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Legend of Adaptations: How to Adapt Legend of Zelda

One of my favorite video game franchises is the Legend of Zelda. This thirty six year old series has had many games starting from the NES days all the way up to the Switch. This includes handheld games like the Minish Cap and Link’s Awakening to the iconic console games like Ocarina of Time and Breath of the Wild. As well as two Japanese exclusives in the form of two Tingle games. Personally, my favorite is Majora’s Mask with Twilight Princess not too far behind.

Despite it’s popularity, it hasn’t quite reached the same status that Mario and Sonic have had. For better or worse. It did get an animated series in the form of 1989’s Legend of Zelda which loosely followed the events of the first game. Unlike Mario and Sonic, who got several. And when it comes to live action adaptations, Legend of Zelda has not received one. What is has gotten, is a series of manga based on several different games.

That said, of The Legend of Zelda were to get an adaptation, live action or animated, the question becomes: How Does One Go About Adapting Zelda? That’s what I’m here to discuss. I’ll probably turn this into a series, where I discuss how I think it would be best adapted.

Starting with this, I’ll be discussing how I think it should be handled. If it should be a movie, a series, or both. From there, my next post will address how they should go about adapting the games. Starting with Sky

Movies or Shows? Both?

While each game could be their own movie, I do feel like it should be a hybrid of both. The reason I say that is because of how the timeline for the games breaks apart after Ocarina of Time. I feel like it could cause less confusion and viewers could watch each timeline consecutively or simultaneously.

But what is this split timeline, and why does it matter? I hear you asking. To summarize, when the 1998 Nintendo 64 game, Ocarina of Time was released, how it ended caused a sort of ripple effect. While one would think that there would only be one timeline considering Link was sent back in time, as his child self to stop Ganondorf. Thereby canceling out the future timeline he went to. However, it ended up creating three separate timelines. Think of it as multiverses, but in the form of alternate timelines that don’t really interact.

There is the Child Timeline, which covers Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and Four Swords Adventures. This is where the hero success and the future adventures and rebirth of the Hero of Time.

The Adult Timeline, which consists of The Wind Waker, The Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks, covers the future the Hero of Time left behind. In order to prevent that timeline’s Ganondorf from escaping, Hyrule is flooded. These two timelines are the timelines where the Hero of Time is successful in defeating Ganondorf.

The third timeline addresses the notion of the Hero of Time failing. This timeline consists of A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening, Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages (a.k.a. The Oracle games), A Link Between Worlds, Triforce Heroes, The Legend of Zelda (1986), and Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link.

The only games that do not fit into this timeline are the Hyrule Warrior games, which are spinoffs, and of course, the Smash Bros series, which is a fighting game that crosses over a number of Nintendo’s properties.

As for Breath of the Wild, it’s place in the timeline is meant to be a sort of end of the timeline. Whether or not it’s at the end of one timeline or where all the timelines end, I don’t think it has been confirmed yet.

Why Both?

Circling back to why I think an adaptation of the series should be both movie based and series based is because I feel like it would be a simpler solution. I do feel that due to Ocarina of Time and the branching timelines, it would be better logistically to have a few movies kick it off and have three concurrent series. The series would start off as four movies: Skyward Sword, The Minish Cap, Four Swords, and Ocarina of Time, and branch of into three series to cover the three timelines.

Because Ocarina of Time split the timeline into three, I feel like it would get either really confusing or really odd if the studio that picked up Zelda did every game as a movie. For example, if they did one movie from each timeline every year, it might get confusing for the average movie goer, because each release wouldn’t fit in the same timeline until the Child and Adult timeline movies were done, with the Hero falls timeline running longer. Alternatively, viewers might find that it drags on if after each timeline, they jump into the next, until they’re through.

I think three branching televised series could work better. Since each timeline doesn’t intersect, theoretically, the studio could run three separate shows simultaneously. Each series would dedicate a season to a corresponding game. This would give viewers a chance to check series out if they want and each season would give time for them to develop.

For instance, I do not seeing them condensing Twilight Princess into a two hour movie. And with as many games in the Hero is Defeated timeline, which might not require as much playtime or aren’t necessarily long games, they could work well as maybe thirteen episode seasons.

And before you ask, I will discuss a possibility for Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time to be two part movies and an alternative if they went the series route for both.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the Legend of Zelda series is one I think could be adapted under the right circumstances. Whether that be in the form of a series of movies, shows, or a combination of the two, with the right hands, it could be a successful adaptation. But what do you think? Should Legend of Zelda ever be adapted? Do you think it should it be live action or animated? A series of movies or a serialized show?

Seven Sisters: A Review

As the old saying goes, Never Judge a Book by It’s Cover. Covers have a way of drawing people in, and while that may not always mean the book is good, it was what got me into Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters series.

Working at a library, I get to see what comes through on a pretty regular basis. A few years ago, someone had returned the large type copy of Moon Sister, the fifth book in the series. I picked it up, not knowing it was the fifth book at the time and was curious. So when I found out that Moon Sister was the fifth book in the series, I decided to give the whole series a try. While some people may argue that you can read them separately (in theory) since each story is about a different sister, I do feel it’s best enjoyed reading it in order. Plus, one book may reference back to a previous one, so reading the entire series certainly doesn’t hurt.

And that’s what I did. I mostly stuck with the large type versions when I could. Because while my sight doesn’t need larger print, I had a preference for reading it in Large Type. The only acceptations were with Shadow Sister (Book 3) since my library did not have a large type copy, Sun Sister (Book 6) since I checked it out when it first came out, and The Missing Sister (Book 7), which I purchased around it’s release date.

Series Synopsis

After the sudden death of Pa Salt, six sisters are reunited. All of them were adopted and each sister is named after a part of the Seven Sisters constellation, with the seventh remaining unfound. Each sister is given some information into their past, including a name and a location.

The Notion of Finding (Blood) Relatives being Problematic

Before I hop into the review, I would like to address. That criticism is one that I have seen with this series as a whole. Essentially, it has to do with the fact that it has these adopted sisters, who spent their entire lives together, going out and looking into their blood family. It may come off as unnecessary as well as it may seem disingenuous for adopted siblings, and by extent adopted families, in general to do so. While I do see where that critique comes from, and wouldn’t dismiss it, I doubt that was the author’s intent. Having read all but the last book (which as of this post is unreleased), I personally never got that feeling. I could be wrong, which I am willing to accept, but I just didn’t read into it that way.

Personally, I saw it as each character looking into where they came from while still being very close to the adopted family they grew up and bonded with. They already knew they were all adopted, with each sister comes from a different race and ethnicity, and loved their family through and through. I read it as each character looking into their family, based on the individual (who for the most part is deceased with living relatives) that Pa Salt wrote down for each sister.

The Review

In The Seven Sisters, our focus is on Maia, the eldest. She is a known translator and is the closest with Aly (Alycone). Her search brings her to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which leads her to finding an elderly lady living in the home Pa Salt gave Maia coordinates to. Along the way, Maia meets up Floriano, a man she has been translating a book for, and they both try to find out more about Izabela. During this time, Maia finds out more about her heritage, family, and love.

Positives

Overall, I feel like this book was a great way to set up what we would expect from the series going forward. It introduces the revelation of Pa Salt’s death, introduces the siblings, and sets up the journey each will be going on when they decide to look into their family history. It also introduces the set up of getting a look into the lives of the person each sister is looking into.

With how it’s split, I do feel like the change in point of view (first for the sister and third for the person they’re researching) is a good set up. While it might always not have to do that when dealing with this kind of set up, it doesn’t hurt the book. I think it is a creative way to separate the two characters.

Out of all the sisters, Maia is certainly one of my favorites. She didn’t seem overly spoiled and was curious. She also seemed to have a close bond with Pa Salt, which given that she is the eldest, it would make sense that she felt particularly closer to him than some of the others.

Izabela’s story was also a pretty interesting read. I enjoyed how she wanted to find love and learn. However, due to her family’s social status, she found it hard to find love that didn’t feel arranged. I also like how her story tied to the house and the elderly lady that lived in it.

Negatives

One critique I do see with these stories is how the dialogue doesn’t always feel good or how the sisters interact with each other. While I personally see where they are coming from, I would say that it was less of an issue for me when reading it. That’s not to say it couldn’t use work, just that other things bothered me more.

While I do get why the elderly lady doesn’t want to be bothered with Maia’s inquiry, I do feel like she was a little harsh/stubborn. It does work itself out eventually, but this was a character who wasn’t that likeable initially when I first read it.

And I can kind of agree with the critique with how Izabela treats the man she married. Because while I know she loved the gentleman who was working on Christ the Redeemer, but I do feel like they could have handled the husband and the constructor situation a little differently. Because, again, while I get the reason for it, it does feel a bit unfair for Izabela’s husband, who genuinely loved her.

Conclusion

Overall, I would give The Seven Sisters an eight out of ten. I enjoyed the concept and some of the characters, but there were areas that I feel it could have done better. This book is one of my favorites, with the Moon Sister being the other. So if you’re looking to check out something a little different, I would recommend giving it a try.