Make it a Movie Monday (2) Tiger’s Curse

I am starting this meme as a way to talk about books that have made their way to film, or to (just for fun) talk about the books we wish would be made into a movie. Discussion is open to talk about any book in any way you want. Who would you have play the leads? Who would direct? Animated or live action? Etc. For more info about how to include your own Make it a Movie Monday (MiaMM) on your blog, click here.

This week my meme will focus on Tiger’s Curse, a book whose screen rights have recently been bought by Paramount Pictures. This movie is in the early (super early!) stages of film making. Being a tale containing exotic and mysterious lands, and mystical places one can hardly begin to fathom, I have decided to create a “field guide” of sorts for what I imagine the locations to be as described in Tiger’s Curse. Please note, these are my views and not the views of Colleen Houck or those involved in the movie’s production.

Tiger’s Curse
By Colleen Houck
Published January 11, 2011
Sterling Publishing / Splinter
Ages 12 and up
Author Site | Movie Site
Paramount Pictures
To be Released: 2015

Passion. Fate. Loyalty. Would you risk it all to change your destiny? The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever. Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

My On Location Field Guide:

So many sites are described as the story unfolds. Starting in Salem, Oregon, continuing in the wild jungles of India and ending in a mysterious kingdom called Kishkindha, Tiger’s Curse is full of locational eye candy! I would like to highlight some of these places in photo. (Click on the photos to see larger versions.)

Salem, Oregon - Willamette River in the foreground and Mt. Hood in the background.

Salem, Oregon Kelsey’s Hometown (Population: 137,000)
At the start of the story, Kelsey is a young woman; recently out of high school and looking for a job to support herself. That is when a traveling circus heads to town, offers her a job and takes her from the precipice on which she stands at the beginning of the book to her ultimate destiny… in India.

Mumbai, India (Population: 12.4 million)
After agreeing with Mr. Kadam to help him transport the circus tiger, Dhiren, to a sanctuary in the jungles of India, Kelsey catches her first sights of Mumbai, India from an airplane.

Mumbai, on the west coast of India

The Indian Jungle
Kelsey leaves Mumbai and heads into the jungles of Western India. There, she discovers the secrets of her precious circus tiger.

The jungles of Western India

Fact: The Indian forest Act 1927 was enacted to protect the areas having significant forest cover and wildlife. India has over 500 animal sanctuaries, also referred to as wildlife sanctuaries. Few of these have been accorded the status of tiger reserves and are of special significance in preserving the Tiger.

Rock steps leading up to the Cave of Kanheri

The Cave of Kanheri
The first clue to breaking Ren’s curse, finding the goddess Durga, is supposedly in the Cave of Kanheri. In the cave, Kelsey and Ren face many challenges prior to meeting the goddess. The challenges begin with a 2 hour hike through the jungle and a walk up these steps – but there are much more terrifying things in store for the duo.

The Goddess, Durga

The warrior aspect of the Divine Mother/Brahman (Supreme Absolute Godhead). Durga exists in a state of svātantrya (independence from the universe and anything/anybody else, i.e., self-sufficiency) and fierce compassion. Durga manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion. Durga acts as a guide for Kelsey and co. as they complete their tasks.

Beautiful and romantic...

Ren’s Secret Waterfall
Wanting to share his “favorite place” with her after trekking through the Cave of Kanheri and  meeting Durga, Ren takes Kelsey to a secluded oasis containing lush greenery, red flowers and a beautiful waterfall trickling across stepped rock outcroppings. It is here that Kelsey and Ren become closer in their relationship, and also where Kelsey meets Ren’s brother, Kishan, the black tiger for the first time.

Hampi and the Virupaksha Temple, entrance to the kingdom of Kishkindha.

Identified with the historical Kishkindha, the Vanara (monkey) kingdom mentioned in the Ramayana, the city of Hampi is home to the Virupaksha Temple, supposed entrance to the monkey kingdom. It is here that Kelsey and Ren endure many challenges in order to retrieve the first gift for Durga, all in their attempt to break the curse.

The potential home of the kappas...

Within Kishkindha, I imagine that the river of the kappas (terrifying water monsters frequently blamed for drownings) would look something like this. Can you see them ? There, under the water?

Hanuman, the Monkey God, Lord Rama and his wife, Sita.

The City of Kishkindha / Hanuman
Kelsey and Ren, looking for the golden fruit, reach the city of Kishkindha. In this city a great statue of Hanuman, the Monkey God, is erected.

A dream home... or just call it "Ren's Place".

Ren’s Home
For some reason, this is what I imagine when I think of the prince’s home in India. It’s described as the biggest home that Kelsey has ever seen. Kelsey believes that the home would not be at all out of place if it were perched in Greece off of the coast of the Mediterranean… My photo may look a bit more “tropical” than “Greek”, but since it is located in the middle of the jungle this is more what I imagine it to look like.

Ren, alone in his jungle.

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About Jenna (Does Books)

Working momma of a little pink princess and reader of all things YA. I'm an artist, writer and avid reader who swears that she's having a hard time letting go of the childish things... Let me read your latest YA book and let's see if it makes the grade!

Posted on January 30, 2012, in Make it a Movie Monday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I love the visuals you’ve created here. There is so much potential for this book as far as scenery, setting, landscape, traditions, and more compared to other books where the location is not important. I will be thrilled to see this on the big screen and have enjoyed your field guide and your visions!

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhh! I absolutely love it! Ren’s house is very similar to how I pictured it too! I am so excited to see what Paramount does with this movie!

  3. Great post! I love the location pictures that you’ve included. I’ve yet to read this book, even though I have a copy sitting on my bookshelf. I didn’t know it was optioned for film, and will most definitely move it up on the TBR list.

  4. Love it all!!! Great post!!

  5. I totally agree with you in the house -& with everything else-!! Really, I can’t wait for the movie to be ready for the big screen, it certainly breaks my heart, having to wait SO much.

  6. Hahah and all this time I was thinking that Hampi was “Humpy.” Would have been a strange name for a place I suppose! And so far I totally agree with you on this one.

  7. I love the visuals too. Spot on to what I imagined reading the book. Am so excited for the movie. I hope it comes sooner than 2015.

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