Posted by Bill R on July 14, 1998 at 13:38:26:
In Reply to: Re: American Heros posted by Gayle on July 14, 1998 at 13:13:52:
: : He is? When did that happen? I would have thought that Jack Ryan was currently the most popular hero in American fiction these days.....
: : Bill R
: I had forgotten all about Jack Ryan, but he definitely is an excellent example of what I meant about the sequel thing. He was immediately popular enough to be carried on into the subsequent novels, and his character held up just as well in the movies. Now Hawkeye was enough in demand for Cooper to retain the character and add to his story through four additional novels, but no movie director has ever been able to do all five of the Leatherstocking Tales like all of Clancy's novels were done. Would Mann's Hawkeye justify a director's additional efforts as Jack Ryan did?
: AND AN ADDITIONAL NOTE TO ELAINE - Jack Ryan was married, and it didn't stop him from adventuring all over the place and being a hero.
Quite right! Quite right! That is exactly what I meant! And, to continue your note to Elaine, not only was he married, but his family played important roles in the books and movies....even showed courage and combativeness of their own.
To relate this to a previous post, I think Mann could quite ably build upon the relationship and the character that we saw in LOTM quite successfully. It is amazing how the love a woman gives a man builds his character and stabilizes him without changing him. And Cora does NOT look like the kind who would stand in the way of Hawkeye being true to himself.....doing what he must....she would stand with him when possible and carry on until his return when not.
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