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Artemis Fowl From Disney Alters The Books

Kym Du Toit

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Artemis Fowl was a big hit back in the early 00s. Many were drawn into the tale of the 12-year-old criminal mastermind. The books were exciting, charismatic, and energetic. Although the series didn’t quite become a global phenomenon like other pre-teen books of its time (here’s looking at you, Rowling). Preteens couldn’t help but find Artemis’ shenanigans endearing. Then this year Disney Plus released an Artemis Fowl adaptation which completely alters the books.

With the first of the books being such a hit back in 2001. It was a given that nostalgic fans would rejoice at Disney’s announcement to adapt the series. That was until the film released earlier this year. The reviews were harsh, but unfortunately not completely uncalled for if you were a Fowl fan.

It’s no shocker that Disney enjoys adding their own spin to originals. It’s what makes them a great contender in the filming business. But, Disney is not immune to the odd movie flop and it appears that Artemis Fowl fell into this category according to reviews.

But why was the movie so poorly received? Although the cinematography was pretty impressive, and big names were cast. It’s the story line that caused an uproar from beloved fans.

Let’s take a look at some key differences between the first two books and the 2020 film.

Becoming a criminal mastermind

In the written series Artemis Fowl is a mini villain who gradually becomes the antihero of the story. Eoin Colfer even described the first instalment as ‘Die Hard with fairies’. Anyone who read the books knows that the twelve-year-old was a criminal genius from the get-go. Absorbed in the family business, he spent years learning how to take over from his father.

But, the film takes a different route. Artemis gets sucked into the crime world only with the disappearance of his father. Artemis Sr. (played by Colin Farrell) is taken by a mysterious hooded figure.

Artemis is also less villainous in the film. Instead, he adopts a softer approach. This does cause some confusion towards the end of the film. He is characterised as a criminal mastermind which doesn’t quite fit the bill.

Artemis is amoral from the start of the book. This makes his transition to anti-heroism that much sweeter.

The film integrates the first two books

The general layout of the film is like the timeline of the books. But it was the second novel The Artic Incident where Artemis’ father vanishes. In the first book of the series, we followed the story of how Artemis kidnapped the fairy Holly Short to steal gold.

The movie seems to incorporate the first two novels, mixing storylines in an attempt to pave a new plot. This includes swapping the villain of the second book with a mysterious figure. This doesn’t cause a harrowing issue, but it is confusing for those who read the original books.

Though, it does pave the way for a sequel.

The backstory of Holly Short

Speaking of Holly Short, Artemis Fowl(2020) has given the fairy a new backstory.

The screen adaptation shows Captain Holly to be the daughter of Beechwood Short. Beechwood is a traitor to the fairy world. Holly seeks to absolve him from blame.

Holly and Artemis’ friendship timeline also differs. The movie shows the two becoming closer as the story progresses. But they did not form a friendship until much further on in the written series.

Unfortunately, due to the changes in central plots. Holly is a less distinguished character in the film as she was in the first novel.

The customary suit outfit

The suit, which plays a huge part in Artemis Fowl’s character, doesn’t make as much of an appearance in the movie. He begins the film wearing a hooded top and jeans, gradually adopting his smarter image.

Ferdia Shaw (Artemis Fowl Jr.) portrays his character as more athletic. The book describes the preteen to be pale and out of shape, he also despises the outdoors. He chooses to spend most of his time at his computer, seeking new criminal ideas.

Perhaps Disney chose to make the lead a more relatable character.

The Aculous

Another of Disney’s new additions to the adaptation. The Aculous did not appear in any aspect of the original saga.

The first book follows the plot of Artemis seeking to steal gold from the fairy world. He kidnaps Holly Short in the hopes of claiming it. Yet, in the film, it is the Aculous which causes sets the premise for the movie plot. The acorn-shaped item is the key which opens a portal to the fairy world. Though, the acorn-esque style could be a discreet nod to the acorn that Holly Short uses to regain her magic.

Overview

All in all, when placed next to the books the film doesn’t quite hit the mark. But, if your childhood was not shaped by the great works of Eoin Colfer. And you are not familiar with the wonderfully-written series, then all is not lost.

As a separate entity to its original literary appearance, Artemis Fowl (2020) from Disney is action-packed. The cinematography is great, and the cast is pretty superb.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 3/10


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5 Things You Missed In Bridgerton

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Since its Christmas release Bridgerton has become a jewel in the Netflix crown. The series adaptation skyrocketed through the charts topping number one within weeks. It recently established itself as the biggest series launch in Netflix history. But there’s plenty that you might’ve missed in Bridgerton.

There is a lot to take in throughout the show’s first season. From a gossip columnist ruling the high society’s movements to inter-class relationships. This series is one that encapsulates regency culture. But there are quite a few visual easter eggs dotted between the abundance of corsets and jewels.

Let’s take a look at some things you may have missed throughout the first season.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

1. The bee that won’t buzz off

.Often between scenes, the screen will focus on an insect flying around an open window. This is particularly obvious during the closing scene after Daphne gives birth. The bee flies away and the end credits roll. Benedict also has a bee embroidered on his shirt collar. But what does the bee signify?

There are two possibilities for this, and the clues lie in Julia Quinn’s sequel, “The Viscount Who Loved Me.” In the second book and a possible route the producers will follow for the second season, the bee is big news. It’s clear that the Bridgerton patriarch is missing, but we don’t find out why. According to the sequel, Sir Edmund Bridgerton dies from a bee sting. Could the beloved father and husband have reincarnated into a bee? Or does the bee simple signify his presence?

Another possibility points to the heir to the Bridgerton estate. Viscount Anthony Bridgeton played a vital role in the first season. And if the second book of the series is anything to go by, he could play an even bigger part in the next. Quinn’s “The Viscount Who Loved Me” explores Anthony’s struggles with his father’s death.

Anthony is well known to be one of the most notorious rakes in the ton. But it’s his father’s death that hangs over his potential for marriage. The Viscount knows love exists after watching his parents’ happy marriage. Yet, he has no intentions of falling in love himself. He is convinced that he will die young like his father. That is until a bee forces his hand in marriage to Kate Sheffield, who turns out to be his soul mate.

2. Wait, was that an Ed Sheeran song?

That’s right. Classical covers of modern-day pop songs play throughout and can easily be missed in Bridgerton.

The harmonious notes of string quartets and soft harps are common in regency films. But Bridgerton takes it one step further. Staking their claim that the series is a modern take on regency life.

Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” plays out during the first ball of the season. Simon and Daphne’s rain scene is accompanied by a rendition of ‘Wildest Dreams.’

Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes and Celeste are also some of the artists used by composer Kris Bowers.

3. The family colours

Fabrics of silk, satin and soft Chinese cloth adorned highly ranked families of the 1800s. Each family of Bridgerton displays their house colours which are always adhered to.

The Bridgerton’s colours seem to be more subdued than other families. Their colours typically include soft blues and pinks. As the prominent family of the social season their colours represent old money. Whereas the Featherington’s wish for nothing more than to show off their new fortune. Their colours and patterns are far more extravagant.

Once Daphne and Simon are engaged, both sides of the family begin wearing purple. A show of both houses coming together.

4. White roses

Flowers are another thematic sign you might’ve missed in Bridgerton. In particular, white roses. Usually, all white roses appear when Daphne is on screen. For example, Simon plucks a white rose for the debutante during their promenade. The two also canoodle in front of a rose bush during Lady Trowbridge’s ball.

White roses symbolise purity, innocence and youthfulness. They are also associated with young love and eternal loyalty. Both meanings link to the Duke and Daphne. Although, the irony that Simon takes away her “innocence” before an engagement is not lost on us.

5. Lady Whistledown’s identity

We don’t find out that the infamous Lady Whistledown is Penelope until the end of the season. But there are many clues hidden along the way. Some that were no doubt missed while marathoning the show.

Penelope placed herself in all the situations she needed to be to write her columns. For example, if you look closely at Simon and Daphne’s first meet, the gossip can be seen watching.

Penelope was also part of the Featherington household, where Marina Thompson resided. Marina’s pregnancy occurred much earlier in the season than when Lady Whistledown divulged. The news only broke when Penelope and Marina’s friendship was on the rocks.

Netflix have recently announced that they will be running a second series. The date is yet to be set due to the pandemic. But no doubt fans will be waiting with bated breath to catch another glimpse of the town’s most famous rakes.


Have you spotted any more easter eggs in the series so far or things people might’ve missed in Bridgerton? What are your thoughts on the upcoming second season? Let us know in the comments below.


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