Thursday, August 14, 2008
So today I had a phone conversation with some people. It was a conversation with cool implications for the future. It's a long way from anything certain, and I can't tell you what it was about, but I can tell you my girlfriend's reaction....

When I finished with said conversation, I called Sarah and told her about it.

Then she said, "That's so exciting that I'm going to puke."

As you can see, I'm not the only wordsmith in our relationship.

In lieu of cool news. (That's a fun sentence, by the way. You should say it out loud. Do it.)

Here's a photo someone sent me of the Italian version of the book, on its home turf. Note the awesome castle in the background.

Later all,

pat (From a crappy hotel computer in Indianapolis.)

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Blogger Larry said...

I'm going to guess that the words "movie," and/or "option" and/or "deal" figured into your phone conversation. And if that's so, I find it somewhat more exciting than the recent news that Universal has just made a deal for a Wheel of Time movie.

August 15, 2008 7:33 PM  
Blogger Icarus said...

I going to go with "movie rights" as well since "Book 2 released in September 2008" is just too much to ask for.

August 15, 2008 7:44 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

wheel of time movie??

I think they're biting off more than they can chew with that...

And is it to early to congratulate Pat on whatever his news contained? If not, consider it done.

August 15, 2008 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Thorn said...

I'm also feeling that this sort of obviously means a possible movie.

August 15, 2008 8:04 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

couldn't be a movie, I bet its trading card game instead

August 15, 2008 9:52 PM  
Blogger Robert Crandall said...

I'm reading your book again now. It makes me so very sad that April 2009 is far away.

I know that has nothing to do with your post. It could even have started with "In lieu of cool news" just to show that I read both your post and the parenthetic notation within the post. So really I'm just being lazy.

But in all fairness, I've waited to post this comment until you blogged again. Friday night? Yeah, dedication.

Re: movie, I don't know. I love your book as a book. The writing makes it magnificent. My "levels of book greatness" ranges from:
Stumble on words | Can't see what's happening
Read words | Can picture the action
Read sentences | Can hear the characters
Read paragraphs | Can see, hear, and the book has a soundtrack

Name of the Wind is one of the few books that generates its own soundtrack when I'm reading it. I'd hate to see this turn into yet another movie trying to cash in on a good book because hollywood is out of original ideas.

On the other hand, it could only generate more readers for your book. Besides, given the right director and cast, it could be one of the best movies. Oh, let's go for hyperbole. EVER!

BTW - for the "who would act in the movie were the book to get signed" post from a year or so back, I have someone for Denna now. Some say I'm slow...
Denna - Madeline Zima

August 15, 2008 10:23 PM  
Blogger Mainjari said...

In a couple weeks I'm going to go to leave my comfortable North Carolina home to spend a semester in Florence, Italy. I'm scared and worried, wondering what the hell I was thinking signing up for such a thing as I barely know two words in Italian, and I'm not counting Italian pastas because it wasn't funny even when I did.

But now for some reason knowing that I might get a chance to get the Italian version of your book with the weird-crazy cover without having to do overseas shipping, I feel a little less ill. I take in what little comforts you can.

August 15, 2008 11:39 PM  
Blogger Sedulo said...

Magnificent. "This really cool thing happened that I can't tell you about...OH LOOK A PHOTO OF MY MY BOOK IN ITALY!"

I was distracted, really! Now, just shivering in anticipation. Good luck. I hope whatever it is, it is something you want.

August 16, 2008 1:20 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Holy crap, Larry! Wheel of time optioned? You, sir, just made my day and deserve a medal.

"In lieu of cool news."


Although, if for a moment I were to reserve my excitement, a Wheel of Time movie would have to cut out soooo much. Still, it'd be awesome to see the golden Dragon tattoos on Shia LaBeouf's forearms. For Shia is the only actor man enough for Rand al'Thor...

... ...

I just ruined the internet, didn't I?

~Cap'n Joe

August 16, 2008 1:26 AM  
Blogger marky said...

"So today I had a phone conversation with some people."

"Then she said that’s so exciting that I'm going to puke."

This could end up hurting my head if I start thinking it’s a movie.
Teasing your readership. Cruel. Cruel. Cruel. Go on tell us. You might burst if you don't!

"In lieu of cool news. (That's a fun sentence, by the way. You should say it out loud. Do it.)"

Aye. It's fun. However, it does not work in a Michael Cain accent, but it does come into its own when you introduce a little Connery and an eyebrow lift. Sweet.

August 16, 2008 4:40 AM  
Blogger merus said...

Guys, guys, let's not run away with ourselves here. It might not be a movie deal.

It could be a video game deal.

...or it could be an invitation to write something not Kingkiller Chronicles related with or for someone/thing really cool. Like an invitation to submit a script for Joss Whedon's new TV show.

August 16, 2008 5:24 AM  
Blogger Chris said...


August 16, 2008 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I'm probably going to ruin the surprise, but I'm going with table top game and the big news. If I guess right, it's because there was talk of this at the session at the Indy library on Thursday night. That would still be awesome. What would be even more awesome would be an may be the only thing to break my World of Warcraft addiction. :)

August 16, 2008 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, here's my guesses:
tv mini-series (allowing more time for the plot); comic-book adaptation, aka, graphic novel; someone's producing statuettes or action-figures of the characters.

-- Amy E.

August 16, 2008 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this talk about WoT being optioned and no one mentioning SoT becoming a series. November first people!

August 16, 2008 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I said it out loud. Then I laughed at myself, and had to sit in embarrassment as I was pointed and laughed at by my own subconscious.

A movie would be totally badass. But theres all that worrying that it will totally 100% suck compared to the book. :::Cough Harry Potter. cough cough Eragon cough cough cough 1984 Sneeze::

The possibility of a graphic novel, that makes me fan-girl squee. A table top game-wicked. An audio book, TV-mini series-all sweet.

August 16, 2008 2:23 PM  
Anonymous pdxtrent said...

Hmmmm. I don't know, but I think I am gonna lean towards the "getting to write something cool in someone elses playground" Maybe Joss Whedon, but I am hoping for Doctor Who. Seriously. A Rothfuss Dr. Who ep. would rock!

August 16, 2008 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's obviously a NOTW themed cereal, followed shortly by granola bars.

August 16, 2008 3:17 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

I just wanted to make a quick note. A couple new readers have just become aware of you coming to dragon con. Previously on the fence deciding to go or not, and finding you on the guest list just pushed us over for the first time into the geeky gooey goodness that is DragonCon. Glad to hear you're coming to the con and hope Atlanta is enjoyable. Go to the aquarium if you have time. We have sea otters.

August 16, 2008 4:28 PM  
Anonymous krighton said...

busting the thread topic but it was really nice meeting Pat at Gencon today, very gracious and just as fun in person as he is on his blog (if that's possible).

thanks again.

August 16, 2008 5:28 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

I definitely laughed out loud at the NOTW cereal...

August 16, 2008 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the talk is about a movie/show, I really hope you are involved in the production process. At the least, I hope you get to be involved with the finding a director part (or maybe it IS a director who called and wants to make the book into a movie?). Please don't just sells the rights off to some company and let them do w/e they want with it. I can't imagaine you would do something like that though.

To the other stuff ... the first Harry Potter movie rocked IMO. Sure it wasn't some masterpiece, but I felt it did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the first book.

WoT movie? That's interesting. I think it will be the first time I am actually glad that all the little details are removed. WoT is a classic example of too much writing hampering the story (obviously just my opinion).

To the person who pointed out the SoT trailer, thanks. I had been following the development of the series but obviously I am a little behind. I have to say though, the trailer left me a little dissapointed. Still, there is hope...we'll just have to wait for Nov 1!

August 16, 2008 11:36 PM  
Blogger matt said...

Actually, an inside source just revealed that the Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier, currently under construction at Northrop Grumman, will be christened the USS Patrick Rothfuss. Rumor has it, this $8 billion project is being nicknamed "The Kvothe."

August 17, 2008 6:16 AM  
Blogger Wysen said...

anonymous said WoT movie? That's interesting. I think it will be the first time I am actually glad that all the little details are removed. WoT is a classic example of too much writing hampering the story (obviously just my opinion).

Not just your opinion, glad I'm not the only one who thought that when I heard the news. I just hope they also keep the record-skipping repetitive character features out of the movie as well. *cough* Pulling on hair braid as the only way to show a character is angry. *cough*

As for the news Pat, I honestly hope it's not a "movie rights" and it's more of a "HBO/Showtime rights" would much rather see my books on screen in miniseries format than tried to cut into 3 hours.

Done well with a narration like a Dexter-like narration. Yeah that makes me drool.

Though I would be just as happy with NOTW: the breakfast cereal or NOTW: the flame thrower. Ahhhhhh.

August 17, 2008 8:03 AM  
Blogger craig said...

Just a quick note to say I recently finished your book. Although I didn't really appreciate the way you had me staying up much later than I should to finish it, I really enjoyed it. Thanks, Craig in Nyc

August 17, 2008 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Athena said...

Oh no! Please let it be something along the lines of a huge convention thrown in your honor, or discovering that you're about to win some sort of incredibly awesome book award that will require you to give a speech to the public. OR! That you'll be on! That Joss Whedon heard of your caveman-hate-love and decided to invite you to feature in his new series in some way!

Anything BUT a movie. Anything.

August 17, 2008 1:11 PM  
OpenID pangalactic said...

This has nothing to do with your post...although if, indeed, the words "movie" and "deal" were featured in your conversation then that's awesome!

I just wondered if you were aware that Brandon Sanderson lists you as one of his favourite fantasy writers and as somebody who he would have liked to see complete Wheel Of Time is he hadn't been picked.

That is all. I'll stop taking up space on your blog now.

August 17, 2008 3:15 PM  
Anonymous The Kip said...

Wheel of time movie, so will this just basicly be a collection of badly rehashed plots? Wow, thats so wonderful that I might just want to set all of the movie industry on fire.

Here are my guesses:

1. Sara is pregnant and you decided to kname it Kvothe.

2. The fashion industry has decared your beard the new "Hot style of autumn 2008", all the actresses and actors are scrambling to get one.

3. Your life is being turned into a movie, You will be played by both Will Smith and Sean Connery simultaniously, to fully encompass the full awesomeness.

4. You found out Heath Ledger is not really dead, and will be playing kvothe whenever you book becomes a movie.

5. Due to some random rift in time a T-rex appeared outside your house, after thuroughly taming it the government decided to allow you to keep it.

6. You have been declared a natural resource, Russia is attempting to claim mining rights.

7. Atlantis has been found, you have been declared King of it.

8. God called, He asked if your refrigerator was running....

August 18, 2008 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

I'm giddy over news that I'm not even sure what it is yet!

August 18, 2008 7:55 AM  
Anonymous tomas said...

guys guys guys, if this has anything to do with a movie it's obvious that the conversation included the dreaded words "We want Orlando Bloom to play Kvothe"

August 18, 2008 8:19 AM  
Blogger Fe2O3 said...

In clue of blue shoes...


in loo of new fuse...


in blue of few true...

damn, I just made an assonance of myself!

Pat "I-just-got-off-the-phone-after-some-really-cool-conversational-topics-and-told-my-girlfriend-but-can't-tell-the-thousands-of-random-anonymous-readers-of-my-blog" Rothfuss, you are a cruel, cruel, awesomely bearded, yet cruel man!

I'm voting for a cameo appearance in DollHouse or the Dr. Horrible sequel.

August 18, 2008 11:15 AM  
OpenID pangalactic said...

The Dr. Horrible sequel? Would that be Dr. Rothfuss' Beard-a-long Song?

August 18, 2008 12:18 PM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

Wheel of time movie? Please no. I couldn't bring my self to get past book 3. We don't need more crappy fantasy and we certainly don't need crappy fantasy movies.

August 18, 2008 12:56 PM  
Anonymous krighton said...

i kind of enjoyed the first few books of wheel of time...sure he milked it too long, but who here doesn't want Pat to milk Kvothe a while longer past book 3...or at least more stories in the same universe.

August 19, 2008 7:38 AM  
Anonymous kip, mmmm chicken! said...

if he was milking it Iwould be pissed.

Now if he had am original story with an original plot line, then that would be good.

August 19, 2008 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you tell us what it isn't Pat?

August 23, 2008 10:05 PM  

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