January 31st, 2010 10:49 EST
Artemis Fowl Sure to be the Next Harry Potter
In two weeks, the theaters are going to be packed with people waiting to watch Rick Riordan`s masterpiece Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I`m going to be one of those people. Young adult novels are the hot topic for movie makers, from Twilight, The Vampire`s Assistant, and Harry Potter to The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
I`m not Nostradamus, but I`m nearing the end of the Artemis Fowl series, The Time Paradox, and I`m getting the vibes that this could make a very, very good movie.
From the main character, the juvenile mastermind Artemis Fowl, to his faithful, unquestioningly loyal bodyguard, Butler, to the fantastic fairy recon officers Holly Short and the centaur Foaly, Eion Colfer has created a complex, and enjoyable rewrite of the Faerie world and its residents.
The first movie would be young Artemis`s adventure in capturing a fairy officer to hold ransom for a mountain of fairy gold. The Lower Elements Police reconnaissance team, called LEPrecon for short, springs into action with technology those who live on the surface haven`t even heard of.
Wits match and sometimes surpass technology in the battle to retrieve the officer Holly Short from Artemis. Each mistake he makes helps Holly return home, while each blunder of the LEPrecon puts fairy technology into the hands of a genius.
As you read Artemis Fowl, it`s easy to see each of the characters in your mind. Make sure you grab the novel Artemis Fowl, a graphic novel is out and about, but doesn`t match up to the novel itself. This is a bit of a shock to me, since the Maximum Ride graphic novel actually lent James Patterson a hand in telling the story.
I`m willing to bet in the next three to five years we will see an Artemis Fowl movie.