My brother in San Francisco just texted me to say that The Earthsea Trilogy will be made into a mini-series. I'm really curious about it. My brother and I are fantasy novel buffs and that was one thing that we had in common since we were kids.
I read the Earthsea Trilogy when I was in Grade 3. It was my first taste of the fantasy novel genre (I hadn't heard of "The Lord of the Rings" yet) and I absolutely loved it. I became an Ursula Le Guin fan afterwards. The trilogy actually spurred me to write a fantasy story of my own (which I never quite finished). There were days that I would try to battle out what the "Great Quest" would be about. Would there be a dark lord? Would it be a wizard's internal struggle? I read in one of Le Guin's essays, later on, that her stories and themes really revolved around very human struggles, contemporary or otherwise. It was just the backdrop (fantasy, sci-fi) that dramatized those struggles. I agree. Well written Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories are no different from the great pieces of literature in The Canon. "The Lord of the Rings" is a shining example of this.
The Earthsea Trilogy actually evolved into a "tetralogy" as the original story in the first three novels (The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore) has since expanded into two more succeeding novels (Tehanu and The Other Wind). I've read them all and I'm quite excited to see how the novel will be translated into film.