I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sexified Myst?

There's an interesting discussion sort of happening on the Cyan Forums titled Cyan, you're sitting on a pile of gold... HBO!

Long story short, people are discussing the dark aspects of the games, hinting at the fact that they are not child-proof.  For some, if Myst were to become an HBO show, which would probably mean a lot of sex and violence (in combination with a really awesome story), this has brought up some discomfort.

A lot of stuff I love to watch (TV and movies) tends to be rather graphic, such as Oz, Game of Thrones, Hannibal (to name some TV) and, well, don't get me started on movies because this post would be longer than War and Peace.  Thus I am not prudish when it comes to this stuff (I can be prudish in other ways though.  A friend of mine laughs at me because I am half prudish and half wild -- I have no idea how I manage this.).  However, I can see how it would be really weird to include sex in an adaptation of Myst, simply because it doesn't appear in the source material.

Now, I know that it happens in the story...I mean Gehn doesn't get dropped on Aitrus/Ti'ana's doorstep, and of course there is the part in the Book of Ti'ana where, when Aitrus is delivering his closing arguments and he mentions Ti'ana is in labor, the council chamber erupts with some giggles.  One imagines nudges and winks and other subtleties that tell us the men of D'ni are no less immature than the men of the surface haha!  Sillies.

However, is there really room to put in sex scenes?  I guess there could be?  The Book of Ti'ana is rather abbreviated, I mean, we don't even get to see a wedding in the book, which could be added in a TV series, so this could lead to some steamy scenes.  But how much more could there be?  Even if the entire Myst series--books and games--were adapted there couldn't really be that much there.  *eyebrow raise*  Let's see...Aitrus/Ti'ana, Gehn/Keta, Atrus/Catherine, Marrim/Eedrah.  I suppose the series could stand to give Veovis some girlfriends because the guy is handsome and charming and rich.  Surely he would have been quite the ladies man.  But there's not really much to work with.  And I actually think it would be really weird to see any.  My aunt, when she saw my picture with Rand commented that he wore his jeans well, which immediately made me uncomfortable because...dude, that's Atrus.  So not something I want to think about!

Violence on the other hand is an easy one, because it's everywhere.  Violence seems so much easier for people to handle, after all it is very present in the series.

I don't really know where I am going with this.  Thoughts?



As an aside, I have a bone to pick with the books.  I find all the female characters extremely flat.  Did you notice they are all basically Anna?  Well, I guess Anna isn't flat, but all the others are exactly like her which makes them flat.  Catherine is kind of an oddball which gives her some distinction.  Yeesha is a freak also, but still they are all the same person.  I find that so frustrating.  

11 comments:

Lucy Garden said...

The concept art for Obduction suggests we will have a strong woman character in that - about time - I agree with your view of the Myst canon. Most of the DRC were/are also men? There aren't many female Cyan employees.

Briana Jackson said...

I'm glad that someone agrees with me! And yeah, that female character certainly does look very "strong woman" so that will be fun! Seriously, if you compare Marrim to Anna (especially before she gets to D'ni) they are basically the same character.

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Briana Jackson said...

Oh wow...let me try to respond to this. Your comment startled me when I opened my emails this morning.

I don't think I intended to admit sexual fantasies vaguely or otherwise, so I'm a little disturbed that whatever I said came across that way haha! I was trying to wrap my head around where sex would be fitted into the story, not describing sexual fantasies.

"Please don't be a rare case of a person who knows what Myst is"...I'm not sure I understand what you mean by this. As far as I am concerned it's just a story and really awesome games, not something that addresses anything heavy. Regardless of how "adult" it can be, it's still very lighthearted.

The strong woman thing...I consider Anna/Ti'ana a strong woman type, but what I mean about the others is they are carbon copies of her, speech patterns and all, which makes them flat. Catherine and Yeesha have their degree of weirdness, but over all they are all basically one character -- in my opinion.

I don't necessarily need strong women in everything I watch/read. In fact, I sometimes get irritated when people mistake female characters wanting to have romantic relationships as not being "strong". Why can't she be strong and independent as well as be in love with someone? Scarlett O'Hara comes to mind. Some members of my family admire me for getting my education rather than getting married and having kids at this stage in my life, so much so that they are shocked when I talk about some dude I have a crush on. My sister even said something like "I didn't know YOU could have crushes." What?! According to many, woman can be either strong and independent OR married with kids. I guess it's hard for some people to swallow if they are both.

However, I do get irritated sometimes when I watch action films, and the quintessential wife shrieks and is hysterical all the time. When the husband, who she knows has a dangerous job, calls and says to do this and that and leave the house, she spends ten minutes freaking out and asking a million questions. It's so irritating that I want to climb in there and slap her across the face and say "don't ask questions, just do it!"

Do I need it? No, by God that's true simply based on the movies I watch. But it can be all the more refreshing when one appears. Let's take Disney's Frozen for example. Now, I love love love Disney animated movies, so I am not put off by princess stories -- I mean, duh, they come from pre-existing fairy tales. But Frozen rocked my world because it was about sisters! And I loved Brave because it was about mothers and daughters. That movie is spectacular, and both female characters can be considered strong, though in different ways. I know body image comes into play with these movies, but I never notice that stuff until I read articles complaining about it. For instance, there was some complaint about why Rapunzel's hair turns brown when it loses its magic, and people thought it was some negative thing about brunettes, which makes NO sense because Flynn tells Rapunzel he always preferred brunettes. And with Frozen, there was an article about female wrist-to-eye ratio (wrists are smaller than eyes). But I never noticed this until I read that. I don't sit there and analyze Disney movies. My favorite is The Hunchback of Notre Dame by the way, and if any movie should be analyzed it's that one. Also, look at Mulan. No one can argue about her strong woman status, but she still ends up going out with Shang. So I think people go a little far sometimes in this route.

I have to disagree quite strongly with you about gender neutrality in the world. You should read up on some of the latest news and you will see we are far away from neutral anything in that respect. In the United States alone there are so many horrors regarding gender.

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Rivyst Myven said...

You did the wisest thing; not replying to the weirdo.

Briana Jackson said...

Actually I only just checked my email so I didn't see your comments till now. But thanks for letting my board your spaceship to escape the apocalypse haha.

Rivyst Myven said...

I'm just weird mate, I keep stigmatizing myself for being such a fool. Let's just end it here.

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