pieces missing.  The point I am trying to get across is that directors should attempt to work with authors more when creating a film.  An example of creating a movie adaptation done correctly is the Harry Potter series, where the multiple directors always worked close with the author J. K. Rowling.  Without working with the author, the director has to figure out what made a book successful by themselves instead of just asking, and it turns into disappointments like Ender’s Game.

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