Tomorrow on what would have been Octavia Butler’s 70th birthday, The Huntington Library is hosting the Octavia E. Butler Studies: Convergence of an Expanding Field. In honor of the conference. Here is a link to fascinating factoids about Ms. Butler:
I love B sci fi movies and I love the fact that a terrible movie help inspired a notable career.
“At 12, Butler saw Devil Girl from Mars (1954) on TV, a movie about a Martian woman sent to Earth to capture human males and replenish her own planet’s dwindling male population. Butler knew she could write better sci-fi, and would later say the movie inspired her first forays into fiction”
For information on the conference here
Why Hasn’t Octavia Butler’s Work Been Adapted
In a town that loves adaptations, it’s a shame that no one has embraced the fascinating stories told by one of our nation’s unique writers: Octavia Butler. As a fan of both Octavia Butler and Sci Fi, I would love to see the disturbing tale of Fledgling brought to the big screen. An original vampire tale regarding Shori, a 53 years old vampire who looks 10. With the success of the Twilight series, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, it’s surprising that no one in Hollywood willing to take a change an bring this character to life.
I would love to see a character who looks just like me moving through time and space. There is still some trepidation in Hollywood to feature a sci-fi movie featuring a person of color, who is not Will Smith? Can’t you imagine Tarji P. Henson or Thandie Newton starting in Kindred – the time traveling tale dealing with slavery and familial connections.
Tyler Perry has the means and resources, namely his own studio, to take a chance a tackle one of Ms. Butler’s complex. There is an audience for this material. Racialicous has started a book club devoted to her works Octavia Butler Book Club. To quote Field of Dreams “Build it and they will come.”