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From ths month's SFX:

Tim Powers, author of On Stranger Tides, which was ultimately adapted by Disney and blended into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie:

"I went to see it (the first movie) and concluded well no, they don't appear to have stolen anything from me," the American author remembers. "And then very shortly after the first movie came out, Disney optioned my book and at that point I stopped fretting about any parallels because I figured well, If they're buying it, I have no quarrel."

Fast forward a few years and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is about to hit cinemas. At this point, there are writers who would be worrying over whether the integrity of the book has been maintained in the transition to the big screen. Powers clearly isn't one of them.

"I wouldn't care if somebody was to buy one of my books and say we're going to make it an animated musical with chipmunks," he says. "I'd just say, 'Fine, why are you telling me? I don't care."

He prefers the attitude of crime writer James M Cain, the author of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. "People would say, 'Mr Cain, what do you think of what Hollywood has done to your novels?' And he would simply point at his bookcase and say 'They haven't done anything to them - look!"

I think I need to buy a copy of this guy's book on the strength of this alone. Plus is sounds like it might be pretty good. And as for the quote, I'd like to stick it under the nose of every Alan Moore and Anne Rice out there.
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