July 16, 2010

AS O'BRIAN IS AUSTEN WITH BOATS...:

Interview: Naomi Novik on her Temeraire series: From Neverwinter Nights to the Napoleonic War — with dragons (CLEA SIMON, July 14, 2010, Boston Phoenix)

Your books are basically the Napoleonic War with dragons. How did you come up with that?

I became a fan of Patrick O'Brian shortly before I started writing the Temeraire series. I was introduced to his work by the movie Master and Commander. I had always been a fan of the Napoleonic Wars era and had by that point read about 10 biographies of Napoleon, just for fun, and I love Jane Austen and the Regency period afterward. What O'Brian brought to the table was this idea of mixing swashbuckling adventure with comedy of manners, and that was the missing element that made me really want to write it. And dragons, well, I've been a science-fiction and fantasy fan my whole life. Somehow, that seems quite natural to me.

And now Peter Jackson has signed on to make a Temeraire movie?

We actually made a handshake deal before the books were even published. It took quite a while before the legal details were ironed out, and now he has the option. He has people down in New Zealand exploring things.


Posted by Orrin Judd at July 16, 2010 2:47 PM
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