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Fri, July 11th, 2014
Marrying Mr. Darcy: Will Janeites’ Wishes Come True?
Posted by: Karen Doornebos

But We Do Wish for Cards On a summer afternoon not too long ago, a party of five ladies from The Jane Austen Society of North America’s Greater Chicago Region, some in bonnets, gathered to play a game of cards. No, it wasn’t whist, loo, vignt-et-un, or any of the other card games popular during Austen’s […]


Fri, May 9th, 2014
The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond
Posted by: Ben Segedin

Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade Born in 1894, Samuel Dashiell Hammett lived until 1961. As a young man he worked as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, an experience that provided him with plenty of material for his future work as a writer of detective fiction. He served briefly in the U.S. Army […]


Thu, June 28th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Consider this BTT a call to pre-”Read the Screen”: trailers have recently been released for film versions of beloved novels. Neither is due in theaters until later this year, giving faithful re-readers reason to pick them up anew and new readers plenty of time to find out where it all began. While this is certainly […]


Thu, March 1st, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Frankenweenie
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Even master of imagination Tim Burton draws inspiration from the most classic of classics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Remaking a short film he created almost 30 years ago, Burton’s feature-length, stop motion-animated Frankenweenie will hit theaters in the spooky season of Fall 2012. This time Frankenstein is a kid named Victor whose “monster” is his beloved […]


Thu, November 24th, 2011
Book Trailer Thanksgiving: Why We Broke Up
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s BTT doesn’t quite qualify as a trailer, but I’d argue that it has the same intented result as one: what better way to drum up excitement for a new book than by inviting the blogosphere to step right up and share hilarious and heartbreaking tales of their own? The Why We Broke Up […]


Tue, January 4th, 2011
Literary Spin-offs: Dracula
Posted by: David Pitt

Dracula, Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, has spawned a plethora of movie adaptations, homages, rip-offs, and spin-offs. Its literary progeny are fewer, but there are some interesting literary spin-offs. First and most obvious is Dracula: the Un-Dead (2009), a direct sequel written by Dacre Stoker, Bram’s great-grandnephew, and Dracula scholar Ian Holt. It’s an imaginative and […]


Tue, December 21st, 2010
Literary Spin-offs: A Christmas Carol
Posted by: David Pitt

Okay, so you’ve seen, and this is just a conservative estimate, 1,489,226 television shows and movies based — sometimes exceedingly loosely — on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843). But how many literary spin-offs have you read? Adam Roberts, the British science fiction writer and parodist — I talked about him back in March, in […]


Wed, November 3rd, 2010
Literary Spin-offs: H. G. Wells
Posted by: David Pitt

It’s probably safe to assume you’re aware of the myriad Sherlock Holmes stories written by people who are not, strictly speaking, Arthur Conan Doyle. Or the James Bond novels by writers who bear not even a passing resemblance to Ian Fleming.   Those are probably the most famous literary spin-offs, but they’re  hardly the only ones. From time to […]





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