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Am I dreaming?  What's this about the Deryni books possibly going out as Audiobooks as of February next year?  If this is true, who's reading them?  If this isn't true, some one needs to beat Amazon for teasing me....

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Hi, I'm new.

I joined recently and figured I should introduce myself. I'm a huge Deryni fan. I've read all of the books numerous times and I have Deryni Magic and the Codex which I read from cover to cover. I'm fascinated with medieval society and I also have an interest in genealogy so I found the Codex especially interesting and it was amazing the amount of detail she put into every entry.

I'm excited about the movie, although I'm looking forward more to the next "Childe Morgan" book whenever it might come out or a sequel to "King Kelson's Bride". But if the movie gets made and does well, then I assume they'll do the whole first trilogy which would be great. The Chronicles are one of my favorite of the series and I think they'll adapt well to film. Plus, Warin de Gray is one of my favorite characters so it'll be interesting to see him if the second and third movies get made along with all of the other great characters, of course.

I look forward to any further additions to the Deryni universe. Katherine Kurtz's other books are great too but the Deryni series is still my favorite and perhaps with the movie, it will be introduced to more people.

Venture in Vain

I just had to share that today I received in the mail a copy of Venture in Vain, which until recently I hadn't even heard of. Deryni Realms has this info on it: A signed, limited edition (300 copies) written for Katherine Kurtz's visit to the John M. Pfau Library at California State Univeristy, San Bernardino. The story details, from the Mearan point of view, King Donal Blaine's invasion into Meara in the year 1089 and its consequences.

I haven't finished reading it yet, but I'm really excited! It's interesting to see history from a different point of view.

Anyone else own/read this?
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Hello Everyone

I thought about whether to join this group with my fanfic journal or my IRL/Theology journal, and in the end decided to join with both but post, at least this time, as myself rather then my fanficing alter-ego.

I'm 25 years old, and am a Methodist seminarian. I read the St. Camber trilogy while I was an undergraduate considering a vocation to the ministry. I read the Kelson series- up to "King's Justice" last year about this time, as I was coming to terms with my sexuality and pondering giving up my ministerial vocation. The courage of Father Joram and Bishop Dennis Arailian gave me the strength to keep my vocation, and advocate for a more inclusive Church. Indeed, it's hard NOT to see the parallels between Deryni and LGBTs today, to me. I find that many others think so as well.

I was a bit concerned about KK's portrayal of homosexuality in In The King's Service, but this chat log seems to show that KK is in fact explicitly pro-gay, just a bit incautious about how her writing could be taken.

Anyway, what do you all think.

Hopefully Wonderful News from the Hollywood Reporter

Columbia sees a franchise in 'Deryni'

Studio picks up spec based on Katherine Kurtz's novel

By Borys Kit

Oct 24, 2008, 01:00 AM ET

Columbia Pictures is bringing Katherine Kurtz's "Deryni Rising" to the big screen.

In a six-figure deal, the studio has picked up "Deryni" as a spec by Alex Sabeti. Jimmy Miller is producing via his Mosaic banner.

"Deryni" is a historical fantasy novel first published in 1970 that launched Kurtz's "Deryni Kingdom" series that, almost 40 years later, encompasses five trilogies, short stories and reference books.

The story is set in a medieval kingdom of humans alongside the Deryni, a race of people with psychic and magical abilities. The first novel centers on a young prince who, after the death of his father the king, must defend his throne from a Deryni usurper.

Sabeti also will serve as an executive producer.

Sabeti, repped by UTA and Mosaic, is best known for writing "The Art of Cool," his high school comedy take on Sun Tzu's "Art of War" that Columbia picked up in 2006. After the sale, Sabeti didn't want to be pigeon-holed as a teen comedy scribe, so he decided to look for stories in an action genre to prove he had more than one voice.

"Deryni" was one of his favorite books as a boy, and Sabeti thought it offered feature franchise potential. He used the earnings from his first showbiz sale to option the entire book series. He adapted it on spec, which gave him a greater degree of control over how he told the book's story.

Columbia now takes over the movie rights to the books, which it hopes to turn into a tentpole franchise.

Andrea Giannetti, who worked with Sabeti on "Cool," is overseeing the project for Columbia.
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I have a somewhat geeky fanboy question about the characters in this series. What if the powers and otherworldly religious "experiences" of teh Deryni are merely an abberant, recessive geen whose effects are delusional to the carrier and only suggestive to others, dependent upon whether they BELIEVE in the power, but has no effects on any doubters.

Like witches in the middleages....