The Dragonlance novels were my favourite series of books when I was in high school. The Dragonlance books made me want to play Dungeons & Dragons in the first place, but I never found a group to play D&D with until near the end of my university career.
so many every other Dragonlance fan s, my favourite character is the highly intelligent, cynical/sarcastic, physically-weak, and extremely ambitious Wizard, Raistlin Majere. He is by far the least-liked of the party of adventurers. Everyone can relate to feeling left out in some way, at some point in their lives, which is why Raistlin was so popular.
Apparently, Raistlin Majere is being voiced by Kiefer Sutherland. Sutherland has a really sexy voice, and he’s a great actor. I don’t watch 24, but I remember him being really good in Dark City. Keifer Sutherland’s role in Phone Booth really made me take notice of his voice. He plays the terrorist who is talking on the phone to Colin Farrell’s character. He doesn’t make a visual appearance in the film until the end. Sutherland has a deep, gravelly voice. Raistlin Majere has a physical ailment which makes it hard for him to breathe, so he’s got this whispering, wheezing sort of voice. I think Sutherland should be able to pull that off.
Another famous actor who announced her participation in the film is Lucy Lawless, who will be playing the plainswoman Cleric, Goldmoon. Goldmoon is the catalyst for the adventures that begin in Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which is the first book in the first trilogy of the novels. Goldmoon has been entrusted with proof of the gods’ presence on Krynn (the world/planet in Dragonlance). At the point in the timeline when the story begins, it is widely believed that the gods had abandoned the people a few hundred years before, right after a great Cataclysm. I think Lucy Lawless should be all right as Goldmoon. I am not too fond of her voice, but she’s a decent actor anyway. I hope her American accent has improved since her Xena: Warrior Princess days, though. Apparently, the actors will all be using American accents, except the Elves who will sound “European” — whatever that means.
The Dragonlance movie is going to be an animated movie, based upon Dragons of Autumn Twilight. They plan on a continuing series of films, but it depends on how well the first one does. They’re aiming to make it a PG-13 film, which more or less matches the books’ content. I’ve always thought that it would be awesome for a movie to be made, and I think animation is ideal for the adaptation because they can show everything they need to show.
The books themselves are not literary masterpieces, but they’re great entertainment. In gaming terms, the use of the D&D character classes and party composition is traditional and balanced. It’s almost like the writers basically took the D&D Player’s Handbook and made a standard D&D party. The characters really make the books come alive, though. The characters are the strength of the Dragonlance novels, so I hope they write them as true to the books as possible.
I’m really looking forward to this movie, and I hope they don’t screw it up.
Trivia: My Animal Crossing: Wild World town, “Wayreth”, is named after the Tower of High Sorcery of Wayreth, one of the five bastions of magical teaching on the world of Krynn.
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