Fast forward to when the trailers of the film, John Carter, came out. I thought, "Looks cool, but do I really want to see that? The guy though...hmmm something about him." Long hair...and just a certain something. This time I did go to the internet to see what else he had been in. To my surprise, same guy! Taylor Kitsch!
Fast forward another few weeks. I'm at my brother's house and whenever a commercial for John Carter came on he exclaimed, "Alright!" Then a few moments later, "Dejathors!" I thought he was talking about a planet where the movie took place. But no, the setting is the planet Mars he explained and Deja *Thoris* is the Martian princess, and also, he told me, every pre-pubescent boy's dream. Then another lightning bolt struck. About 10 years ago I met a girl named Dejah and she told me she was named after a martian princess. It all made sense!
My brother then showed me the book below, which belonged to our dad. I felt so stupid. I had no idea that John Carter was based on a series of books, which he rattled off. A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, Warlords of Mars. There are a lot more as well. Check out the copyright date on his edition of The Gods of Mars. Some other facts about Burroughs that I shamefully didn't know either is that he also wrote Tarzan and named the ranch he lived on Tarzana. The community living nearby voted to officially name their town Tarzana. So a whole town is named after a book!
So, it is through Taylor Kitsch that I learned about Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Photos of Taylor Kitsch by:
Grant Brummett [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Book cover by Illustrator: Frank Earle Schoonover Book publisher: A.C.McClurg (BPK2 at en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons