Flashforward - TV show from a book

@ElicBxn (61063)
United States
September 23, 2009 10:30pm CST
Well, they change a number of the premises of the book, for one thing, they change the time of the flash forward from 21 years to 6 months - a change much more in line with the needs of a TV show. They also leave the scientist and follow other people, again, something that would appeal to a TV show, especially in this day of the ensemble casts that work pretty well. But the thing that really makes me happy is that its from one of my FAVORITE writers! Robert J. Sawyer! I'm so happy one of his books has finally been picked up by the media! maybe they will make his Hominid trilogy movies if this goes well!!! YEAH!!! Go Robert - I hope they paid you well and you can write lots more GREAT books!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
24 Sep 09
Good morning elic, I love to read but am not famaliar w.sawyer. What kind of books does he write. I'll have to check him out. Glad u are pleased about this. Have a happy Thurs. Hope your mom is doing well.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
he writes science fiction - which I don't believe I've ever dodged the fact that I love the stuff - and - he's a really nice guy
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I had forgotten that u had said u like SF, nothing wrong w/that. I don't like it but good thing everybody is not alike sure would be a boring world, lol. thatnks for telling me.
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I did not know this show was from a book. I've been interesting in maybe watching this show. I, however, have been disappointed in the past cause you just can't get the true feel of the book when it is made into a movie or tv show. Look how Stephen King's books have been butchered. But since this is an episodic show rather than a mini-series or made for tv movie maybe it will be better. I'm hopeful and hope I get to watch. Otherwise I'll have to check it out online.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
well, as I said they've made some changes, and I don't have a major problem with the changes they made, because the time frame of 21 years in the book just won't work for a TV show - 6 months is better
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I lik ethiose kinds of book and am sure they might pick up on makeing a tv movie of it!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
http://abc.go.com/shows/flash-forward
@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
24 Sep 09
[b]Okay...Geezerhood has arrived.... What books of his have you lent to me, Elic? I can't place his name. Is he the one who wrote about the human who met an alien & then wound up going to his world & becoming unable to relate well to humans any more? I'd sure like to see those books made into films! (Pretty cerebral for film, though, perhaps....) Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
he wrote the ones about the alternate dimension where Neanderthals had survived
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
24 Sep 09
Flashforward is due to start here in Australia next week and from the promos I’ve seen I have to say it looks great and I’ll be checking it out for sure. I don’t know anything about the book; I may have to read it although watching a story from a book on the screen is usually disappointing because the book is always so much better. Great achievement for an author to have your book made into a film or a TV series!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
well, as I said, they have had to change some things because the timeline of the book is too extended to make a good TV show, but I think it should be a great show because its a great premise...
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@scififan43 (2437)
• United States
6 Oct 09
I have heard of the tv show Fash Foward but I have not seen it as of yet. I have howevr met Robert J. Sawyer at a sci-fi convention two years ago. I have not read his books but I have become famaiar with him. I also heard about this show on a podcast and seen the adds. I think I will look into this show soon.
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
6 Oct 09
he's a very nice fellow isn't he?
• United States
7 Oct 09
Yes he is, I rember at the conention that I was waching an intervew with him that was recored on a podcast and he had ask the question who watches a certion tv. show and I raised my hand. then he had me answered and I spoke up, I acclucly got recored for a podcast that day. lol. it remimed me of the days I was in high school or colege. lol.
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• United States
25 Sep 09
HI Elic: I watched the show and I thought it was TERRIFIC!! I had no idea it came from a book how cool is that? The only drawback is its on the same time as Survivor but praise be for VCR's right? LOL! I would like to read the book sometime hopefully he got paid quite well..(G)!!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I thought it was pretty good myself! Since I HATE Survivor (and those other - so called - "reality shows") it has no competition for me
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• United States
27 Sep 09
LOL!!![u][/u]
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
24 Sep 09
Hey Elic! I didn't know about this book so thank you for enlightening me. This show looks like it is going to be a definite hit! You will have to keep us updated as to how loosely it is actually based on the originally story. You have already said that they have changed some of the plot for "made for tv" audiences as would be expected! From what I have seen of the "teasers" it does look like something I would definitately enjoy watching! I am looking forward to the premiere tonight!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
I'm trying to stay awake for it - didn't get enough sleep last night..
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I honestly can't remember too much about the book - except I remember reading it - like in 2006...
@BarBaraPrz (24568)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Sep 09
I don't think I've read any of Robert's stuff, though I have heard of him (he is from Toronto, after all). And I haven't heard anything about the show (I've been away from fandom for ages, now). Let's hope they do a good job of it. Do you have any idea who's to be in it?
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
http://abc.go.com/shows/flash-forward
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@BarBaraPrz (24568)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Sep 09
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out fully later on.
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@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
26 Oct 09
I defintely enjoy watching this series. We watch it every week. It's up there with The Amazing Race and Survivor. I'll have to get the book to see how they fare against each other.
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
26 Oct 09
they are pretty different - I'm interested in seeing what the differences are too
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
24 Sep 09
Oh great, this was a book? Why hadn't I seen this before? This is exactly the kind of book I would like to read. Do you think I can find it in the library?
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
24 Sep 09
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_J._Sawyer I'm sure you can find some of his books - just look him up