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June 1, 2016

Ender’s Game: From Page to Screen

In less than 24 hours the movie version of Ender’s Game—Orson Scott Card’s bestselling science-fiction novelhits the big screen. If you haven’t read it yet, now’s the time. For me, re-reading it was like taking a field trip back in time. I plan to take another such trip when the movie opens tomorrow, November 1. I can’t wait!

There’s definitely a lot to look forward to with this film. I mean, c’mon: Ender Wiggin will come alive, the Dragon Army will deploy various squad formations around the galaxy, and as pre-teens often do, Ender and his friends will save the world. Fans will finally get to see the Buggers—the enemies of Earth that Ender spends most of the book fighting. Their name sounds like “booger,” so I expect them to look gross. The Battle Room will take full shape: kids diving everywhere, star barriers floating around, gravity pulls, bouncing, jumping, laser guns drawn and firing. (Personally, I’ve always imagined the Battle Room to be like a paintball fight in midair.) Speaking of the Battle Room, I’m looking forward to seeing how the production team portrays gravitational differences. And all the chaos. And all the bouncy movement.

I hope it doesn’t make me queasy.

Then there’s the virtual game within Ender’s Game, which Ender plays while sitting at his desk. The simulator connects Ender back to the vaguely remembered pleasantries of life on Earth—natural beauty, family ties, moral conundrums, and downright silly childish fun. Hopefully we’ll get to see some of the crazy places and meet some of the crazy characters Ender confronts in the virtual game, like the pack of kid-wolves or the ogre. These are some of the more vivid, beautiful scenes of the book, so I’m curious to see how they turn out on-screen.

Ender’s Game the book is packed with detail and action, and as with any film adaptation, there’s a lot of room for interpretation. The setting, time period, and world overall differ so much from our own. I’m curious to see what the movie creators have done with the imaginative, futuristic, and beautiful story. Really, how are they going to pull this one off? I have no doubt that they will. But still…it’s something I need to check out for myself, years after reading the book and days after re-reading it. There’s so much to this story—it’s so action-packed—that I can still hardly believe the movie is about to happen.

Prepare for launch. I’m buying my ticket. See you at the End of the World.



About the Author: Jamie is a Merchandising Assistant for Scholastic Reading Clubs. He is still waiting for humans to pioneer inter-galaxy travel, like in Ender’s Game.

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  1. Suzanne

    My book club selection for October was Ender’s Game and twenty-one students participated. As a culminating activity we all went to see the movie today. We did enjoy the movie, but it was the discussion afterward comparing and contrasting the two that was amazing. The students were so insightful.

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