Three-Body Problem being adapted for Netflix

I bought this book a while back intending to read, but have mostly been reading non-fiction since. It’s a beloved scifi series by Chinese author Liu Cixin that is supposedly quite mind-blowing. So much so that the internet freaked out when they found out it is being adapted for Netflix. That lasted all of about 10 seconds though because then the internet found out the showrunners would be the guys who are widely thought to have botched the end of Game of Thrones. Now, I quite enjoyed the GoT series. Even the ridiculous end. Yes, it was problematic for me as a viewer, but it wasn’t my art. I am the audience. I can have my opinion (really, Dany? really? I don’t buy it), but I have no right to demand the artists involved give me anything other than whatever their vision was. Fan culture has degraded into consumer culture (much like academia: “A C-??? But my parents PAID for this course!”), wherein the fans act like they’re investors in a business rather than appreciators of art. It sticks in my craw when people claim ownership of art, because once they feel they own something, they feel they have a right to have it exactly as they want. Wrong. The only way you get to have it exactly as you want is if you are the one who made it. And let me tell you, it very seldom turns out exactly as you want anyway. So calm the fuck down. You’re not investing in a show, or comic, or book, or album, or painting: you’re paying for the chance to experience it. Vote with your wallet if you don’t like something, but otherwise either make your own art or shut the frig up.

“Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of the universe,” Benioff and Weiss said. “We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”

The project boasts an all-star lineup behind the camera. In addition to Benioff, Weiss, and Woo, Rian Johnson serves as executive producer along with Brad Pitt and Rosamund Pike. Author Liu and accomplished sci-fi writer Ken Liu, who translated the English versions of the first and third books, serve as consulting producers.

“David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo have experience tackling ambitious sagas over time and space,” said Peter Friedlander, vice president of orginal series at Netfix. “Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman have long dazzled fans with thrilling and mind-bending epics. They are all fierce advocates of ‘The Three-Body Problem.’ As ardent fans, it was especially meaningful to us to get the support of Liu Cixin who created this expansive universe. We all share the same goal: to pay homage to this incredible story and take members on the adventure of a lifetime.”

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